The God Of Social Distancing
Psalm 138:4-6 "Every king in all the earth will thank you, Lord, for all of them will hear your words. Yes, they will sing about the Lord’s ways, for the glory of the Lord is very great. Though the Lord is great, he cares for the humble, but he keeps his distance from the proud."
I love the message Matt brought yesterday about humility. We can sometimes think that we have all the answers, but in drawing near to God, brokenness and humility are the keys. I love that in this psalm it says, "God cares for the humble, but keeps his distance from the proud." God practices social distancing too! But not because of the virus but because of pride. On that note, I'm glad that the rainbow got some form of redemtion in this crisis. It symbolises God's promise never to flood the earth and destroy us again. It was never meant to be the symbol of pride and of sin. Looking at this global situation, it has levelled the playing field I think. I feel humbled, and I think many people, even in the world, have been brought down a notch (in humility) by this. It's a great place to start again, recognising, that humanly speaking, that we aren't "all that" after all. Praise God. Even the kings of the earth will thank God and praise Him. Like it says in Habakkuk 2:14,
"The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord."
Perhaps, all along, this is a set up from God drawing us closer and deeper so He can pour out a glory that we've not seen before.
Father thank You that you give grace to the humble. We say come near to us. Forgive us of pride, forgive our nation of its pride, forgive humanity of its arrogance, and please come close again. Let Your Glory fill the earth, let Your Name be lifted up, even by kings! In Jesus' name Amen.