I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me? (Psalm 56:4, NLT)
They are remarkable words of perspective from David. Yet the setting in which he wrote them is equally amazing. If your Bible has headings, it may say something like this for Psalm 56: “A psalm of David, regarding the time the Philistines seized him in Gath.”
David wasn’t sitting on a throne in Israel with servants feeding him grapes when he wrote. No, he was in a Philistine dungeon deep within enemy territory. And those “mere mortals…”? – think scads of Goliath-sized men and you get the picture. Interestingly, David repeated the same questions a few verses later (v.11). And in between, he listed all the things the mere mortals were doing to him! It was while facing completely overwhelming and bleak circumstances that David paused and asked himself two questions.
1). “You believe in God, so why are you afraid?”
2). “What can men do to you? The worst they can do is reunite you with the God you love and believe in.”
Notice that David didn’t pretend he wasn’t afraid; he just countered his fear with some eternal perspective. And friends, we can (and should) do likewise. There are many fear-inducing realities in this fallen world. They may take the form of things like illnesses, job losses, or broken relationships, but we all have our “prisons” and “enemies.”
But instead of giving in to fear, frequently pause and ask yourself, “Christian, you trust in God, so why be afraid? What can this situation do to me?” If necessary, rinse and repeat! –Dave
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