1 God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
Have you forgotten how it felt that day?
To see your homeland under fire
And her people blown away
Have you forgotten when those towers fell?
We had neighbors still inside going thru a living hell
And you say we shouldn't worry 'bout bin Laden
Have you forgotten?
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
"Where was God? Where was God when 9-11 happened? Where was He??"
God was right there - still in control, unsurprised, and weeping with us. Jesus walked among our people, giving comfort, lending strength, guiding to safety - and taking some Home. The Holy Spirit was there, convicting of sin, applying salvation, and bearing witness.
Some on that day died and walked into God's presence and a joyous "Welcome Home!" from the angels - and some on that day died and fell into the beginning of their eternal torment in Hell.
But on that day, Christ was there, offering His salvation even unto the last moment.
We must never forget that day and we must never forget how much more terrible it could have been had God not laid His hand upon us only very lightly. We must never forget that day and must remember that we, too, are here for such a brief span of time, and that we know not the day or hour of our own deaths. We must never forget that day and must mourn for those who are trapped in the satanic death spiral of all who are without Christ. We must never forget that day and earnestly pray that God would send His Spirit to reveal the Light of the World and renew His church to be His bright witness in a sin-cursed world.
We must never forget that day and solemnly commit to living our lives before the face of God: loving deeply, serving humbly, thinking wisely, living honestly, and worshiping joyously.
There is no freedom outside the freedom offered by Christ. There is no peace beyond the peace purchased by Christ. There is no justice without the justice meted out by Christ. There is no future aside from the future that Christ holds in His hands.
Remember September 11, 2001. Remember the fallen and their families. Remember all the fear and terror and pain. Remember the tears pouring out from the heart of a nation.
And remember that, whether or not it happens again, there is a holy God who will judge, perfectly and finally. His hand is outstretched still to offer His mercy and forgiveness through His Son, and His command is that all people should turn to Him in repentance and worship.
One Day He is coming to judge the living and the dead, and the question is, When He comes, will He judge you, or will He welcome you?