God, have mercy on me because I’m being trampled.
All day long the enemy oppresses me.
My attackers trample me all day long
because I have so many enemies.
Exalted one, whenever I’m afraid,
I put my trust in you—
in God, whose word I praise.
I trust in God; I won’t be afraid.
What can mere flesh do to me?
Food for Thought:
Have you ever felt this way? That the world is out to get you? That not only are things not going well, but that people are actively trying to hurt you? The oppression that this Psalmist is experiencing goes beyond discomfort and sadness. It is violence. It is violence that you might have experienced and that many in our world experience daily. In the midst of this violence and persecution, the Psalmist finds the absolute trust that God is present and protecting him. He understands that God is not the source of his suffering; rather, God is carrying him through it and there is reason to hope.
Take a step today. Step into someone’s story and help them find peace where they have experienced injustice. Step into God’s presence or into a relationship that might help you find hope where you have experienced suffering. Take a step.
God, I know that the suffering I experience in my life and the suffering in the world does not come from you. I know you are good. I know that you bring light to darkness and healing to brokenness. God, when my pain and the pain of the world make me feel so far from you, draw me close. Assure me that there is nothing that can separate me—or anyone—from you, and give me the wisdom and strength to be an agent of hope where there is injustice. Amen.