My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare.
As I was saying this verse over and over to myself, I began to appreciate the simplicity of looking to God for deliverance. Whether the evil that is plaguing me is within me or without, looking to God really is the answer.
If the evil is within, trusting him and asking for humility, seeking him over the evil is the way to attack the evil at the root, where it might have power within my heart. If the evil is without, still the answer is to trust God, that he can use it for his glory and my good. It is a great peace to believe that even evil is not outside the control and plan of God.
A corollary is found in John 3:27, when John is told by his disciples that people are going to Jesus to get baptized instead of him.
John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
I'm not sure exactly what triggered this realization, but on Sunday after church I was struck by how much I think about my own obedience or disobedience, my own faithfulness or faithlessness, and I am peaceful or anxious depending on that. I spend far too little time thinking about the faithfulness of God, and finding peace and joy there.
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.