NOTE: While Pastor Charlie is on a trip out of the country through June 5, he has chosen some of his favorite blog posts from his weblog from 2020 to 2021 to share.
From: August 8, 2020
8 Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts. 9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.
10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. 11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky. 12 The Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. 13 Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps.
What a beautiful imagery this is.
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
Righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.
From “The Message” Translation:
Love and Truth meet in the street, Right Living and Whole Living embrace and kiss! Truth sprouts green from the ground, Right Living pours down from the skies!
There is hope that God will continue to bring creation back to what God has intended. There is hope that the days will come when embracing and kissing of God’s goodness, as well as embracing and kissing that has been taken away from us the past five months will happen once again.
There is hope.
The psalmist writes, “Surely his salvation is at hand…” Salvation, or to be saved means to be made whole, complete, well. We look forward to the day when our world will be made well, and there will be healing and wholeness.
I know that the news doesn’t seem to get any better. I know there are more questions than answers. I know that there is a longing for “back to normal.” I know we yearn for the day we can watch movies and shows and not cringe when we see people embrace instead of social distancing. We long for the day when we can be at a sporting event in a crowded stadium or on a packed theater for a show without fear. We wish for the opportunity to shop and be able to smile at those we see without a mask blocking our expressions.
The words of the psalmist were written thousands of years ago. Thousands. And yet, they speak to us today.
There is hope. God has not abandoned us. God will come and save you and me. Salvation. We will be made well. Healing and wholeness will be ours.
Let us listen to what the Lord has to say.
There is hope.
Let us pray: Almighty God, Let me hear what you will speak. We long for your salvation. Come to us, abide with us, comfort and make us whole. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.