Psalm 56:3 - In the day when I am afraid, I will trust in You.
David, the author of this Psalm, knew about fear. He wrote this Psalm when he had been taken captive by the Philistines who were enemies of him and his people.
In the midst of uncertainty, David declares "I will trust the Lord my God, and will not be afraid, even though fear has come upon me."
To be afraid means to be fearful of someone or something dangerous that can cause us pain, or threat in one way or another. Fear is a normal instinct and a reality we all have to deal with at one time or another.
David reminds us that sometimes in life, there will be circumstances and situations that will come upon us to cause us to fear, but God commands us in His word to "be not afraid" but to put our faith and trust in Him for He alone is the one who can rescue us from the hands of the enemy.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and self-control.
David gives us an example on how to deal with fear instead of trying to avoid fear. We deal with it by putting our trust in God, and by believing the promises of protection He has given us in His Word.
1 John 4:18- "Perfect love casts out fear".
When the opportunity to be fearful presents itself to us, we must trust God. Turn to Him in prayer and study of His Word knowing that God is for us and if He is for us, who could be against us.
We deal with fear by choosing to trust in God, pray and hide His Word in our heart.
Trusting God not only bring us His help in time of need, but it also give us peace and confidence in knowing that God is our ever present help, even in the time of fear or trouble.
In vs#1 -2 of this text, we see David's prayer to the Lord His God. Let's listen: “Be gracious to me, O God for man has trampled upon me; Fighting all day long he oppresses me. My foes have trampled upon me all day, long, for they are many who fight proudly against me.”
In vs#3-5 we see that after David has prayed to His God he now has confidence for He says "when I am afraid I will put my trust in you O God, whose word I praise. In God i have put my trust i shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?
Prayer in faith give us courage. That is why we are commanded to pray in faith, believing that God will hear and answer our prayer. Mark 11:24-Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
One thing we can learn from David’s life is that whenever he finds himself in situations that are beyond his control, the first thing he would did was run to God in prayer.
Like David, we too may have enemies. They may not necessarily be from outside they could be close friends, family members, business partners, neighbors, haters, coworkers, or even church brothers and sisters.
If we could be honest for a moment, I am sure we all can say that there has been or even still yet are times when we are being attacked mentally by others for no reason. When we face these situations what should be our response? We could either retaliate and fight back or go to God in prayer.
What I have learned over and the years and still practice today is that when the difficulties and many challenges of life from without or within comes my way, I find them driving me directly into the presence of God in prayer.
God wants us to come to Him. As a matter fact, He bids us to come to Him with confidence in knowing that He is not only knows we need help, but that He is also able and willing to help us even in the midst of the opportunity to fear.
Hebrews 4:16-Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Throughout scripture God reminds us to "fear not" for He is with us always, even unto the end.
Trouble on every side? Being chased by the enemy? Circumstances of life are chaotic? Trouble on every side? Pray!
Fearful? Turn your fear into faith and confidence through prayer and the study of God's Word. God promises to hear and answer you.
Trust God on today to deliver you and He will do just that.