June 24, 2021 – Thursday
Psalm 56:3-4 NIV
3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in You. 4 In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
Psalm 56:3-4 NKJV
3 Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. 4 In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?
This is a Psalm of David and concerns the time when the Philistines had captured him in Gath. Gath was a city in Philistia just west of the border with Judah as shown on this map. David’s capture is described in 1 Samuel 21:10-15 when he pretended to be insane.
Look at verse three above, When I am afraid, I put my trust in You NIV and Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You NKJV. While they are very similar, MacLaren’s Exposition had something fascinating to say about the KJV where we find I will trust. He stated, I find that David was the first that ever employed the word that is here translated, I will trust, with a religious meaning. It is found occasionally in earlier books of the Bible in different connections, never in regard to man’s relations to God, until the Poet-Psalmist laid his hand upon it, and consecrated it for all generations to express one of the deepest relations of man to his Father in heaven. Then he adds, And it is a favourite word of his [David’s]. I find it occurs constantly in his psalms; twice as often, or nearly so, in the psalms attributed to David as in all the rest of the Psalter put together.
Today, we have even more reason to put our trust in God as individuals who have admitted and repented of our sins, believe Jesus died for our sins and rose on the third day, and we call upon Him as our Lord and Savior (Romans 10:8-11). But without that David put his trust in God and said he would do so whenever he was afraid. Easy to say, difficult to do without a deep faith. MacLaren put it this way, It is when we are ‘afraid’ that we trust in God; not in easy times, when things are going smoothly with us. Not when the sun shines, but when the tempest blows and the wind howls about his ears, a man gathers his cloak round him, and cleaves fast to his supporter. I would add if we are to walk in our faith, we need to put our trust in Jesus/God not just when things are bad and we are afraid, but also in easy times, when things are going smoothly with us as that is when it is easy to live our life as without depending on Him.
This is where verse four comes in as it seems to cover times of danger or fear and times without danger or fear, In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? If (!) we remain in God’s word, then our trust becomes a constant. Our fear is gone. And knowing we have a place set aside for us in heaven, why would we fear mere mortals? To be sure, we can be greatly harmed by mere mortals, but they cannot deny us our future in heaven.
These verses are so important David paraphrased them in verses eleven and twelve to drive his point home, In God (I will praise His word), In the Lord (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? NKJV Our task is to truly trust the Lord and to stand firm. Not to attack, but to stand firm as the bible tells us thirty-three different times.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Grant me the faith to always put my trust in You and to stand firm as you have called me to do. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.