The title of Psalm 56 is Jonath-elem-rechokim. It means “the silent dove of those afar off”. The psalm was written in the midst of David’s experience in the pagan land of the Philistines, as described in 1 Samuel 21:10-15. Ref. The Henry Morris Study Bible
When the Philistines took him in Gath, he was then like a dove in strangers’ hands, and on his escape he records his gratitude. In verses 1 and 2, he pours out his complaint; in verses 3 and 4, he declares his confidence in God; in verses 5 and 6 he returns to his complaining, but pleads with earnest hope in verses 7 – 9, and sings a grateful song from verse 1- to the close. Ref. The Treasury of David – Volume 1 Psalms 1- 57 by C. H. Spurgeon
3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. 4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. -- Psalm 56:3-4 KJV
We are merely humans, and therefore subject to overthrow. We are week humans, and therefore incapable to protect ourselves. We are fallen and sinful humans, and therefore we have earned all it. And because of all these things we are afraid. “What time I am afraid“. David was not a boaster, to say that he is not afraid. He was not a cruel type of a person either, to say that he has no fear. “I will trust in thee“. David’s intellect purged him from ignorance, he understood and saw inevitability of his jeopardy. That is why he was afraid.
But that fear did not occupied his mind completely. “In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust“. Fear and trust was engaged together in his mind at that moment. It enabled David to set his heart to the right response – “I will not fear what flesh can do unto me“.
Today is November 2nd, 2020. It means that tomorrow is Election Day 2020 in the USA. There is “Hate America Agenda”, there is “Pro-Choice Agenda”, there is “Pro-life Agenda”, there is “Black Lives Matter Agenda” and all sort of things on the table for voters to choose from. Both parties have to repent. And Christians must vote based not on a party principles, but based on God’s principles. And one thing I know for sure, no matter what the results will be, it is ALL GOD’S AGENDA! My Bible taught me so. Therefore be like David.
This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV
- When fear occupies your mind, do still have room for trust?
- Do you praise the Lord God in any circumstances?
- What is your greatest fear and do you deal with it?
- Would you submit to God’s will even in situation of your jeopardy?
- Are you ready to stand to last for the Word of God?
Dear Heavenly Father, we praise Your Word and we put trust in You alone. We pray that in the time we afraid You will give us the Spirit of courage, and the Spirit of fear of our Lord God. We lift up all the worries to You Lord. And we know that You put our tears in the bottle and wrote them in Your book. You are for us, then what men can do to us?
We pray in Mighty Name of Jesus Christ. Amen