“By ‘assurance’ John Wesley meant a state of mind and heart… A sense of absolute trust in God does not lift us above the fray but guides us through the fray with confidence that someone holds us by counting our sleepless nights and gathering our tears. Thus the [psalms] are able to weave our palpable fear of persecution with the irrepressible hope of deliverance. The faithful are not immune to dread; we cannot always know we will be safe. What we can know is that, come what may, we will be saved.”
-Commentary from The Wesley Study Bible
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“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…
But I will sing of your might;
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been a fortress for me
and a refuge in the day of my distress.
O my strength, I will sing praises to you,
for you, O God, are my fortress,
the God who shows me steadfast love.”
-Psalm 59:1-2, 16-17