Thought for the week – 13.5.21

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The day when everything falls apart.

I will sing of your steadfast love O Lord, for ever. Psalm 89:1.

I’d not had a good day. Compared with unfolding tragedy in the hospitals of India or the deadly crush in the passageway in Israel, my troubles are trivial. But my day held sufficient troubles for me to think, ‘O Lord, what will happen next’?

In my quiet time that evening, I’m following a devotional translation of the Psalms written by the late Biblical scholar, Alec Motyer (Christian Focus Publications). It’s Psalm 89 and Motyer’s thoughts begin ‘Have you a recipe for the day when everything falls apart’? His question speaks to my situation.

The writer of the Psalm, Ethan the Ezrahite, faces troubles that shake the foundation of his faith. Jerusalem’s fortifications in ruin, her enemies rejoice in triumph whilst her leaders go into shameful captivity.

God has sworn that the throne of Israel’s rulers, the House of David, will last ‘as long as the heavens endure’. Ethan asks the difficult question; can he trust God’s promises despite the realities he sees?

What’s Ethan’s recipe for the day when his world falls apart?

Despite everything, Ethan confidently writes, ‘I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, for ever’. His faith provides a sure bulwark. ‘Lord, who is like you? You are mighty and your faithfulness is all around you’.

David James, Glencruitten House.