Psalm 3

O Lord, how many are my foes!

Many are rising against me; many are saying to me: “There is no help for you in God.”

Psalm 3 offers a powerful demonstration of faith functioning without sight.

We know (in theory) that faith never comes with clear vision or guarantees. Even so, how often do we want reassurance of favorable outcomes before we allow ourselves to trust?

It is oh so easy to let our feelings of despair and hopelessness overwhelm our intellect instead of finding the tricky balance between our head and our gut.

Emotions are an important part of our humanity … but …

Emotions serve as a valuable gauge about what is going on within us. Our feelings serve as signals, alerts that something very real is rocking or roiling deep inside us.

But our mind, our thinking, our cognitive abilities must oftentimes provide an important counterweight to our feelings.

Whole humans seek to keep head and heart in good balance. This is what we see in our psalmist: he counters his feelings of despair with his affirmations of faith.

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