O God, have mercy on me. The enemy troops press in on me. My foes attack me all day long. My slanderers hound me constantly, and many are boldly attacking me. But when I am afraid, I put my trust in you. O God, I praise your word. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?What can mere mortals do to me? They are always twisting what I say; they spend their days plotting ways to harm me. They come together to spy on me – watching my every step, eager to kill me. Don't let them get away with their wickedness; in your anger, O God, throw them to the ground. Psalm 56: 1-7 NLT
For some reason, I have this image of a factory worker. The set up of the conveyor belts is poor. Injuries are common. The foreman is all about those of his own race. The two people on the left and the right speak little English. The eight hour shift is agonizing. But it is a job and the worker is loathe to quit. Then there is a miserable family life to come home to. Here is what they say:
O God have mercy on me. I am surrounded by awful things and I am filled with fear. I am desperate and hopeless.
But wait, why am I so worried? Why am I so afraid? I need to trust God. God will see me through.
Everyone at the factory is out to make my life miserable. If they don't talk about me or complain about me to the supervisor for things that I didn't do, then I will find myself missing a finger or falling on the damp floor. There doesn't seem any way out of this misery.
God, I trust that you can handle these for me! In fact, God is going to make sure someone sees how unsafe our working conditions are. That foreman will lose his job. The two ladies on either side of me will become friendly. Wonders will never cease, even at home.
God, no matter where we may work, we ask for mercy when we are surrounded by enemies. Help us to not be afraid but to trust in you. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2011 Amelia G. Sims