Our scripture this morning is Psalms 56:1-4.
O God, have mercy on me, for people are hounding me. My foes attack me all day long. I am constantly hounded by those who slander me, and many are boldly attacking me. But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?
This psalm is attributed to King David when he was pursued by the Philistines. Do you see yourself in this passage? Life sometimes seems like a contest, them against us, but we must remember that God is always ready to help those who call on Him.
Jesus tells us “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28), echoing the lesson of this psalm. David says “What can mere mortals do to me?” For those who put their trust in God, mortal death is not a threat because we have the promise of eternal life through our Lord Jesus.
When it feels like the whole world is your adversary, remember Paul’s words: “If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” (Romans 8:31). God is always with us to give us hope. We are never alone in the battle against evil.
Heavenly Father, we are grateful for Your forgiveness and Your strength. May we go in faith to share Your love with all the world. Amen.