The writers of psalms existed on a chaotic playground with lots of chasing and conflicts. When the psalmists were not being chased by threats, it might have been easy to sing a triumphant song of trust to God. But when threats surrounded the psalmists, fear and insecurity became reality. In the midst of that fear, they sent out pleas for help, and in some cases, their friends and companions stood far off. Our lives are much like that. We do fear, even though we want to trust God. And when we fear, we hope our friends will respond genuinely, that they will not stand far off.