From Lasting Hope Devotional
You will tread upon the lion cub and viper;
you will trample down the lion and the serpent.
God's protective care is not "mine" (just as the gospel is never mine); it comes always as a gift, assuring me that God provides all I need precisely so I may take no thought for the morrow and give myself to the neighbor.-- Frederick J. Gaiser, "It shall not reach you"
The psalms often picture danger and enemies as wild animals. Give the traditional connection between the psalms and the youthful shepherd and poet David, this comparison makes sense. Imagine being a youngster left in charge of a flock of sheep. Their protection is your responsibility. What worries you most? Perhaps you are concerned about ravines and wandering sheep, but even more than these, you know the dangers of an attack by predators. There is almost no defense agains wild animals who can strike with the speed of a snake or the force of a lion.
If you are not a shepherd or a cattle rancher, your worries and fears may have little to do with the attacks of wild animals. Yet the psalm verse still speaks to the scope of God's care. As you live out your calling to be a child of God, dangers may threaten to paralyze you. Don't stop because of them. Keep going. God's protection frees us from fear that wourld otherwise stop us in our tracks. God's care frees us to care for the people and things entrusted to us.
Creator God, you have called human beings to care for all that you have made. When dangers surround us, give us the courage and freedom we need to love as you love. Amen.
Lasting Hope, Devotional for Lent 2019 Augsburg Press