In God I Trust; I Am Not Afraid

This meditation is based on a passage for January 22, 2011 in the Daily Lectionary Year 1 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Psalm 56

Reflection and Question: I cannot say that I have the same problems the poet describes in this psalm. It is simply not the case that foes oppress me all day long. What I can relate to is the fear expressed by the psalmist. And I draw upon the deep trust in God repeated more than once here to strengthen my faith, not in the face of oppressors, but certainly in the face of those who disagree with me in the church and sometimes judge me severely. I follow the psalmist, making vows, seeking, also, to “walk before God in the light of life.” What fear does this psalm help you overcome?

Prayer: This I know, that God is for me.
In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise,
In God I trust; I am not afraid. What can a mere mortal do to me?