Psalm 56:3-4 - The Verses Project

Bible Psalm 56:3-4

Posted November 10, 2016

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?

We live in a day and age of marked by fear. Fear of the recently elected president, the market crashing, terrorist attacks, fear of missing out, losing a job, a fear of death, a fear of remaining single our whole lives, or perhaps getting married but never being able to have children. In the face of such fear, what posture are we as Christians to take? How are we to interact with this fear? Succumb to it and become paralyzed by it? Or perhaps we go the other way and simply pretend it doesn’t exist? In this psalm, David does neither…

1) When Not If

David faces his fear head on. David never says, “If I am afraid…” or “I’ll never be afraid…” but rather assumes the presence of fear when he says, “When I am afraid…” The question isn’t if you’ll stumble into something that causes fear in your life! David knows you will. The question is rather what you do with it.

2) Right Placement

Think of trust as a currency you hold in your hand, like a handful of coins. When fear hits, you have options of what to trust to help you through that time of fear. What is the thing that you can bank on to get you through whatever it is you fear? That’s where you put or “deposit” your trust. You will trust something or someone to see you through that fear, even if it’s your own willpower and abilities.

3) Fighting Fear With Trust

The solution for a fear-filled life is not eliminating any hint of fear, but rather fighting that fear with a different sort of fear: a trust in God. Isn’t that where unhealthy fear comes from? A misplaced trust? Thinking that something or someone else can do for us what only God can promise and follow through with? Trusting in God uproots whatever misplaced trust that caused us to fear in the first place and plants it firmly where it should have never been removed from: in God and a confident reliance in His word.

It’s only as the word of God speaks more loudly than the word of man that we can find ourselves breathing more deeply and trusting in Him again. Those old fears might never disappear, but they’re put in their proper place and rightly-ordered before a healthy fear of God. This newfound trust in God frees us not only to no longer worry, but also empowers us to boldly stand up from under these lesser-fears; it empowers us confront circumstances, people, and systems that fly in the face of God and His kingdom values.

Friends, only God is sovereignly ruling and reigning on His throne; no fear can make claims of supremacy! There are plenty of reasons to fear, but trust in an all-powerful, all-loving God is essential for overcoming fear. In this season and climate of uncertainty, may a beautiful fear of God trump the fear of man in our hearts…


Song performed by Chichi Agorom, Joel Limpic, and Aaron Strumpel.
Song written by Chichi Agorom and Joel Limpic.
Production by Aaron Strumpel.
Artwork by Bethany Siekmeier.
Devotional by Joel Limpic.