Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will protect me from the anger of my enemies. You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me. The Lord will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me. Psalm 138:7-8 NLT



I was so surprised to hear the best choir song from the 80’s on a TV commercial for Chrome notebook, “Work it out!”

That problem that I had
I just couldn’t seem to solve
I tried and I tried
But I kept gettin’ deeper involved
So I turned it over to Jesus
And I stopped worryin’ about it
Turned it over to the Lord
He worked it out

This song is one of my all time favorites. It deals with the existential realities of the working poor; telephone disconnect, waiting on my next paycheck! We all find ourselves in some kind of trouble trying to navigate these turbulent financial waters. Especially with the Republicans proposing this tax bill which will crush the middle class and poor removing their safety net programs.

The good news is that:

  1. Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will protect me from the anger of my enemies. When you are part of the working poor or the middle class it seems like you are surrounded by trouble and your enemies want to devour you. Thank God when the rich are seeking tax shelters at the expense of the poor that God is shelter in the time of storm. God will not allow the righteous to be forsaken or our children to be begging for bread. Neither should we allow it. Write your senator and congressman and tell them this tax bill is evil.
  2. You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me. Because of our fellowship with God through Jesus we are close to God’s right hand. God’s right hand has to do with favor out of relationship. Jesus is seated at the right hand of God. He intercedes on our behalf. When we ask for anything in Jesus’ name, he asks the Father and he extends his right hand to save us.
  3. The Lord will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me. God is working out our purpose. Romans 8:28 says that all things are working out for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose. No matter what it looks like, God is working it out, not because of the Chrome notebook but because our names are written in the Lamb’s book of life!

That pain that would not move
Had me prayin’ in the upper room 
That burden that I bore 
Just wonderin’ how much more
I turned it over to Jesus
And I stopped worryin’ about it
Turned it over to the Lord
He worked it out


 Dear God,

Thank you for working it out for my good and fulfilling the purpose over my life.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen