“But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what He has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?” Psalm 56:3, 4
For those discouraged, which by truly honest assessment would include all of us at times, we can appreciate the honestly and heart of the Psalmist here. In this passage David says, “When I am afraid” not if I am afraid. When there is question, momentary doubt, or even failure, David does not avoid it, but presents it to God for clarity, correction, and even at times a desperate cry for help.
He doesn’t conceal his situations or emotions; he confesses them and proceeds to realignment. Absent from him are theological preferences, pride, and denial as is the habit of some who think they may display weakness of faith should a spirit of fear be detected and honestly confessed. Attempts to cloak fear for concern of a failure of faith is not the right path. David has instead given us a better way. When fear is sensed, acknowledge it and then turn to the source that can alleviate and dismiss our fears. That source is Jehovah God!
For the true child of God, when a season is spent in God’s presence and basking in His Word trust is reaffirmed sending fear to flight. What can mere humans do to me in the realm of eternity? The apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:8 told the church that when we are not in our physical bodies, we are present with the Lord, so even in death should the enemy think he wins, he still loses. We win! “Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’” (1Corinthians 15:55, 56)
In this life temporary discouragements are certain to be experienced, but for the child of God victory is the final word written in our story.
The Psalmist said he prayed to You Lord and You freed him from all his fears.[i] I too ask that when fear invades that You will deliver me from my fears for this is what You have promised as I trust in You. Amen.
[i] Psalm 34:4 NLT