A Community of Grace · Clinton, SC

When I am afraid…I shall not be afraid!

Psalm 56 was written by David in response to his being captured by the Philistines in Gath. David was seized with fear, but even though his predicament was of his own making (see 1 Samuel 21:10-22:1a), he did not hesitate to call out to God for rescue. Verses 1-2 & 5-7 tell us of the evil intent of his enemies, and sandwiched between them (vv. 3-4) are “instructions” on what to do when afraid so you won’t be afraid – trust in God, for trust in Him triumphs over fear. Verses 8-11 contain the HOW and the WHYS of trusting. HOW: Recount who God is and how he acts on behalf of his people. WHYS: 1] God is aware of our troubles and our personal tossings (v. 8); 2] He cares – he puts our tears in a bottle (v. 8); 3] He has ordained our tossings (they are in his book! – v. 8); 4] God is for his children (v. 9); 5] God’s word is trustworthy and worthy of praise (vv. 4, 10); 6] All man can do is kill us – they cannot take our “life” from us (v. 11, cf. Matthew 10:28); and 7] God is sovereign over mankind (v. 11 – so what can man do to us?). What powerful reasons to trust! Verses 12-13 contain the proper response to God’s working. Compelled by his goodness and grace, we must 1] Fulfill our vows to the Lord (v. 11); 2] give his thanks (v. 11); and 3] walk in holy obedience (v. 12). O Lord, help us to trust you!