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Between the Times

We are in the midst of our “Between the Times” series. This title comes from the understanding that these psalms (Psalms 120-134) were psalms sung as the people traveled to the temple. For us, as pilgrims traveling this life, we too are called to sing. These psalms may be sung as we are ‘between the times’. We are between this world and the next. We are journeying from our life of sin to holiness. We travel from home to work and back again. We travel from home to church.

We are people on the move.

Last Sunday, we looked at Psalm 124. This psalm is one that meets us in the difficulty of life. “…if it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when people rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us;” We are reminded that it is the Lord who is on our side.

My question this morning is this, “Are we willing to place all our trust in Him?” The psalmist is not talking about our culture's idea of the 'good life'. He has not escaped life without any scratches. He has in fact been rescued from the flood. It was God who has kept him safe. Our God is one who wants us to rest in Him. Our God wants us to ask the tough questions– He knows that He is larger than anything you face.

The last thing I would like to point out is that these psalms are to be sung by the people of God. These psalms are not sung in isolation. When we go through the ‘floods’, we must remember that we go through them together. One of the devil’s favorite lies is to tell you that you are alone. The psalmist even reminds us in 124, “let Israel now say…” This is a passage that is all about community. Your hurts, disappointments, floods, and snares are communal. You are not alone. In this world of increased isolation, do not let this point go by you quickly.

May we find our help "in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth" (Psalm 124:8).

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