Daily D – Psalm 56:3
Psalm 56:3 “But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.” (NLT)
Why does the Bible include 366 commands to Fear Not? Why are we told so often to stop being afraid? Because God is bigger than whatever causes us fear. Nothing we ever face is capable of getting between us and God’s love for us. (See Romans 8:35 and following.)
King David gives us perspective. David knew fear. He also knew God. He knew which was bigger, stronger, faster. He knew who to turn to when the hair stood up on his neck and his heart pounded.
“But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.”
He ran to his rock, his refuge, his hiding place.
He remembered what God had done for him before.
“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book,” (verse 8).
God’s watch-care included a book of sorrows.
David trusted God because God was trustworthy. God knew all about where had been and what he had experienced. He knew the wins and the losses. This gave Dave confidence.
“I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?” (Verse 11).
1. Some experiences are fearful.
2. God is bigger than whatever we fear.
3. God knows all about our sorrows.
4. We overcome fear when we look back with gratitude.
5. We lean forward in confidence because God is more than enough for whatever we face.
I will put my trust in God.
Our Father, I will put my trust in you. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.
Psalm 52:8, 9 ”But I am like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God; I trust in God’s faithful love forever and ever. I will praise you forever for what you have done. In the presence of your faithful people, I will put my hope in your name, for it is good.“