If there was one thing King David understood it was fear. In his early days as a shepherd he was probably confronted with all types of scary things. In his middle years fought wars and enough enemies to make any man fearful. His later years were filled with betrayel by family members who wanted to kill him.
To say this man knew a thing or two about fear would be an understatement.
These words by King David were part of my daily morning reading….
my enemies trample on me all day long, for many attack me proudly. When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
When I am afraid I put my trust in you.
That looks awfully good on paper doesn’t it?
In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me? All day long they injure my cause; all their thoughts are against me for evil.
David’s fear of others was replaced by trust in God.
Again, that looks awfully good on paper.
They stir up strife, they lurk; they watch my steps, as they have waited for my life. For their crime will they escape? In wrath cast down the peoples, O God!
David was angry wasn’t he? He is begging God to do something.
We can all relate to that.
You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call. This I know, that God is for me.
David is pouring out his heart here. He’s acknowledging that God knows all and sees all and more importantly David knows that God is on his side.
It all sounds so good but sometimes it’s not so easy to remember that God is on our side, especially when we are going through excruciatingly dificult circumstances, huh?
In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?
David is seriously distressed enough so as to repeat himself. The most important thing here isn’t the distress but the reaction to his distress was to praise in and trust of God!
Again, it’s easy to say but not so easy to do. Our reaction to distress as Christians should be praise in and trust of God. I’ve failed in this department many times….
I must perform my vows to you, O God; I will render thank offerings to you. For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.
David knew that no matter what happened to his earthly body he would one day be with God forever. This fact alone is worth of much praise and thanks to God!
When you are going through trials and hard times, do you think that this world is only temporary and heaven awaits? I can assure you there are times when that’s the last thing I think about. I’m sure you can all relate.
Trusting in God during the toughest times of our lives is never easy. Praising Him during the most difficult days of your life can be equally as difficult. What makes it easier to do both is to continually remind ourselves that God is on our side, this world for us is only temporary, and the home He’s made for us as well our enemies is eternal and waiting for us as well.
Trust in God and Fear Not!