Happy Pslam Sunday! Here is the printable for April.
As we are in the middle of a global crisis I cant help but be thankful for the reminder Psalm Sunday brings us. This morning as I was sitting surrounded by my husband and kids enjoy our Sunday service in jammies with coffee in hand all huddled around a screen streaming church I was filled with gratitude. Gratitude for all the things we take for granted daily. The food in our cupboards, the cozy safe place we call home, my kiddos surrounding us and the fact that my husband can easily work from home. We have access to a great school district doing what they can to insure our kids get the education they need and a wonderful Church that has been working so hard to show up and make Church available to us and our kiddos from the comfort of our jammies and couch. I hope that in the mist of this crisis you too can find gratitude in something. Slivers of hope that we can hold onto. I do wish for some normalcy but I would be lying if I would say that I wanted things to totally go back to “normal”. I have seen more generosity in total strangers WORLD WIDE than I have ever seen before. More people risking their own lives to help their neighbors. More people doing hard things to protect the vulnerable. More people seeking the face of God on the news DAILY than I ever have before. More people coming together as the hands and feet of Jesus and singing songs of Praise and worship outside hospitals, in the streets and hanging out of their apartment buildings all over the world. Its amazing what a very small virus can do but its also amazing how people have come together, slowed down their pace and refocused on what is REALLY important. I know there are so many people hurting so I don’t want to take away from that reality but there is also SO MUCH GOOD. God always works good out of disaster. Some kind of fruit always comes fourth after a crisis. He is the light in our darkness. The Bible tells us time and time again. Just looks at the life of Job for just one example. His life was littered with one crisis after another and God restored what was taken from him and doubled it. (JOB 42:10)
When Jesus came into Jerusalem on Psalm Sunday all the people were shouting HOSANA, HOSANA which means save us, save us. They were watching as prophesy unfolded before their eyes. But what they thought was happening and what actually was happening were two different things. The people thought that Jesus was coming to save them from their taxes, the Romans, their disease and all their earthly troubles- but Jesus had come to do so much more. He came to Save the people – ALL people from their sin. To rip the veil have release the Holy Spirit to dwell among them.
Sometimes things seem like the worst thing ever. Disease. Economic crisis. Maybe these people too were confused as to why their worldly burdens weren’t lifted. Why were they were still under the Romans being heavily taxed and disease was still destroying their bodies. Why they weren’t “saved” in the ways they thought they would be. God had so much more in store for them when he sent Jesus his son the Savior of the World. So much more then they could even imagine. They couldn’t see how things were going to unfold at the time but we know how the story goes. Jesus the King rode in on a donkey. Was charged for crimes he didn’t commit. beaten. mocked. humiliated. Hung on a cross naked for all to see and finally he died the most painful death. The people couldn’t understand what was happening. They are seeing their Savior die. He can’t save them dead. They are confused, hurt, broken. But he comes back restored and defeated the death that was meant to hold him. HE IS ALIVE. As alive today as he was then and we can rest assured that he hasn’t changed.
He is in the mist of our current crisis. He is alive and working behind the scenes even if we cant see what he is up to, he is up to something. He has it all figured out and already knew this was coming and already knows what is going to happen next. We can rest in knowing that he has in under control. There is nothing to big or to hard for him.