Lifted Up

Key Texts: Psalm 30:1-3

I will exalt you, Lord,

   for you lifted me out of the depths

   and did not let my enemies gloat over me.

Lord my God, I called to you for help,

   and you healed me.

You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;

   you spared me from going down to the pit.

As I write these words, there is a raging thunderstorm outside my door.

The temperature, which had been hovering in the nineties earlier today, has probably dropped at least twenty-five degrees in a couple of hours. The lightning is coming fast and furious and the lights have already flickered on and off. Soon, I might be writing in the dark.

It seems like a good time to write about how God can lift us out of the depths and the realm of the dead.

It’s funny how most of us can go happily about our business, self-confidant, strong, ready to take on the day – until – CRASH – the lightning and the rains come, then the flood waters, then down we go into a pit that is dark and we think, “Is this it? Is it over?”

I’m not talking about a literal storm or flood necessarily, but you get my point.

We are so fragile really. For all our bravado, we are so fragile.

So, it’s good to be reminded by the Psalmist that God is our strength and refuge, always.

It’s good to recall that there is no storm so great, no pit so dark or deep, that God cannot reach us there.

There is no sin, either, that is so great, so dark or deep, that God cannot reach us there too.

As the Apostle Paul said so well, there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

So, take cover, not just physical cover from an evening thunderstorm, but spiritual cover as well.

Allow yourself to be shielded under the loving care of God.

Go there, rest there, find peace there, no matter what the weather outside is doing.

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