First Blast: Text
אִם-תָּקוּם עָלַי מִלְחָמָה בְּזֹאת אֲנִי בוֹטֵחַ
Though war should rise up against me, even then (or: in this) will I be confident.
Second Blast: Commentary
Most commentators suggest that the word זֹאת (zoat, this) in this phrase refers back to verse 1, that God is our light and salvation, rather than pointing forward to the following verses. So what does it mean to have confidence or trust in God? Psalm 115:9 reads, “Israel, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield.” (The verb is the same in Hebrew, בְּטַח .) Trust in God means having an awareness that God will help and protect us even in the most trying situations.
Third Blast: Practice
Some people experience the strong confidence or trust in God described in the psalms. Others want such faith but find it difficult to always sustain, and yet others deny God’s existence or providence entirely. No matter where we stand, this phrase challenges us to answer: in what are we confident? Write down what gives you confidence in spite of everything, and declare: בְּזֹאת אֲנִי בוֹטֵחַ (b’zoat ani voteiach, In this I am confident.)