I am sick and tired of being a loser!
I have been a child of God for many, many years and have fought battles, temptations, trials, sickness, and heartache for many, many years of my life.
I have struggled against earthly enemies, that I thought I could beat.
I have been a Detroit sports fan for many, many decades with very few championships to show for it.
Then came 2020-21 with COVID-19 and all the additional divisions, struggles, anger, stress, pain, unresolvable conflicts that have hammered churches, businesses, homes, families, and hearts.
We now come to our Easter festival on Sunday, April 4th, and the remainder of the Easter season in the next couple of months. We gather to worship, to celebrate the victory of life that we have received in the life, suffering, and death of our Savior Jesus.
Yet, part of me wants to scream out, “I AM SICK AND TIRED OF BEING A LOSER!”
That’s what life can feel like—again, FEEL LIKE.
My friends, we live in a world that measures contentious, personal, societal, financial, sports, political victories in the world as if they were the most important. What we have seen in the last 12 months or so is that we have had to contend with the same battles we have fought for decades—maybe even won a few—but the battles haven’t stopped. Yet our frustration has grown.
Psalm 16 reminds us that in the face of life, in the face of death, in the face of contention, in the face of disaster, in the face of unresolvable conflict, “because HE is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken (v. 8).”
Because HE is “at my right hand (i.e.—my strength)”; “my heart is glad”—“my whole being rejoices”—“my flesh . . . dwells secure (v. 9).” This is where life is lived. It is not in this world, it is with my ever-faithful living God, who gives me security, because my most important battle has been fought and won on this Eastertide. THE victory in life is not about the crowns or victories we tally up in this life. THE victory is the certainty of eternal life beyond this world that we have by grace through faith in our Savior Jesus Christ.
Will we win every victory? Will we stop being a “loser”? Will we be victorious in every stand we make personally, politically, financially, societally, medically? The answer is a resounding “NO!” Yet, the important thing to remember and hope in is “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore (v.11).”
Life in this world will draw to a close for all of us, sooner or later, but remember the reality. Remember that there is only one battle / argument / debate that had to be fought and won for our eternal life in heaven. It was fought on the cross where sin and Satan were soundly defeated and ultimately in the tomb of Jesus, where all our fatal enemies: sin, death, and Satan were unquestionably defeated. NOW—TODAY—ALWAYS, we can sing—“at YOUR right hand are pleasures FOREVERMORE!”
Shalom in Jesus our RISEN MESSIAH,
Pastor Peter M. Peitsch