Words of Comfort
Our enemy and our fears are real, but so is our God
Updated Apr 11, 2020 at 8:15 AM
Editor’s Note: With so many churches in our area having to suspend worship services during the coronavirus pandemic, we are asking local pastors to partner with us in bringing a daily message of hope and comfort to readers during this difficult time.
I was meditating on Psalm 56 recently. When David wrote this psalm, he was surrounded by enemies on all sides. He said they wanted to kill him (verses 1-2), and that they were lying in wait to jump him at any moment (verse 6). These were enemies that David could see and at least anticipate to some degree. But in the midst of the danger, he came to God in prayer and proclaimed clearly, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” (verse 3)
Today, many people feel they are surrounded by an “enemy” ... a virus that might cause them discomfort or serious health problems. Or even worse, impact a loved one who is considered “high risk.” Many feel like they are surrounded by an invisible attacker, and that they are just one sneeze or contaminated grocery cart away from serious problems.
We definitely need to be cautious during this time. But you can sanitize every surface and wear a mask worthy of chemical warfare ... and something will still be lacking from an emotional standpoint. All the sanitizer in the world might bring some comfort, but it cannot help you deal with your fear.
David was always honest about his feelings when he penned the psalms that bear his name. I think it is interesting that he doesn’t say, “I put my trust in you, so I am NOT afraid.” No, he said, “When I AM afraid, I will trust in you.” David looked at it this way ... my enemy and my fear are real, but so is my God.
And the same is true for those today who can call Him Father. We struggle with fear, but we go to God and “find grace to help in a time of need.” And that grace and help is Jesus Christ.
Tim Price is pastor of Holy Mountain Baptist Church in Kingsport.