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KEVIN MATTATALL: Blessing the Lord at all times

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King David in the Bible lived a life of highs and lows. He was anointed to be the new king while ducking spears from the old king. He publicly killed Goliath with a slingshot to privately being in isolation hiding in a cave.

David faced many enemies and fought many battles yet in Psalm 34 we read, “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

How do we bless the Lord at all times when some of those times are hard times? How do we continually offer praise when we seldom think to give God the praise He deserves?

I believe David knew that people may point out your weaknesses and forsake you in times of trouble while God offers to forgive our mistakes as He pours into us His love, mercy and grace.

Jesus said life would come with many storms. Maybe He saw today in our world when He said the wise need to build their house upon the Rock.

When I think of being safe, I was hoping Jesus meant those who believe would miss all the storms. Truth is He never said that we would miss the storms but that He will go with us every step of the way and bring us safely through to the other side.

It would be nice to have the playbook on the COVID-19 virus, but no one knows how or when it will end because no one has gotten to the end and sent us back a report. We are all fighting but our war room is not some underground bunker where generals plan their attack but we are in each home planning covert missions to pick up a few groceries.

Adding to this virus war are the recent murders in our province and how do we mourn when all the normal ways that we would mourn may spread the virus? Things like visitation, funeral services, food with friends and family, hugs and singing are ways we use to help people get through their losses and allow the healing process to begin.

Jesus said in Matthew 5 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

How do we bless the Lord at all times when some of those times are hard times?

When you don’t mourn you miss the blessing of having comfort and rest. This present isolation helps us defeat one enemy but is it creating another problem? The opposite of finding comfort and rest is anxiousness, hopelessness and even anger.

The danger of living without comfort in our home is our war room where we were once working together becomes a war zone as we lash out at our family and they get wounded under friendly fire.

King David was declaring that his faith in God was the one thing that his troubles could not rob from him. He knew that as he trusted God, the God who helped him kill a giant and defeat many other enemies was going to help him get through what he had to get through now.

It’s in moments like these that we all get to see where we’re standing. I have been called to join national prayer times as different leaders and different denominations come together to stand united on the Solid Rock of Ages.

One government leader in our province said that he has prayed more in the last few weeks than he did in the last five years. I said, “Amen haven’t we all.”

Have you found the secret place of the Most High where your trust in God has worked to give you peace?

Psalm 34:4 “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”

I humbly ask you to seek the Lord for He is our ever-present help in times of trouble.

My confidence in you is high and I pray that you find His peace that surpasses all understanding.

I receive many prayer requests each week and I invite you to send me an email and I will include you in Sunday’s prayer. You can also join me on a live stream Sunday morning at 10:30 from our website, Cape Breton Christian Fellowship Church.

I pray for all who grieve today, for our front-line workers, government leaders, health-care providers and financial planners that the victory over all of these problems is coming soon. God bless you all.

Kevin Mattatall is the pastor of the Cape Breton Christian Fellowship Church. For comment or prayer email: pastor.kevin@cbfellowship.ca.

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