Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?”
It is interesting that the psalmist says when I am afraid. It is not if this happens to me or perhaps, maybe but when. There will be times in all our lives that fear comes knocking at the door. Fear comes in all different sizes, colours and shapes. You can be afraid of the dark, afraid of confined spaces, afraid of dogs, people, germs, death...the list could go on and on. The question is what do we do when it comes at us.
In this verse David suggests three keys to fighting fear. First, he trusts in The Lord. Psalm 20:7 says some trust in chariots and some trust in horses but I will remember the name of The Lord my God. Today you might ask if you trust in your job, credit card, your savings or God. The word trust is a verb, which means it's an action word. It means to believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of. In other words it is saying is God is dependable and you can count on Him!
Secondly, David praises God’s word. The word of God is quick, sharp and powerful. It creates, breaks and produces life. It goes out and does not return void but accomplished what it's been sent to do. That makes it dependable, incredible and eternal.
Finally, David looks at the fear of man in comparison to the trustworthiness of God. God is powerful - men are not. His conclusion is what can man do to me? If God is for me who can be against me?
Prayer: “Father, I thank you that your word is true, active and powerful. I thank you that I can depend on you even though I feel afraid.”