Psalm 56

Be merciful to me, my God,
for my enemies are in hot pursuit;
all day long they press their attack.
My adversaries pursue me all day long;
in their pride many are attacking me.
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?
All day long they twist my words;
all their schemes are for my ruin.
They conspire, they lurk,
they watch my steps,
hoping to take my life.
Because of their wickedness do not let them escape;
in your anger, God, bring the nations down.
Record my misery;
list my tears on your scroll —
are they not in your record?
Then my enemies will turn back
when I call for help.
By this I will know that God is for me.
In God, whose word I praise,
in the LORD, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can man do to me?
I am under vows to you, my God;
I will present my thank offerings to you.
For you have delivered me from death
and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God
in the light of life.

The Philistines once captured David in Gath. David wrote this psalm during that period, expressing his deep fear and anguish at the threats of his enemies. Yet, amid his distress, David puts his trust in God and declares his confidence in his unfailing love and faithfulness.

As always, we can learn from David's actions. One, he acknowledges his fear. We often put on a brave front, trying to conceal our fear, but David doesn't bother. He does not deny or suppress his emotions but brings them before God. We can also be honest with God about our fears and vulnerabilities, knowing he understands and cares for us. Besides, he knows we are afraid, anyway!

Two, David trusts in God's protection. Despite the threats and challenges, David trusts God as his refuge and protector. He affirms God's faithfulness and asserts that he will not be shaken by fear because he knows God is on his side. God is on our side too. And, as Paul asks, "If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31).

Three, David prays for deliverance. Throughout the psalm, David cries out to God for deliverance and asks him to be merciful and attentive to his distress. We, too, should bring our needs and concerns before God in prayer. We can seek his intervention, knowing he is actively involved in our lives. Jesus once said, "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father's care" (Matthew 10:29). The implication is that if God cares about the sparrows, how much more does he care about us.

Four, David chooses faith over fear. Despite the circumstances, David declares, "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you" (v.3). This challenges us to examine our own responses to fear and opposition. Will we allow fear to paralyze us, or will we trust God's sovereignty and faithfulness?

Finally, David praises God in advance. This is a true sign of faith. It is easy to praise God after victory has been won, as the Israelites did after they crossed the Red Sea. It would have been remarkable if they had praised God when they were trapped between the Red Sea on one side and Pharoah's army on the other. But they panicked as we do. David, however, praises God before he has attained victory. We should do the same, knowing God will see us through.

God bless you.

More in this category: « Psalm 55 Psalm 57 »
Psalm 031 - A Profession of Trust
Psalm 031 - A Profession of Trust
Do you face difficult circumstances in life? Of course, you do! Follow David's pattern of prayer, which is a beautiful expression of faith that can help us in our times of struggle.
To subscribe, WhatsApp the message “Psalms” to +91 90821 Read More
Psalm 030 - Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death
Psalm 030 - Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death
Although at times it seems as though God turns his face away from us because of our wicked ways, did you know that God's anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime?
To subscribe, WhatsApp the message “Psalms” Read More
Psalm 029 - The Voice of the LORD in the Storm
Psalm 029 - The Voice of the LORD in the Storm
Given that we serve such an awesome God, is there any reason for us to be filled with fear and anxiety? Put your faith in this God and be filled with strength and peace.
To subscribe, WhatsApp the message “Psalms” to Read More
Psalm 028 - A Prayer for Help and Praise for Its Answer
Psalm 028 - A Prayer for Help and Praise for Its Answer
David speaks about those who speak cordially with their neighbors while they harbor malice in their hearts as evil people. Are you guilty of this?
To subscribe, WhatsApp the message “Psalms” to +91 90821 01605.
Transcript
When we think about the evil Read More
Psalm 027 - The LORD Is My Light and My Salvation
Psalm 027 - The LORD Is My Light and My Salvation
David says: “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” What is the one thing that YOU seek?
To subscribe, WhatsApp the message “Psalms” to +91 Read More
Psalm 026 - A Protestation of Integrity
Psalm 026 - A Protestation of Integrity
Do we dare to ask God to test us and examine our hearts and minds to see if we are faithful? What do you think he will find?
To subscribe, WhatsApp the message “Psalms” to +91 90821 01605.
Transcript
One of the Read More
Psalm 025 - A Prayer for Guidance, Pardon and Protection
Psalm 025 - A Prayer for Guidance, Pardon and Protection
We all go through turbulent times and tend to panic. However, we can follow David’s example and do five things that will see us through the storm, safe and sound.
To subscribe, WhatsApp the message “Psalms” to +91 90821 01605.
Transcript
We all Read More
Psalm 024 - The King of Glory
Psalm 024 - The King of Glory
Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? The one with clean hands and a pure heart. How clean are your hands? How pure is your heart?
To subscribe, WhatsApp the message “Psalms” to Read More
Psalm 023 - The LORD Is My Shepherd
Psalm 023 - The LORD Is My Shepherd
If we don’t experience the goodness David sings about, we might be making the wrong choices. Let us make the right choices.
I will be starting a new series on February 22 titled *40 Choices*, where each day, we will purposefully Read More
Psalm 022 - A Cry of Anguish and Song of Praise
Psalm 022 - A Cry of Anguish and Song of Praise
If you have received the gift of salvation, would you not want to see others saved, especially those you love? What are you doing about it?
To subscribe, WhatsApp the message “Psalms” to +91 90821 01605.
Transcript
Anyone singing this psalm would instantly Read More

Load More