PSALM 56:8-11

8. You number and record my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your book?

9. Then shall my enemies turn back in the day that I cry out; this I know, for God is for me.

10. In God Whose Word I praise, in the Lord, Whose Word I praise,

11. In God have I put my trust, and confident reliance; I will not be afraid; what can man do to me? Amp.

Definitions

Trust -d) Firm belief in the honesty and reliability, etc. of some person or thing. Faith. Confident expectation. To allow to do something without fear of the outcome.

Reliance -d) trust, dependence or confidence.

This is set at a time when David was surrounded by enemies. He continually cried out to His rock to protect and care for him. How could he know that God would protect him without the battle?

Many trials are sent our way wanting to build us up and strengthen us. We all start out with a measure of faith. It grows as it is exercised. He is always by our side to the point that He puts every tear we shed in a bottle. Even our tears are precious to Him.

Each battle we fight, we learn a valuable lesson to be used in future battles. We learn that God is for us. And that means we know no foe can stand before Him. So why should we fear? Verse 3 says, “What time I am afraid, I will have confidence and put my trust and reliance on You.”

He wants to prove to us that He is with us and will protect us. How can we know without going through the perfect trial? Once the Israelites went through the Red Sea, they were never the same. They were far from perfect, but they were changed.

I believe it is in our sin nature to fear. We must learn how not to fear. I believe we can see the fear that we have and then choose to let it go and put our faith in the Lord’s protection. I know there are times for me when I am afraid and am not even aware of it. The Lord shows me the fear and then He helps me to resist and believe.

Fear is the opposite of faith. Faith is what He is looking for in each one of us. It is like any sin. We have to bring it to Him and repent, asking for help to not do it anymore. He is so good and so patient with us. But one day He will come back. That day we will need to stand in faith with no fear.

CH SPURGEON

Fear that drives us to trust is a blessing in disguise. If I fear people, I have only to trust God and I have the best antidote for fear. To trust when there is no cause for fear is professing faith, but to rely on God when reasons for alarm are many and imminent is the conquering faith of God’s elect.

Faith produces praise. He who can trust will soon sing. God’s promise, when fulfilled, is a great subject for praise, and even before fulfillment should give us a song.

When faith is exercised fear is banished and holy triumph follows. Let us maintain faith and we will soon recover courage.

SONGS – HIDING PLACE – YET WILL I PRAISE THEE – LEAD ME TO THE ROCK – KENT HENRY

MY REFUGE/HOSANNA

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