God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble; therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, and though the mountains tremble in the heart of the sea. (From Psalm 46)
I guess, for this generation, this is the most “trouble” - as the psalmist put it - we have been through as a community, as a nation, as a world. But now, when we have a medical and scientific way out of this pandemic, we hear rumours and incredible stories about the very solution we have been waiting for! Why is it that so many are happy to trust something they hear second-hand, whizzing around the internet on social media (adding to the “trouble”) but not highly credible scientists or a front-line nurse or doctor working so hard for us? The psalmist, lamenting all this trouble, goes on and says, The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold…… ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.’ That is the voice I will be listening for; that is the voice I will continue to trust. So speak Lord, and let the storm be stilled.