A Psalm For Our Sanity

Ooft, there’s no other way to say it, the restrictions now placed on us here in Melbourne are brutal.

Yesterday evening we entered a ‘State of Disaster’, which now means we have a curfew, limited time for exercise, and we’re unable to travel more than 5km from our home (except for special circumstances). This is now in place for six weeks, and is off the back of a second lockdown of which we had already been in for three weeks.

There’s not much to say.

It’s been tough, it’s going to continue to be tough.

There’s a range of feels–annoyance, sadness, denial, shock, depression, apathy, anger, and whatever else you’ve been going through.

It’s times like this I’m thankful for the Psalms.

5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
    my hope comes from him.
6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
7 My salvation and my honour depend on God;
    he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
8 Trust in him at all times, you people;
    pour out your hearts to him,
    for God is our refuge. (Psalm 62:5-8)

There are plenty of Psalms that may help those of us who are struggling right now. And it seems the lament-style are the most appropriate ones. Here in Psalm 62 I find comfort in the words like rest, hope, rock, fortress, refuge and trust. These are words that resonate with the God I know, and I hope they are words that resonate with the God you know too. With so much changing, often by the day, knowing God is firm and solid and provides care and refuge for us is important. He gives us something stable to rely on in these unreliable days.

These days are not easy. And while we may all be in this wild seas together, each household is in a different boat. As we navigate the range of emotions we feel and the situations we find ourselves in may we show the kindness and graciousness of God to each other and to ourselves.

4 Replies to “A Psalm For Our Sanity”

  1. Very encouraging words, Jon, for those of us who believe in the Lord. It is so much easier for those of us who have placed our trust in Him. There is an urgency, however, to pray for those who don’t know the Lord and are not equipped as we are during this time. We can’t reach them in any other way right now, but we must pray, pray, PRAY for the lost! Good works alone is not enough. We must ask the Holy Spirit to move once again to move in power over this land and the world. Love the Hymn
    “Shine Jesus, shine, Fill this land with the Father’s glory;
    Blaze Spirit, blaze, set our hearts on fire;
    Flow river, flow, flood the nations with grace and mercy;
    Send forth your Word, Lord, and let there be light.”

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    1. Indeed Marlene. Thanks for reading and commenting. Many are doing it tough because of situations and their understanding of life. The call to pray is a right one.

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      1. God bless you, Jon, and your gorgeous family. So much despair and fear out there. We think of them, outside of ourselves and our families; we pray for healing, protection, provision, and, most of all, for their salvation, however the Lord wants to do it as we get silenced more and more.

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