Living in the information age certainly has its downside doesn’t it? Much like the housing collapse of 2008, this COVID-19 virus blindsided us and flipped our worlds upside down. But, true to the age we live in, there is no lack of information. Just one Goggle search this morning produced 4,320,000,000 results in 0.55 seconds! I risk suggesting that perhaps we don’t need any more information. What we may need is something to calm our troubled hearts. My suggestion is to do some old things. A simple daily practice. You can find a broader context for this practice in the sermon I gave last week (https://vimeo.com/397723393).
Here’s the idea in a nutshell. Psalm 23:6 declares, “Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” There’s a lot of historians that believe David wrote this Psalm later in his life. Quite likely when he was in exile after his son Absolom decided to launch a coup. Suffice it to say, if that’s true, there weren’t a lot of easily discovered places goodness and mercy followed David in that season. But they were there! David just needed to carefully look for them. It’s in the recognition of God’s daily mercies that one can take heart-even in the most challenging times. Far too much focus can fall on the challenges of our day. Why not devote some attention to discovering God’s goodness and mercy that has pursued you each day?
So tonight, as you lay down, look back and ask God to show you His goodness and mercy. Last night Betsy and I practiced this. Just listening to her account calmed my soul. It wasn’t all earth-shattering movements. It was things like noticing the joyful song of a cardinal and having an opportunity to calm someone’s fears. The power is not always in the size of the gift but rather in seeing the presence of the Giver. It’s an old practice but certainly worth a new try.
“It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night.”