As I was reading the verses from Psalm 56 and 57 today…I started to think about personal application. This goes against a strong sense that you should never change a “jot or tittle”, but I took David’s experience and tried to make it a little more applicable to me … in May, 2010.
“Be merciful to me, O God, for men hotly pursue me;
All day long they press their attack.
My slanders pursue me all day long;
Many are attacking me in their pride.
When I am afraid, I will trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid.
What can mortal man do to me?”
~ Psalm 56:1-4
In 2010, I am not pursued by physical enemies or slanders, but the enemy of my peace is … all my distractions.
The email box – full of things that need to be done. The mail box – full of bills to be paid. The laundry basket – full of work that needs to be done. The messy room – full of abundance that needs to be “put away”. The uncooperative computer – full of information that I need to be able to access.
These things mock … distract … distress me.
“In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise – in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
Father, help me to remember … moment by moment … as I get caught up in my distractions … that I trust in You and all this will pass away.