In God We Trust

Carol Bechtel

READ : Psalm 56

In God I trust; I am not afraid. (v. 11 NRSV)

All this talk about “enemies” makes this psalm sound a little paranoid. But as someone once said, “You’re not paranoid if someone’s really after you!”

Although not all of the psalms are attributed to David, this one could well have been written by him. And goodness knows David did have his share of enemies. If anyone had reason to complain about enemies trampling him all day long (v. 1), David surely did. But does that mean this prayer is off limits to anyone who isn’t literally surrounded by stalkers?

Threats come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes danger comes disguised as cancer cells or false friends. Sometimes we see the enemy and “it is us” – enslaved by addictions or seduced by temptations. But make no mistake; these enemies are no less dangerous than David’s. Whether our enemies are literal or metaphorical, whether outside us or inside us, they are a real and present danger.

When we find ourselves surrounded by enemies, it does no good to deny the danger. David didn’t. Instead, he faced up to the threat, taking comfort in God’s presence and power. Though there is good reason to be afraid, he isn’t – because he trusts in God (v. 11). As he said in another psalm, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me” (Ps. 23:4 KJV).


Deliver my soul from death, and my feet from falling, that I may walk before you in the light of life.