“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” — Psalm 56:3-4 (ESV)
When these words came from the pen of David, he was running for his life. Situations were definitely not ideal for the man after God’s own heart. Yet in this time of worry and darkness, he looks to God for his comfort and strength.
This is a passage I look to often for comfort, with it’s words of trusting and love to the Lord. But when you learn the context of what David was going through at the time of writing this, it gives this Psalm a whole new perspective.
David is a huge example to us in our lives of looking to God when times get tough. Though we may not be physically running for our lives, we are running from sin, struggle, and temptation. When struggling with this run from sin, we should look to God in the way that David looks to Him in this Psalm. David emphasizes over and over his constant devotion and trust in his Maker.
Psalm 56 also sheds a light on the magnitude of God’s love for his creation. “You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle.” (Psalm 56:8a) The depth of God’s love is so great that He numbers every step we take and collects every tear. No matter how hopeless we feel, God is paying attention to us. He is noticing every minute detail about our lives. No one on earth can or will ever love you that deeply.
I pray we can all look to the example of David and his writing of Psalm 56, and be encouraged.