Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Morning Psalms: 120, 121, 122, 123 | Evening Psalms: 124, 125, 126, 127
Exodus 5:1—6:1 | 1 Corinthians 14:20-33a, 39-40 | Mark 9:42-50
 
After smearing peanut butter all over the trigger of the mouse trap, I armed the spring and carefully slid it into place under my kitchen sink. This mouse had been leaving evidence of his presence for several days, and I was hoping that this might be the end of this invasion. That evening, as we sat down to relax on our living room couch, I heard the sharp snap of metal on wood. Rushing to the kitchen, I opened the doors beneath the sink and discovered a flipped-over, unarmed mouse trap, but no mouse was to be found. The mouse would live for another day.
 
King David was probably all-to-aware of traps from his days of running from King Saul, and as the commander of the armies of Israel. In Psalm 124, he gives thanks to God for sparing his nation from the hands of their enemies, just as a bird escapes “from the snare of the fowlers” (v. 7). The earthly enemies of battle to which this psalm refers, however, could just as easily refer to Satan and all of the traps of temptation with which he tries to snare us.
 
Sin has a way of being enticing, just like that dollop of peanut butter on the trigger of my mouse trap. It seems like a good idea at the time and then SNAP! You’re caught.
 
Where are we to turn when the enemy is upon us? What shall we do when the floods threaten to sweep us away? What can we do when the temptation seems more than we can bear? We must turn to the Lord for He is mighty to save. And when he does, we can rejoice just like David saying “We have escaped from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped!” (v. 7).
 
“Through many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come; ‘tis grace that brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.”
 
The Rev. Christopher Klukas
Director of Communications
Publisher Whitchurch Resources
Trinity School for Ministry
Ambridge, PA

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