Daily D – Psalm 56:3-4
Psalm 56:3, 4 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?
Fear incapacitates. Faith empowers.
King David faced and defeated a lion, a bear, and a giant. He was a mighty warrior. People sang his praises. He lived what we would consider a fearless life.
David tells us he is not as fearless as he appears. He says, “When I am afraid, . . .” There is no false bravado here. There is no pretense. There is only honesty. We see this gut-level truth in the word, when. David didn’t try to weasel out of confessing his fear by saying, if. He called it by name. He acknowledged it for what it was.
He also tells us what to do with fear. “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” There are realities too big and too strong for you, me, and a fearless king. When we face something beyond our abilities, we should immediately place our trust in God.
Fear reminds us of how small we are. Faith reminds fear of how big God is. We live in the grip of his grace. People are no match for God. They cannot pry us from his hand. (See John 10:28, 29.)
Fear brings questions. Faith brings answers.
Fear brings accusations. Faith brings affirmations.
Fear brings dread. Faith brings joy.
Fear brings darkness. Faith brings the light of life (verse 13).
Ten little words remind us what to do when we are afraid: “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” These are words worth committing to memory. You and I will need them again and again as we learn the lessons of fearless, faithful living.
I will put my trust in God when I am afraid.
Our Father, everything causing me fear is smaller and weaker than you. I belong to you. I trust in you. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
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.