Post Pandemic Praise
    Grace and peace to all the Saints of the most High God. It is my prayer that these few lines find all the Saints and their families enjoying the blessedness and peace that comes only from our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
   When asked about this month’s article, what leapt to mind was something that was in my spirit for months: The Post Pandemic Praise. I have entertained this as a sermon title, which I look forward to preaching. But it seems that this was the time and place to introduce the concept of “The Post Pandemic Praise!”
 
   So, I thought about what scriptural reference could be applied. Then just today the Lord reminded that very familiar Psalms 91. The Psalm begins with a very inspirational and encouraging verse, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” It is a Psalm or song of God’s promise of divine protection for His people. Different kinds of calamities are pictured - wars, failures of life, and plagues that bring sickness. To that, the Psalmist says in verse three, “Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence” - that pestilence of plague and disease that causes so much death and suffering as to have its own soundtrack of suffering, that weeping and wailing that fills the night air because people are in pain. That has been the record of this pandemic of the coronavirus - people dying in unprecedented numbers, the worst situation of its kind in the last one hundred years. Even the Saints were impacted by it, either directly or indirectly. But through it all God has been with His people, and it seems that our country is about to reemerge from it. Many of the safeguards are starting to be lifted. Businesses are reopening and operations are returning to their pre-pandemic norms. To the extent that we can see and experience the return of these “norms”, I submit that we owe our God a particularly high level of praise. We should glorify Him in a way that excels the “stop gap” measures of the last fourteen months. We should release ourselves from any and all restrictions that have caused us to be conservative in our worship. Since we are enjoying increasing levels of freedom in Him, we are to celebrate our freedom from fear. Again, the Psalmist said, “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday” (vs. 5,6). We no longer fear the pestilence or the destruction that has ravaged our world, even in the light of day as well as the dead of night - not simply because of the vaccine, but rather because of the God who is always faithful. Those who love the Lord, have an enduring word of consolation in the Psalm: “Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling (vs. 9,10). Wouldn’t you agree that our excellent God deserves excellent Praise? Let us sing our song, let us tell our stories, and let us do our dance and let go, giving Him our “Post Pandemic Praise!”
 
Maranatha,
Bishop Wells, Sr. D.D.