For some reason my current ear worm (i.e. the tune that I can’t get out of my head) is an old classic from the Beatles. Entitled “Hello, goodbye”, unsurprisingly the following lyrics feature prominently:
"You say goodbye and I say hello
I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello"
Perhaps it comes after reflecting on last Sunday’s service, where as well as celebrate communion, we were able to formally say hello to Lilly at her thanksgiving, a daughter to Suzette, and sister to Shamar and Shakeem. We then found ourselves with mixed emotions saying goodbye to Winnie, who, having secured a great job in London (an answer to the prayers of her house group and others), was soon(ish) to set off down south, whereby we would miss her at Brunswick.
I have to admit, the transience of our community and church can sometimes be a bit unsettling, with lots of comings and goings. This, compounded by lower numbers in church than usual, as a result of both sickness and the holidays, led to me being shaken for a moment. As such, perhaps I was preaching to myself as much anyone else in the congregation when we came to look at Psalm 20, the latest in our current series of looking at the Psalms. For found within it came the encouraging but challenging message;
“Some take pride in chariots and horses
but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God” Ps. 20 v.7
We have here a recognition that our God is not necessarily one of military might. Indeed throughout history, He sometimes has gone out of his way to use the weak, or the small in number, to demonstrate more clearly that it is He that is is at work and in charge. Indeed, as we’ll be skipping the next psalm (21) to study Psalm 22 on Sunday, perhaps you might like to draw inspiration over the next couple of days from Psalm 21, a psalm written after a victory that God had given to the tiny country of Israel.
Whether confident or slightly fearful, "may the Lord fulfil all your petitions”Ps 20 v. 5(b)