Our Lord is Good
In reading Psalm 118 I am reminded how our Lord feels about us. With Easter approaching, we look to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our Father allowed Jesus to die for our sins and then gave him back to us.
In Psalm 118 we are reminded that our Father is good.
Psalm 118:1 (NIV)
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
Recent events will change how we celebrate this Easter season and will likely have an impact on celebrations for years to come. Many are worried right now, and rightly so, many fears and worries are based on what is currently happening in the world, but instead it should be based on what we believe the Lord will or will not do for us. If we put our faith in the Lord, The Lord will reward us with all that is good.
Psalm 118:4-8 (NIV)
4 Let those who fear the Lord say:
“His love endures forever.”
5 When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord;
he brought me into a spacious place.
6 The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
7 The Lord is with me; he is my helper.
I look in triumph on my enemies.
8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in humans.
Let’s not put faith in mankind to make things right. Let’s put faith in our Lord and see what is really happening around us. There is a lot of evil out there and good people that suffer as a result. As a believer I fear not having a relationship with our Lord will have far more lasting consequences then anything the evil on earth can do to me.
There are 100’s, 1000’s and maybe more stories of good out there. People are helping their neighbors; people are helping total strangers. Many people are putting their lives on the line tending to the health of people sickened by a deadly disease. In a time of crisis, the goodness of our Lord shines through.
This Easter season will be remembered by all. People will not gather in a physical building to celebrate the risen Christ but will be doing so isolated physically from others. We must remember, the building we call our church is just a building. The people are the Church.
Matthew 18:20 (NIV)
20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
This Easter season we should always remember that there are no physical barriers that can prevent us from celebrating the Risen king. Those who wish to push back against Christians may see this as time of squashing celebrations. I personally see this as a time of strengthening and growing the number of Christians and followers of Jesus Christ.
Traditional church services have now evolved, all the barriers have been knocked down. People no longer have to miss opportunities to worship based on their work schedule, family schedule or anything that takes them away on Sunday morning. While it would be nice if we could all celebrate the sabbath on the same day, the reality is, our Faith is the same, but our lives are different.
We are reminded in this time of isolation that there are many doors we can walk through to profess out Faith. Technology now allows us the opportunity to Celebrate with others all over the world. Churches small and large are sending their messages out onto the world wide web. God’s message is more widespread and, in more variations, then at any time in the history of mankind.
The people are the Church. No matter where we are or what we are doing, the opportunity to worship our Lord with others is available to us. It does not have to be Sunday morning; God is with you 24/7.
Our Lord holds us high and will never let us down. Take time, it can be anytime, and give thanks to our Lord.
Psalm 118:29 (NIV)
29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.