Morning devotion: Read Psalm 56

Psalms 56:1  ¶<<To the chief Musician upon Jonathelemrechokim, Michtam of David, when the Philistines took him in Gath.>> Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me. 2  Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High. 3  What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. 4  In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. 5  Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil. 6  They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul. 7  Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.

This Psalm is reference to the time when David feigned himself mad before Achish king of Gath. He was being chased by King Saul, he was betrayed by Doeg, Saul’s servant and he was feigning himself mad before his enemies such as Achish. David was in a fix for sure.

All around him was trouble and fear. Yet, David had the presence of mind, heart and soul to pray a very solemn and solid prayer. “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.”

Ps 34:4  I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Jesus said: John 14:1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

In times of trouble, when the world seems to engulf you, when the enemies wrest (twist) your words and it seems as if the enemy marks your steps, trust the Lord.

Isaiah 26:3  Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

John 16:33  These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Now, with two promises like Isaiah 26:3 an John 16:33, what do you have to fear? David said in verse 4  “In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust;”

In a fickle world that seems to change with the whim of tide and thought, we have something that never changes and never falters; we have the word of God and God himself. When you are afraid, trust in the Lord.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook