SERMON COMPANION 

Psalm138: 1-8

Rise, Stabilize, Mobilize   Dr. Allison Thompson

…On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul….138:7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies; you stretch out your hand, and your right hand delivers me. 138:8The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Those with mobility issues are given three principles for successfully moving themselves without incident: “rise, stabilize, mobilize.”  I like this because it complete explains the best principles for navigating our lives as people of faith.

 

1)    We must rise to the occasion of our lives:  We do not have the option to passively watch the world as it goes by.  When we do not participate in the life God has given us, or participate as fully as we should, a hole will be ever-present within us. Fulfillment and growth are mutually exclusive of a stagnant life and unmotivated or petty outlook.

 

2)    Stabilize: Like a person who is elderly, or one who has a disability, most of the battle in living comes with choosing to “rise” when we would rather recline (literally and metaphorically).  When we rise, however, we must take care not to set ourselves up for failure.  Just as a disabled or weak person must make sure they are stable once they rise, so we too must call upon our source of strength before we attempt anything.  As the Psalm proclaims, God will strengthen our souls. He will stabilize us for the journey and challenges ahead.

 

3)    Mobilize:  This last edict is a sign of maturity. It is one thing to rise and to stand in place.  This would indicate an effort on our own behalf.  But to move forward, to put into place goals that we strive toward, is to keep our eye on the world around us.  Who can we help? How can we reflect and proclaim the joy and strength we get from Christ?  What is our role in participating in God’s Kingdom? How do we ignore the “the Adversary” who tries to convince us we are unable or unworthy to be one of God’s soldiers?