by Peter G. Feenstra
In God I have put my trust;
I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me? (Ps. 56:11)
Imagine yourself being thrown out of your home and country. You are forced to make your bed in some cold, isolated spot; you spend your nights tossing and turning, crying yourself to sleep. That’s the situation David faces while fleeing from Saul. Once he leaves the land of the Philistines he will be confronted by Saul and his men again. He has nothing to look forward to but hardship and persecution. David is faced with an extremely difficult time, but Psalm 56 makes clear that David will not be controlled by fear. “Whenever I am afraid I will trust in You,” he says, “... in God I have put my trust.”
Trusting in God isn’t some abstract or vague concept. In the vocabulary of the Bible, to trust is to rely on someone or something for security, to put one’s life in someone's hand. Those who trust in God may not rely on their own insight or ingenuity (Proverbs 3:5-6). Trusting is a response to salvation and to the promises of God. It is to find answers to your laments and cries in words spoken by the Lord. David can trust in the same God who said to Joshua, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) The Word of God is David’s strength. Even though everything appears futile, heading down a dead-end street, David believes those who flee to the Lord will not be disappointed.
The Spirit has given this psalm to us to direct us where to go with all our fears, anxieties, worries and troubles. Therefore, be strengthened by what you have in your mighty God by returning to His Word every day. For you know Him in Christ. The Lord came to deliver you from all your enemies in and through Christ. Will He not give you all things through Him? Trusting in our mighty Lord, we can say with the apostle Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13), and, “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? ...Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? ... Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:31–32, 35, 37)For further information about this resource, click here.