June 21, 2015
- First reading and Psalm
- Second reading
- Mark 4:35-41
9 The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed,
a refuge in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.
11 Sing praises to the Lord who reigns in Jerusalem.
Tell the world about his unforgettable deeds.
12 For he who avenges murder cares for the helpless.
He does not ignore the cries of those who suffer.
13 Lord, have mercy on me.
See how my enemies torment me.
Snatch me back from the jaws of death.
14 Save me so I can praise you publicly at Jerusalem’s gates,
so I can rejoice that you have rescued me.
15 The nations have fallen into the pit they dug for others.
Their own feet have been caught in the trap they set.
16 The Lord is known for his justice.
The wicked are trapped by their own deeds. Quiet Interlude
17 The wicked will go down to the grave.
This is the fate of all the nations who ignore God.
18 But the needy will not be ignored forever;
the hopes of the poor will not always be crushed.
19 Arise, O Lord!
Do not let mere mortals defy you!
Judge the nations!
20 Make them tremble in fear, O Lord.
Let the nations know they are merely human.
I don’t know about you, but with what is going on in our nation and what is going on in my own life, I really needed this passage this morning. I believe this passage is a direct result of a prayer that Pam and I prayed last night. The Lord is reminding us that He IS our refuge. I think of the terrible tragedy that we learned of as we awoke yesterday morning. The world is full of hate and wrong and evil. Those who are evil will find ways to hurt the good – and for no good reason.
Verse 10 is my prayer this morning, “Lord, I will trust in You.” It is so easy to trust in the Lord when things are going well, but then there are times – times like right now that you almost have to double down your efforts to trust God – trust His plan – we may not know what it is – but He does.
In the meantime, I plan to keep singing His praises – telling people about this amazing God I serve – telling people about all the amazing things He does.
I love what David writes and I’ve paraphrased it for my own life this morning, “Lord have mercy on me, save me, I will praise you, I will worship you, I will rejoice, I have been rescued.” This Psalm has been paired with the story of David and Goliath from the Old Testament. David knew who to trust in – He didn’t trust in the king’s armor – He didn’t trust in horses – or even his slingshot. He asked Goliath, “Who is this who defies the God of Angel Armies? You come at us with sticks and stone, but I come against you in the name of the God of Angel Armies!”