I read this Psalm
and think of paranoia.
“They’re out to get me.”
“There’s an evil right/left wing conspiracy attacking me.”
“I always have to watch my back.”
I would write off these fears
I’ve seen colleagues whose ministries are characterized by those fears.
They are afraid
of saying the wrong thing,
of alienating the wrong family,
of rocking the boat,
of being susceptable to attack.
Their ministries are spent
putting out fires,
soothing hurt feelings,
placating the powerful.
The goal becomes
20 years and out.
“If I can only make it until retirement…” they say.
The call becomes political
It’s easy to look down my glasses and think
“I’m so glad I’m not like them,”
but am I?
Do I sometimes fall into the mode of accomodation
instead of faithfulness?
Do I make decisions based on political realities
instead of kingdom ones?
That is why, O God
verses three and four are so important.
When I am afraid, I will trust in you.
In God, who I trust and praise, I will not be afraid.
After all, what can mere mortals do to me?
Help us all, O God
to listen to your voice,
to put aside our fears,
to trust in you.
In the name of the Risen Christ,
so be it.
:::Praying the Psalms — Psalm 56:::