Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 117-118
Key verses: Psalm 118:6-7
It sounds like something from the pages of a comic book:
“What can mere mortals do to me?”
But actually, it’s from the pages of Scripture.
The Psalmist writes,
“The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? The LORD is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies.”
Is it just bravado? Is it just “whistling in the dark” – pretending not to be afraid – or at least not showing how afraid you really are? Is it “keeping your guard up” and watching your back?
I don’t think so. I think it’s genuine, heartfelt, confident faith. And it’s the stuff of which heroes are made.
It’s not that we never fear – far from it. It’s not that our egos are out of balance; that we have some ego-centric “delusions of grandeur” – and so we don’t fear those who would do us harm.
No, people of faith are realistic in their assessment of just how dangerous the physical, and spiritual, world can be.
But armed with the knowledge of God’s incomparable power and amazing grace – well, it simply helps them keep things in perspective. And that means they are confident – not in their own abilities – but in God’s.
So – “fear not” as the Scripture so often says.
When it comes to being able to literally face the “forces of darkness” in all their forms you’re a superhero – right?
You are – if you are armed with faith.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for watching over me with such power – and such grace. AMEN.