Psalm 56:3-4 (NIV)
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
Psalm 56:3-4 (MSG)
When I get really afraid I come to you in trust. I’m proud to praise God; fearless now, I trust in God. What can mere mortals do?
“When I am afraid, I will put my trust and faith in You. In God, whose word I praise; In God I have put my trust; I shall not fear.
What can mere man do to me?” -AMPLIFIED
Fear, we have all experienced it. Even David stoically acknowledged facing it when he was seized by the Philistines at Gath. Verses one and two of the chapter gives a little insight of how David felt, “Take my side, God—I’m getting kicked around, stomped on every day. Not a day goes by but somebody beats me up; They make it their duty to beat me up.” (MSG)
Notice whom David turns to in he is in trouble and experiencing great fear; God. In the whole of Psalm 56 we can see David’s answer to the onset of fear. It is to God that David pours out his complaint, it is in God he declares he will have confidence and it is to God he gives credit for bringing him through to the other side when he arrives safely home.
David says, “When I am afraid.” There was not denying that it happens, but when it does, ” I will put my trust and faith in You, God.” He goes on to say, “I will praise God” or “I am proud to praise God”. Even in the midst of the problem David is not overcome by fear; he does not allow it to swallow him up. He is able to acknowledge he is afraid and declare that he will indeed trust in his God to carry him through to the other side.
John Bunyan, the writer of Pilgrim’s Progress, wrote these words: “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. There is nothing like faith to help at a pinch; faith dissolves doubts as the sun drives away the mists. And that you may not be put out, know that your time for believing is always. There are times when some graces may be out of use, but there is no time wherein faith can be said to be so. Wherefore faith must be always in exercise. Faith is the eye, is the mouth, is the hand, and one of these is of use all the day long. Faith is to see, to receive, to work, or to eat; and a Christian should be seeing or receiving, or working, or feeding all day long. Let it rain, let it blow, let it thunder, let it lighten, a Christian must still believe. “At what time,” said the good man, “I am afraid, I will trust in thee.”
Throughout Scripture we can find the phrase “fear not” over 40 times. God spoke these words through Isaiah, “‘Do not fear [anything], for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you; I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].” Isaiah 41:10 (AMP)
Jesus, Himself, admonished the disciples before His Ascension with these words, “And remember that I am always with you until the end of time.” -Matthew 28:20 (GW) Yes, we may be afraid from time to time, but we never face that issue that causes the fear alone. We have a faithful companion that will never leave us. Do not give in to the fear; instead, begin to praise the One who is always faithful and will carry you through victorious to the other side.
David concluded this Psalm with these words, “God, you did everything you promised, and I’m thanking you with all my heart.
You pulled me from the brink of death, my feet from the cliff-edge of doom. Now I stroll at leisure with God in the sunlit fields of life.” -Psalm 56:12-13 (MSG)
When the fear comes in face it boldly, acknowledge it for what it is, a lie of the Enemy, and faithfully trust the One who will never let you down; the One who will bring you through to the other side victoriously. Meanwhile, begin to praise God for He is the One who is ever faithful and true; providing for you.
Lord, there are times that fear comes like a flood into my life, but I do not want to live in fear. I will not succumb to the lies of the Enemy. I will hold on to your promises; for you are Faithful. I will trust You, dear Lord, to bring me through victoriously whatever it is that I am facing. I am proud to praise you God and give you thanks; for you alone are the One I can always count on. Father, I love you and thank you for your ever present help.