Lindy’s CV Memo 3-27-2020

As we experience the second week of our “new normal” pace of life with COVID-19 restrictions, it is slowly settling in that this is how life is going to be for a while. As people we know start to get sick, as students figure out what high school looks like from their home, as kids can no longer play on playgrounds, as jobs are lost, it is difficult to process through what we are feeling as we simply try to keep up with what is next through each change and circumstance.

Last Sunday, the underground lesson focused on Psalm 56. As David is captured by his enemies, the Philistines, he pours out his feeling to his God – his fear, his anger, his sadness, and ultimately his confidence. The lesson gave three specific steps that our students (and all of us) can take through this time of upheaval.

The first thing to do is consider the what – name the stress, the worry, the anxiety. David starts off his prayer by saying that “man has trampled upon me” (v. 1, NAS). He is captured, he feels trampled upon and he states it to God right away. Next, consider the why or the how. He writes “they are many who fight proudly against me” (v. 2). He is in captivity and this is an ongoing problem for him! As he considers how he is feeling, he writes that he is afraid (v. 3). And then, David focuses on the who. He pivots his focus to God when he writes, “I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust. I shall not be afraid” (v. 3b-5, NAS). Going through these steps of what, why/how and who are a way that we can acknowledge the loss that we feel during this time or consider the emotions that we are feeling day to day or even minute to minute! It is also a way that we can help those around us to process through the avalanche of emotions that can quickly become overwhelming. And ultimately, these steps place our focus and trust in our God through this season of upheaval.

God is with us through all of this and David acknowledges the personal presence of his God as he writes “You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights. Each tear entered in your ledger, each ache written in your book” (v. 8, The Message). God cares about every thought, every concern and every emotion that we are experiencing through this. He cares about what keeps us up at night and what keeps us going every day. Along with David, we can state definitively, “This I know, that God is for me. In God, whose word I praise. In the Lord, whose word I praise. In God I have put my trust. I shall not be afraid. (v. 9b – 11a).