Psalm 57:1 “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by.”

What an appropriate verse for the world today. Everywhere I turn, there are stories of calamity and destruction. Countries are being locked down. Fear is overtaking many. Panic buying has begun. In the midst of all of this what are we to do?

This psalm was written by David when he was hiding out in a cave trying to avoid being killed by Saul and his army. He and his men knew fear in those days. Their lives were on the line. They were isolated and cut off, forced to be in hiding. From that place, David cries out, have mercy on me, O God! I trust that you are in control. I will remain in You, hiding out but trusting, until all this has passed.

And maybe our response to what’s going on in the world today should be the same. Lord, have mercy on us, for Your mercy, Your undeserved favor, is what we need right now. We trust that You are in control when it appears that everything and everyone is out of control. We will trust in You no matter what. We’re just going to camp out with You for a while. We’re going to rest in You and abide with You. We need You right now so here we are. We’re not going to budge in our faith. And someday this will all be over. Someday we’ll be able to look back at all of this and see how You guided us and led us through all this. In the meantime, we’ll keep holding on to You.