Scripture for Today: Psalm 56:3-4 “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?”
The red gurnard is a very distinct bottom-dwelling fish and his feelings matter! From his three lower pectoral fins hang what looks like narrow finger-like growths. These appendages have sensory organs and it is with them that he feels for his food in the sand. He never has to look with those large eyes but depends on feeling for small fish and crustaceans in the sediment.
With what is going on in our world today, the temptation is to be carried away by our feelings. In today’s verse, David was certainly tempted to give in to fear. He had been seized by the Philistines in Gath and feared for his life. But throughout this psalm, David turns to God in confident trust to beat back the fear. And the psalm finishes with praise for deliverance from his enemies.
My feelings can overwhelm me during these days of riotous protest. I feel a profound sadness at injustice in our world. There is gnawing unrest in my heart when I watch the unsettling news. I feel nervous trepidation for what may come next. That is why this psalm is such a comfort. Placing my trust in the Lord calms me down and gives me a measure of peace. Feeling peace in my heart during such unrest makes it a supernatural peace that can only come from Him. My eyes cannot help but see all the disheartening trouble in our country but I can take heart as HE has already overcome the world (John 16:33).
Thank you Lord, that I can feel your peace, even when there is such unrest.