Psalm 144:15 – Happy are the people to whom such blessings fall; happy are the people whose God is the Lord. (NRSV)

Recently, while my oldest son was going through a personal struggle, I learned that I could still be happy in the Lord, right in the midst of chaos. How is this possible?

Even when one is amid crushing events, and everything seems spinning out of control, God has already thought of all that, and has made himself our refuge. God is ever-present. He must be. It is his nature to be. He sustains with his Creator-might all the land and its people. I am consoled that God hears the cries of the oppressed. I am also comforted that God is the final judge in all our circumstances. We can safely trust all things to him, and, without fear, rely on his stronghold. All who turn to him can safely declare the truth of today's scripture, "Happy are the people to whom such blessings fall; happy are the people whose God is the Lord."

We do well to repeat this verse until it becomes our victory song, until it becomes our song of rescue, our shield of hope in our Creator, his Son, and the Holy Spirit, who together transcend the earth and fill the heaven. Let that song begin in us and let us join the heavenly host, singing to the glory of God an endless song of praise. It surely is right to do so. The majesty and glory of His name are in the depths and the heights of his touch.

Do not expect unbelievers to help us. Do not wait for insecure people to come to our rescue. The God of heaven and earth sees our struggles for wholeness, all the while saying that he has the ultimate answer. He comes into our bad news, into our questions, into our deep grief, and our seemingly senseless pain. He comes with light for those who sit in darkness. The God of everything good watches and slumbers not.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, our help is in your name. Help us to see past the signs of destruction to your saving presence. Remove the tangled webs that obstruct our sight. Make straight the way of salvation. Happy are the people blessed by such victory. Amen.

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