“Trust in the Lord! He is our help and our shield.”Psalm 115:9
You know that phone call, that text, that sentence that stops time? It happened to my dear friend the other day. That’s why the text I got telling me about it stopped me in mytracks. It was that cold feeling in the pit of my stomach, the slightly queasy, just stop-the-world-for-a-minute feeling. When someone near you has a crisis, it invariably occurs to you that this could be you…it’s just not this time. Anytime, anywhere a crisis could happen to us. A car wreck, a diagnosis, a finding out of bad news…it’s not something you would ever plan. So are you prepared? What will you do for someone else? What about if it was you?
After being stunned, I prayed. I cried out to the Lord to help my friend! And then went to His Word asking Him for a word for her. In Psalm 115, I got this that very day.
Psalm 115 begins with, “Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” In other words, why should the people around us wonder if God is with us or not. Our lives should be the evidence that He is. The psalmist contrasts this God-evident life with the lives of the idol worshippers that surrounded God’s people. “Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. They have ears, but do not hear; noses , but do not smell….” . It goes on to describe the inanimate, non-functioning, idol and says that those who worship and trust in them will become like them.
So what is the converse of those who are made in the image of a living God and walk with Him? We are fearfully and wonderfully made! We are alive!
We have mouths that can speak of Him and His great works.
We have eyes to behold His creation and His doings.
We have ears to hear Him speak. We have noses to smell the sweet scent of flowers, the aroma of delicious food, and the smell of smoke from a fire. We have feet and can walk about freely and hands that can reach out to help or give a loving touch. We are made in His image, so we have His qualities. So we are like our Father and have the choice to walk in His nature and develop these attributes.
This psalmist is pointing out, crying out, for God’s people to trust in Him! “O Israel, trust in the Lord! He is your help and your shield.” He then calls on the “House of Aaron” to also trust in the Lord; this is the tribe of Levi that the priests came from.
Very important if you are the leader to trust in the Lord! So he is led by God to exhort them , “You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord! He is your help and your shield.” Then it says definitively, “He will bless those who fear the Lord.” Then he goes on to remind you that you are trusting the same God “who made heaven and earth!” Good reminder. The psalm ends with two powerful statements: “We will bless the Lord from this time on” and “We will praise the Lord!” May we do the same.
Prayer fro Psalm 115: Oh dearest Lord, may those around us see that we trust in You. May we exhibit Your attributes and make you evident. Especially when we get thrust upon the stage of crisis and everyone is looking. Holy Spirit, help us trust when our faith is wavering. Jesus, speak into our ears Your words. May we see where You are in this place. Lord, and Father, we do fear You and may we fear You more than our crisis! May we tremble at the thought of missing out on Your purpose for us. Open our ears, Lord, to what You are saying in this moment. Open our eyes to see You in this place. Holy Spirit urge our hands to do Your work…touch with Your love. And move our feet where You would have us to go. May we taste the flavors of life and enjoy the sweet scents! We are trust in you. You are our help and our shield. I am deciding to bless You, Lord. I am deciding to praise You…even in my crisis. Amen.