Psalm 56 Commentary

Psalm 56 Commentary

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Then he is no longer afraid. Then he declares, “What can mere mortals do to me?”

The picture is that of a bully pursuing his victim all day. He is self-confident. He trusts his prowess. He boasts about it. He is sure of victory. He is proud.

On the other side is the lowly saint coiling in fear until a moment of prayer and trust in the LORD, God Almighty. Then the saint can respond to threats boldly: “What can mere mortals do to me?” With trust in the LORD, his God, the psalmist can speak back to adversity.

Trust forms the chorus of this song. What the saint does in moments of adversity, fear, and danger determines their destiny. Our lives are shaped by our responses to life’s difficult moments. When we trust the LORD, we can tell the bully they are nothing. It is a moment of pride in what the LORD is to His people.

Thanksgiving follows trust. The saint can boast; the saint can praise.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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