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Devotion - March 26, 2020

Psalm 16

Song of Trust and Security in God

A Miktam of David.

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord;

I have no good apart from you.’

As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble,

in whom is all my delight.

Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows;

their drink-offerings of blood I will not pour out

or take their names upon my lips.

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;

you hold my lot.

The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;

I have a goodly heritage.

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.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;

my body also rests secure.

For you do not give me up to Sheol,

or let your faithful one see the Pit.

You show me the path of life.

In your presence there is fullness of joy;

in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

Devotion by Lynne Buell

I had my doubts about the seriousness of our current pandemic situation because I’m a skeptic. Also, years ago I watched a movie called “Wag the Dog” about a war that was fabricated by a Hollywood producer and the adviser of the President of the United States to cover up a scandal. I have no doubt that in today’s world of technology something like this could happen. But then I became concerned about the panic that caused many folks to hoard groceries and the subsequent closing of schools and other public establishments. What is the first thing you see when the news comes on? Continual updates on the number of people who are sick with the virus, who have died from the virus (excluding information about possible preexisting conditions playing a part in their deaths) and other COVID 19-related situations. It’s scary.

I’m trying to keep a standard routine ongoing. Fortunately, my job at the church is done remotely from home, and I’m used to living alone and cooking for myself. Nevertheless, I miss having the freedom of going to places where I can interact with people. I don’t like ‘not’ knowing when the end is in sight. That’s a bit troubling. So, I found this Psalm that brings me the comfort I need to get through the days of the strange and unknown. What I DO know is that our God is with us and will provide the love and comfort we need to survive.

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