In Trouble Again

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 56:1-13

Again David is in trouble. He had fled from Saul who was hunting him down like an animal. In desperation he fled to the land of the Philistines. When he realized they were going to capture him, he feigned insanity and they let him go.

He says, “When I am afraid, I trust in you … in God I trust; I will not be afraid” (vv. 3,4). We all experience situations that produce fear. I fear heights. Once I said to a farmer that I would not climb his silo for a million dollars, to which he replied that he would not climb my pulpit for a million dollars. David says to God, “When I am afraid, I trust in you.” God invites you to do the same. Trust in God takes away fears.

David also says, “What can mortal man do to me?” (v. 4). People can hurt us, but there is a limit to what they can do to us. Suppose a person should kill me. What would be the result? I would go to heaven. David reaffirms his faith:

  • When I pray, my enemies will retreat.
  • I know for certain that you are with me.
  • I praise your promises!
  • I will keep mine.
  • I trust you and am not afraid.
  • I would please you and follow the light.


Father, take away my fears, for you love me and are all-powerful. In Jesus’ name. Amen.