My favorite section in the book of Psalms is the “Songs of Ascent.” Psalms 120-134 are a collection of songs sung by Israelites who were traveling to Jerusalem for one of the three annual pilgrimage feasts (worship celebrations that were held in Jerusalem).
Psalm 124 opens with these words:
If it had not been the Lord who was on our side—
let Israel now say—
2 if it had not been the Lord who was on our side
when people rose up against us,
3 then they would have swallowed us up alive,
when their anger was kindled against us;
4 then the flood would have swept us away,
the torrent would have gone over us;
5 then over us would have gone the raging waters.
This psalm by David is using metaphorical language to make its point. Have you ever felt like life is going to swallow you up, that a flood and raging waters might sweep you away? Even though West Virginia has fared decently during the pandemic, local mental health experts have indicated that there is a nearly forty percent increase in clients seeking help.
The pandemic has changed us. There is economic insecurity, general anxiety, exhaustion from doing everything in a different way, and a great deal of isolation from others. The cumulative effect is devastating.
For people of faith, one of the most important things we can do is stay connected to God. Prayer, scripture study, and engaging with other Christians when possible can do wonders for our spirit. A strong connection with God is precisely why David ends Psalm 124 with these words:
Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Connect with God. Connect with others. And if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, connect with people who can help you work through this time that all of us find challenging!