Psalm 56 O God, have mercy on me, for people are hounding me. My foes attack me all day long. 2 I am constantly hounded by those who slander me, and many are boldly attacking me. 3 But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. 4 I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me? 5 They are always twisting what I say; they spend their days plotting to harm me. 6 They come together to spy on me—watching my every step, eager to kill me. 7 Don’t let them get away with their wickedness; in your anger, O God, bring them down. 8 You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. 9 My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help. This I know: God is on my side! 10 I praise God for what he has promised; yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised. 11 I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me? 12 I will fulfill my vows to you, O God, and will offer a sacrifice of thanks for your help. 13 For you have rescued me from death; you have kept my feet from slipping. So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light. (NLT)
David wrote this Psalm when the Philistines had seized him. In a moment of great uncertainty, he continued to trust God. He used the follow actions to steady his faith:
He remembered the promises of God.
He reminded himself that God was bigger than his enemies.
He reminded himself that God cares.
He remembered God was on his side.
He renewed his commitment to God.
He offered up a sacrifice of thanks to God.
David models for us how to stand strong in our faith in uncertain times. These six actions helped steady his faith in God. It’s easy to doubt in moments of uncertainty. When we feel fear pulling us away from our faith in God we need to put into practice these actions of David. They might just be the anchor we need to hold us steady in hard times.
God, like David I chose to trust you. For I too chose to fulfill my vows to you. May I trust you all the days of my life. To you be the glory and honor. Amen!