Psalms for Troubled Times
Praise be to the Lord,
for he showed me the wonders of his love
when I was in a city under siege.
In my alarm I said,
“I am cut off from your sight!”
Yet you heard my cry for mercy
when I called to you for help.
The appalling invasion of Ukraine, the tragic loss of innocent lives in this war, and the heartless actions of Putin have sent shockwaves around the world. The world as we know it changed in just a few days. Many of us will naturally feel unsettled as we try to digest the horror of what we are witnessing each day.
Over the next three Sunday mornings we will look at three Psalms which provide a model for us for how to respond to such acts of wickedness and unprovoked aggression. It is remarkable how profoundly the experience of the Psalmist in writing these three Psalms resonates with the horrific events currently unfolding in Ukraine. They describe a God who is faithful to his people, even when it appears wicked and violent oppressors are running rampant. They promise that God listens and sees to the most helpless of victims when they cry out to him, even when he feels distant. They assure us that one day God will right all wrongs, and will pay back wrongdoers in full.
Join us over these next three Sunday mornings as we reflect together on these Psalms for troubled times:
13th March – Psalm 31 – Remembering our lives are in God’s hands
20th March – Psalm 10 – Seeking God in times of trouble
27th March – Psalm 27 – Waiting Confidently upon God