Our Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, has announced a lockdown of Greater Sydney and the surrounding regions of New South Wales. For now, our in-person services have been suspended again. You should be able to access our livestream 10am service through our Facebook page and YouTube channel – you’ll find links on this website.
A Song to Sing in Lockdown
At Night Church, we’ve been reading through 1 Samuel together this year. Two weeks ago, David was hiding in a cave, fearing for his life. It seems to me that the Psalm he wrote on this occasion, Psalm 57, is a good Bible passage for us in our lockdown. It begins:
For the director of music. To the tune of ‘Do Not Destroy’. Of David. A miktam. When he had fled from Saul into the cave.
1 Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me,
for in you my soul takes refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
until the disaster has passed.
2 I cry out to God Most High,
to God, who fulfils his purpose for me.
God is Most High, he is merciful to us, and he is fulfilling his purpose for us. Those are good things to hang onto at a time like this. We don’t take refuge in our homes, or behind our masks, or even behind the ranks of health workers striving to keep us safe. Let’s give thanks to God for all of these – but we take refuge in the shadow of God’s wings. He shelters us. Nothing can separate us from his love and mercy.
If we trust in Jesus, then let’s hand our fears to him. This is a moment to reach out to one another in love and concern. Where we can help let’s offer ourselves. Let’s use the telephone, email, internet, video conferencing and all the rest God has put in our hands to stay engaged with one another and with him.
O God, have mercy.