But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, so that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O LORD” (Psalm 5:11-12).
Philosophers like Canadian Charles Taylor (1931-) tell us that Western culture has passed into the new age: “A Secular Age.” Other philosophers, like Jürgen Habermas (1929-) believe that, because of the image of God in Mankind, Secularism is unsustainable, and that we will be passing through yet another phase: “Post Secularism.” But we can all agree on what we plainly see: God’s Word rejected, prayer neglected, and that which is evil called good, while good is called evil.
The soul of the believer can be overwhelmed by these ominous signs, in the first case, and persecuted for standing with Biblical truth, in the inevitable extreme.
Psalm 5 is a refuge for Christians in these days. We need not be molded into the morose sadness of our age. In God’s covenant in Jesus Christ, we have a refuge from the storms. The protection of this celestial covering is so beautiful that we are moved to sing for joy over the love and grace of Jesus our Lord. Indeed, the lower our debased culture may sink, the higher our voices’ praise—not because of some dispassionate gloating over the debasing of humankind, which we deplore, and to whom we reach out and offer the wisdom of God in the life of Christ for salvation. No, we sing because we have blessing in the midst of the ruins: a blessing that large enough for all the world.
How are you, personally, responding to the cultural collapse? God invites you to enter the Ark of protection. Safely under His loving wings of cover, you can’t help but sing.