In the day of my fear I put my trust in you, in God whose word I praise. In God I trust, and will not fear, for what can flesh do to me? (Psalm 56.3-4)
Poetry touches deep thoughts and emotions. This poet’s spirit is threatened as he faces crises in his own and his people’s lives, and the worst threats are the ones that make him fear that his faith in God is misplaced, that there is no goodness, no help. This is a cry for help that will resonate with anyone haunted by mental illness or spiritual despair. The cry comes with a determination not to let physical harm spill over into loss of hope and trust. Am I able to hear such a cry and will I be ready to be God’s response?