A few weeks ago, the story emerged that some students at Warwick University had group texted, encouraging each other to rape particular women. With encrypted systems, they’d thought their chat was impregnable. That story came sharply to mind as I read Psalm 64. Those women must have felt something similar to David’s vulnerability.
The big difference in the two stories is in verse 7. BUT GOD. Warwick University did not adequately protect the women students, and there was much protesting about it. BUT GOD will protect. BUT GOD will bring justice. BUT GOD will work wonders, and all mankind will fear, and proclaim his works. Ultimately, he, and he alone, is my safe place, and I can take refuge in him.
Some of the things we can feel vulnerable about might not be quite as visible as those David, or the Warwick women students faced. I know a few people who are struggling with benefits claims, illness, redundancy, immigration issues, and who knows what else. Fear comes uninvited. BUT GOD. His ways of dealing with issues may not be the paths we would choose, but he will surely work things out if we ask him. He is a great big God, and he’s on our side. And at the end of it all, “we will proclaim the works of God and ponder what he has done. Let the righteous rejoice in the Lord, and take refuge in him; let all the upright in heart praise him!”