MY REFUGE

The October surprise, and probably not the last one, came early this year—before the first day was over. The media, including social media, are gorging on hysteria—their favorite meal—over our president contracting the virus. But I would venture that, with all the hate and rage and divisiveness in America, his mortality rate is better in a Walter Reed Hospital bed than it is in the midst of the roaring multitudes that attend his rallies around the country. Those who self-righteously demanded and got so-called hate speech codes written into the laws of the land are now gleefully calling for the president’s demise. Is there not a code for such inhuman hate as that? Adam fell in the Garden, and mankind is still plumbing new depths of depravity. Lord, have mercy!

And speaking of divisiveness, in 70 A.D., when General Titus’s Roman legions besieged Jerusalem, the Jews were so torn by internal strife that they fought and killed one another when the Romans were not trying to scale the walls. The city fell spectacularly. When the Visigoths approached the gates of Rome in 410 A. D., the city was so weakened by internal division and debauchery it was a walkover for the barbarians. I wonder if Vlad P. and Xi J. are salivating as they watch what’s going in in America.

But this is the Lord’s Day and King David, who experienced more than his share of chaos, hatred and persecution, speaks for me: “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’” (Psalm 122:1) I am so grateful for such a refuge in the storm. The very gates of hell will not prevail against the Lord’s House, where I will worship the Lord who made heaven and earth and everything in it, who counts the hairs on my head, who numbered my days, who loves me with an infinite love, who knows my thoughts before I think them, who has foreordained whatsoever comes to pass, and one day “I shall see him in the flesh.”  The greatest novel ever written didn’t have a happy ending like this reality.

Our God reigns.  See you in church.

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