Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; protect me from those who rise up against me. Deliver me from those who work evil; from the bloodthirsty save me. Even now they lie in wait for my life; the mighty stir up strife against me (Psalm 59:1-3).
Bring your son here.” While he was coming, the demon dashed him to the ground in convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. And all were astounded at the greatness of God (Luke 9:41c-43a).
When our children were young, I remember reading to them the story of Daniel in the lions' den (Daniel 6:1-23; which is unfortunately not in the Lectionary), and how God delivered Daniel because he trusted in God. That Daniel trusted in God and God kept Daniel safe is true, but the deeper question that must be wrestled with is what if Daniel was not kept safe? What if the lions had made a meal of Daniel? Would that mean Daniel did not trust in God?