What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. ~Psalm 56:3
Have you ever had a bad case of fear? I mean, where you have been so afraid that you trembled? Where you were so afraid that you cried with tears? When fear overtakes us, it can be a terrifying feeling. We become insecure. We have a complete lack of confidence. We imagine things to be worse than they really are. We expect the worst and become negative. Fear is paralyzing. Fear is a snare. When fear gets the best of us, God is smaller than our problem! In Ps. 56, David is going through the worst case of fear anyone could go through. However, this Psalm was not written to magnify our fears: it is written to magnify faith in God! Let us see how David went from trembling to trusting!
We see the unreasonable PROBLEMS.
David is over his head in problems. He is outnumbered by his foes. He is being slandered and contradicted in his words. He is being pursued and chased. He describes his situation as if the enemy will swallow him up. He feels like he could die at any moment. He has sleepless nights. He is breaking down emotionally and crying. He is at a place where his fears have become unreasonable and out of control. Fear that is out control becomes a stronghold in our life. It has a headlock on our thoughts, feelings, and spiritual life. Fear left unchecked and allowed to continue for an extended period of time makes us its captive and slave. Be careful of taking counsel of your fears. Be careful of living in the land of fear.
We see the unreserved PRACTICE.
I’m thankful David did not let his fears bury him in the grave. David says, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” It sounds so simple, but David demonstrates complete trust and faith in the Lord. He has placed his faith in the promises and precepts of God’s Word. “In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.” He has made prayer his priority and means of escape. “When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.” I have found that most people who struggle with fear have not learned to get a hold of God through prayer. He got his thinking realigned to realize that God was for him. Trust is letting go of our fears and reasoning, and placing our complete confidence in God for our outcome. Let go of your fears, and give them to God!
We see the unrivalled PRODUCT.
David has gone from trembling to trusting! David has gone from fear to faith. He has learned God’s promises work and can be trusted! He boldly proclaims, “I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.” He says, “For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?” He has received God’s deliverance. He knows if he could have faith in God for his fate, he could also trust God to keep him from falling!
When you are afraid, trust in the Lord! Unload your anxieties and cares on the Lord. Don’t stay up at night trembling; instead, get on your knees and pray! Don’t seek the counsel of men for what to do; open the Bible and discover God’s precepts and promises that are just for you. Don’t let fear paralyze you and make you its slave; call on the Lord to break the chains that are holding you, and experience freedom from torment. God is for you in all things. He will do a better job of holding you up than you can for yourself.
Have a faith-complete God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Numbers 33-34