[T]he LORD will help [the just] and free them, He will free them from the wicked and rescue them, for they have sheltered in Him. – Psalm 37:39-40

What is I find most interesting about this verse from Psalm 37 is in the nature of where the “just” (aka, the righteous) are to be found. We hear that God will (future tense) free the just from the wicked and rescue them. Immediately after this we then hear “for they have sheltered in Him,” which is a completed verb tense (either past or present tense). There is a playful paradox going on in this verse! If the just are already in the shelter of the Lord God, what is the reason that Lord needs to free and rescue them?

While it may be a paradox in the poetry, we know it to be a truth in the life of faith: even as a believer abides in the goodness of the Lord, they are often attacked by the forces and powers that rebel against God. In the Christian life of faith, we abide in Christ and Christ abides in us. We know that through this relationship God will rescue us. But at the same time, Christ himself was crucified by wicked forces and we should not expect to be treated better than Jesus. We know that while suffering may be a present reality, we will be freed.

There are many things happening this weekend to live out faith. We will be welcoming Bishop Mike Rhyne to be our preacher on Sunday. He will also be participating in Sunday school at 9:30. In the afternoon at 2PM we will also be welcoming Jay Herrington from Koch Funeral Home who will lead a workshop on funeral planning. This is a free workshop and it is open to the public.

God continue to be with you,
Yours in Christ, Pastor Paul+