3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. 4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?
David was a courageous king. He faced into many terrors, and the Lord was with him. The superscription of Psalm 56 tells us that this psalm was penned while David was surrounded by Philistines. David was afraid. But David didn’t dwell on his fearful circumstances. Instead he focused his attention on God, and trusted him. Even more, instead of dwelling on what was fearful, he chose to remember God’s promises to him. That’s what he means by “whose word I praise” (v. 4).
David shows us what to do in the midst of fearful circumstances. Don’t dwell on the circumstances; instead we actively place our trust in God. For David, this meant that he would dwell on the promise that God made to him, that he would be king. God’s promise to David gave him the courage to face his fear and wisely get out of the terror surrounding him.
It’s the same for us. In the midst of fearful circumstances, we are not to keep mulling over in our minds our circumstances, but to keep reminding our hearts of God’s promises.
One promise that helps me over and over is Romans 8. 32 “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Because God gave up Jesus for us, to die for us, and absorb the wrath of God, why would he not give us everything else we need to honor him? This is a grand promise! Let’s not look at our fearful surroundings and be overwhelmed. Let’s look to God’s promises, all that we need to honor God will be given to us. And if our goal in life is to honor God, we will have everything we need!
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