In God I Trust (Psalm 56:1-13)Phillip Stuckey, September 13, 2020
Part of the Exposition of the Psalms series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Have you ever felt totally alone, hopeless, and terrified? If so, then Psalm 56, another psalm that is rooted in the life of David, can help. After stopping in Nob and taking Goliath’s sword in his flight from Saul, David flees, of all places, to the hometown of Goliath in the territory of the Philistines (1 Sam. 21:1-10; cp. 1 Sam. 17:4). It is there in the presence of Achish, that David is confronted by fear (1 Sam. 21:11-15). Let us consider this psalm of lament that pleads with God for help in the face of fear and may it move us to a confident faith that can sustain us in trouble and trial.
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Psalm 56 (Listen)
To the choirmaster: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. A Miktam of David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.
56:1 Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me;
all day long an attacker oppresses me;
2 my enemies trample on me all day long,
for many attack me proudly.
3 When I am afraid,
I put my trust in you.
4 In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can flesh do to me?
5 All day long they injure my cause;
all their thoughts are against me for evil.
6 They stir up strife, they lurk;
they watch my steps,
as they have waited for my life.
7 For their crime will they escape?
In wrath cast down the peoples, O God!
8 You have kept count of my tossings;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book?
9 Then my enemies will turn back
in the day when I call.
This I know, that God is for me.
10 In God, whose word I praise,
in the LORD, whose word I praise,
11 in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
12 I must perform my vows to you, O God;
I will render thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered my soul from death,
yes, my feet from falling,
that I may walk before God
in the light of life.