From Dust to Life.

“My soul clings to the dust; Revive me according to Your word.” Psalms 119:25 NKJV

If I ask you to think back to September 11, 2001, what images come to mind? No matter what image you thought of first, they are all etched in our minds.

From the horrifying impact of the planes crashing into the Twin Towers, to the plume of smoke rising above Manhattan, to the brave first responders rushing to the scene, and the collapsing of the towers, all these images provoke the emotions of that day.

One image that has always stuck to me was the vast dust cloud that poured through the streets as people were making their escape. For nearly a three-mile circle from Ground Zero, the dust literally clung to everybody and everything in its path. It was a visual reminder of the destruction and death of that day.

The Psalmist uses the imagery of dust to describe the destruction of sin and death that all people will face. In Psalms 119:25a he states: “My soul clings to the dust…” This is poetic language of someone who has been placed in the grave and whose body is now turned to dust.

If the verse ended there in the dust, that would be a very bleak picture. The psalmist then adds a prayer in 25b to the hopelessness he was feeling: “Revive me according to Your word.” The psalmists believes that God who spoke the world into existence can speak life to a soul that is clinging to the dust.

As we think about the images of 9-11 twenty-one years later, God’s word is still valid today. He brings hope and life amid destruction. When it feels like the dust of sin, and death, and the world clings to our very souls, He wants to revive us as individuals and as a church.

I love you and it’s a privilege to be your pastor.


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