Our hymn of the month for June is “O Little Flock, Fear Not the Foe.” Coincidingly today, one of the lectionary Psalm readings is Psalm 20, which seemed appropriate to the text of our Hymn of the Month:

May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble May the name of the God of Jacob defend you; May He send you help from the sanctuary, And strengthen you out of Zion;

This is why we need not fear the foe, mighty though he may seem to us. As the text of verse three reminds us, God’s word is true. We take comfort that the powers of hell will not prevail against us. But though they seek our overthrow, our help is in the name of the Lord, and he answers us in the day of trouble.

Be of good courage. We noted many prayer requests this past Wednesday at the prayer meeting regarding suffering, needs for comfort in the face of oncoming death, political situations where the heathen rage and the people plot vain things. Indeed, the kings of the earth take counsel against the Lord. But we serve a God who’s so mighty, he made all that you see from nothing. When serving such a God, we can take comfort. Nothing that happens to us escapes His notice. And he fights for us.

Today, we join our voices with the whole chorus of heaven, with the saints around the world, and with those who have gone before us, worshipping the one who has already won the battle. Thanks be to God!