March 25, 2020

I Shall Not Be Moved

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
—Psalm 16:8

There's a lot of movement going on in the world right now. I don't mean of people. Not only are people being told to "shelter in place," but entire nations are closing their borders to outsiders.

No, the movement we see is in public policy, in what we're being told to and what we're being told not to do, in statistics, in store closures, in unemployment. All that we used to count on is now untethered. But the Letter to the Hebrews [6:19] tells us that all is not, nor can it ever be lost, for we have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul. And this hope is the promise of God.

During these days of isolation, as we are being forced by circumstances to turn inward, may we not despair, but let our hearts speak to us of a God who will not forsake us, and in whom we can find a stability that is sorely lacking in the world around us.

In a world that is filled with fear and uncertainty, O God, speak to my heart of your love; make your abiding presence known to me; and keep my heart fixed on you; in your Son's Name, who taught me to pray: Our Father...

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