Our Psalm for today began with our verse of the month. That could be called a coincidence, but I prefer to think of it as God's providence. And so it seems this Psalm should be the focus of today's sermon message.
Mark Kolle supplied this verse with this reasoning, “It's a verse I've carried about on deployments & other ventures. A calming assurance you could say.” And that is exactly what this Psalm is about. It begins with 6 verses that would be a calming assurance, the verses about trusting God even in war. Verse 3, “Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident.” But it was more than simply confidence that all will be well, it was confidence that God hears and acts; and so the psalmist shifts into prayer, “7Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me! Do not cast me off, do not forsake me, O God of my salvation! Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries” As it did for Mark in his deployments, the psalm affirms God's goodness and power of protection.