July 8, 2016
Dear Colleyville Family,
Last night we experienced what is probably the greatest tragedy in our metropolitan area since the murder of President Kennedy more than fifty years ago. Men of violence plotted together and then sat and waited in cold blood to ambush and murder innocent police officers – five of whom are now dead. This kind of wickedness and evil is terrifying, and it’s almost unimaginable that something like this could take place so close to where we live and work. I don’t know about you, but I still feel almost in shock this morning, as though all of this is a nightmare that isn’t real and I will soon wake up from. But it is real, and it is terrible.
And so today we grieve. We grieve for the loss of innocent human life. We grieve for the women who are now widows. We grieve for the children who are now fatherless. We grieve that we live in a world where wickedness and evil seems to so often have the upper hand. We grieve because although the power of death has been broken, death has not yet been fully defeated. But today, in your grief, I would encourage you to do something else as well. Even as we have been going through the Psalms this summer, we are seeing, again and again, that to pray faithfully as Christians means to ask God to bring justice, to come and deliver the righteous and defeat the wicked.
Let’s pray today as the psalmists teach us to pray – for although the power of hatred and evil seems fresh this morning, it is an ancient foe, and one that has plagued the human race ever since we were exiled from the Garden so long ago. And there is no political solution that will fix this. There is no law that we can pass or work we can do on our own that will bring an end to this terrible and seemingly unrelenting cycle of terror and violence. Our only hope is this — that we have a King who is more powerful than all these things. And that he will surely come and deliver us. Let’s use Psalm 6 (our sermon text for Sunday, in the Spirit’s providence) and Psalm 94 today to grieve, but also to cry out to our God and King to come and rescue us from evil.
Come soon, Lord Jesus!
In the Peace of the Risen Christ,