On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, I started my morning, as usual, caring for my one-year-old son. My neighbor, Kendra Graham, knocked on my door and asked me if I had seen the news? I turned on the television and we stood there in my living room and watched the replay of the morning events. We spent most of that day watching the coverage on the news, praying often/constantly, and just in disbelief.
The next day, Chad, preached a message in the little chapel at our church from Psalm 33. I remember it so vividly. He asked the question “Where is God?” Certainly, after such a day of devastation, that was a normal question. What does this mean now? This is what the Psalmist had to say and this is what Chad’s message reminded us of and this is still true today.
The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.
(This really was something, fearful, devastating yet God will not let this change His plan)
The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations.
(This was but for a moment, but God is faithful to each and all generations, Praise!)
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance. The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men.
(Where is God? He is looking and watching and sees all)
From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth;
(He has not moved from His dwelling)
He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.
(He is watching and considering)
No king is saved by the multitude of an army; a mighty man is not delivered by great strength.
(We do not need to worry or put our trust in man)
A horse is a vain hope for safety; neither shall it deliver any by its great strength. Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.
(Wait on the Lord!)
For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name.
(Rejoice in Him)
Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, just as we hope in You.
(Stand confident in HOPE!)
As we remember 9/11, I thought this was still a pertinent question considering the continual onslaught of devastating stories that can fill our news feeds and therefore fill our thoughts. This reminder is timeless.
Trust in the Lord, His plans will not be removed, He has not left His dwelling place and His eyes are locked in on His beloved. We need not to worry or put our trust in man or worldly provisions, wait on the Lord, for salvation will come and has come, so rejoice and stand confident. He is our Hope!