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When I Am Afraid (Through the Psalms) Psalm 56

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December 25, 2021 7:00 am

When I Am Afraid (Through the Psalms) Psalm 56

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December 25, 2021 7:00 am

Welcome to Through the Psalms, a weekend ministry of The Truth Pulpit. Over time, we will study all 150 psalms with Pastor Don Green from Truth Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. We're glad you're with us. Let's open to the Psalms now as we join our teacher in The Truth Pulpit.--https---throughthepsalms.comClick the icon below to listen.

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Welcome to through the songs a weekend ministry of the truth. Pulpit overtime will study all 150 Psalms with pastor Don Greene from Cruz Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio were glad you're with us is over the Psalms that as we join our teacher in the truthful. One of the many reasons that we love the Bible is that it is a book that understands us, there is a theologian one time who, when he came to Christ, said that the in the Bible he found a book that understands me and that's very true. And as we go through the Psalms. Together we find that to be true, we find a book we find texts that that meet us where were at that understand the hardship of life and give us meaningful help to be able to respond to it and to live through it and we love God's word for that. We realize that there is no there is no comfort in worldly entertainment. We realize that there is no meaningful help for us in any worldly philosophy. It's only in the Bible that we find that which addresses the deepest needs in the deepest longings of our soul. It's so important for us to have that is in it because as Job said, man is born for trouble as the sparks fly upward.

Just as naturally as a campfire throw sparks up into the air, so naturally does trouble come to us.

The Bible addresses us in that realistic way not painting a false picture of ease and comfort throughout life, but recognizing the trials come the trials are difficult and the trials can even be prolonged in nature. Where would we be without a word from Scripture without a word from God that that we can lean on, as we sung earlier that we can come under his wings under the protection of God and find a refuge for soul. Well, Scripture understands that and in Psalm 56 which I read earlier were going to find David taking refuge under the shadow of God's wing, so to speak, in the things that he has said for us here in Psalm 56 we find David once again under attack we find him dealing with relentless assault from his enemies. And if you look at the inscription it says that David wrote this when the Philistines seized him in math. Now most commentators believe that this is a reference to a time when David pretended that he was insane when he was in the hands of the Philistines. If you look over at first Samuel 21 to the left in your Bibles first Samuel 21, we can just read the background of the solution. First Samuel 21 beginning in verse 10, David was fleeing from Saul who wanted to kill him due to the hatred that was in Saul's heart it says in first Samuel 21 verse 10. David's alone at this time. He had not yet gathered men around him. The David arose and fled that day from Saul and went to a cash king of Gath, but the servants of vacation said to him, is this not David, the king of the land they not sing at this one as they danced saying Saul has slain his thousands, and David his 10,000s there trying to turn the king against David so that he will deal with David harshly. In verse 12, David took these words to heart and greatly feared a cash king of Gath. So he disguised his sanity before them and acted insanely in their hands. Notice that he was in their hands that they had had possession, custody of him.

He acted insanely in their hands and scribbled on the doors of the gate and let his saliva run down into his beard than a Kish said to his servants, behold, you see the man behaving as a madman. Why do you bring him to me dry lack madman that you have brought this one to act a madman in my presence, shall this one come into my house. So in chapter 22 verse one David departed from there and escaped to the cave at Abdullah and when his brothers and all his father's household heard of it. They went down there to him see that he was he was alone, and then only after this incident did the men come to rally around him.

David was in a defenseless position in this episode in his life and so he pretended to be insane in order to to find a cunning way to escape. It was simply a way of getting out of his situation. There, and as the text and Samuel tells us what he did here in Psalm 56 we see what was in his heart and what we find that was in his heart was that David was making a conscious decision to trust God in the midst of the ongoing attacks that were making him afraid this was a this was a period of time where where David was under duress he was under stress you can relate to that. Can't you and yet we find in Psalm 56 that how David responds to that trial also point out something to you. It's easy to miss. I tried to emphasize with voice inflection, as I read the text earlier, but there's a sense of of a relentless weariness in with which David is writing under the provocation Psalm 56. Look at verse one, where he says he says all day long. He oppresses me and in verse two he uses that phrase again.

My foes have trampled upon me all day long and in verse five. All day long. They distort my words all their thoughts are against me for evil.

He feels that sense of of relentless pressure. The stress of this has no relief for him and and there's a there's a groan that is expressed in those words or this is all day long. There's no break. There's no there's no respite there's no rest in the midst of this Lord. They are pressing on me all day long and so it's with that spirit is under he's under a threat is there, it is a relentless threaten and it's in that spirit that he cries out to the Lord not want to just make a really important but preliminary observation here, you know, there are in it. It's just it's just such a false view of a biblical spiritual life to false view of sanctification where people who are not very well taught will put pressure on us that we should be happy all the day and that there should be nothing but sunshine in our life and there's never we never deal with fear or sorrow or discouragement. That's not the that's not the picture spiritual life you find in the Psalms at all. Rather, what you find in Psalms is a recognition that that happens and then the steps that lead you forward from there.

So rather than creating a false sense of reality. The Psalms meet us in the reality and then say here is how you grow from that and in that and we love God's word for its realism. You don't have to live very long to know the pressures of life can sometimes be relentless and that they can come from a lot of different directions. It's it's the same for me as it is for you. There's no there's no greater greater pressure being in ministry. There's no lesser pressure being in ministry. You know where were all in the same boat were all going through this together were all all dealing with the choppy waters together and so it's with a sense of sympathy and love for you and hopefully a sense of understanding that assure that God's word with you tonight.

What we find.

As we look in this is in the opening section of the first seven verses we find David's prayer for deliverance. We find David opening with a prayer for deliverance and notice the notice.

The simplicity of his appeal. In verse one, when he says be gracious to me. Oh God, be gracious to me as simple prayer that says Lord, if you would be gracious to me, all would be well. I don't need to define for you exactly how deliverance should come, Lord, I simply appeal and ask you to exercise undeserved favor to show kindness and mercy to me because of the situation that I am in and that's it. That's always a wonderful way for you to open up prayer when you are in those times is to is is to not not try to be too clever, not try to immediately ask God for how you want the circumstances to work out go to God with a sense of humility, a sense of a sense even of of desperation as the situation calls for it and just basically simply appeal to one of the most fundamental aspects of his character. God, I appeal to your grace to take notice of me in this time and stepping out of the earthly provocation and through an opening prayer like that. An opening salvo to enter into the round were God's grace is operative thing.

God, I know what you're like. I know that your gracious. I know that you I know that you are kind to your people and is one of your children. I come in I avail myself of who you are, be gracious to me. Oh God. And then he goes on in the remainder of the verse, and he states that his his need for grace.

Be gracious to me.

Oh God, why for man is trampled upon me fighting all day long.

He oppresses me my foes have trampled upon me all day long, for they are many who fight proudly against me.

God I am under assault here and it seems like every time one person ranges blows down on me. There's another one to add insult to the injury and there's no break. There's no there's no relief from this I I am on the receiving end of attacks from people who are acting wickedly against me who desire my harm. And Lord, I have no one to turn to for relief or for helper for protection. Have you been in situations like that. Are you in a situation like that right now, man. I've been there. I've been there in my life is. I remember times gone by where where just just the sense of being utterly alone and utterly defenseless against the people who were rising up against me.

You been there, haven't you, and the sense of isolation.

The sense of fear that that can produce the weariness of it of not having any earthly champion. Let's say any earthly help to come alongside you and your utterly alone in the midst of it. You know what that's like, well, what we find here is that as we look at Psalm 56 is is that this is an opportunity for you to grow spiritually and to to learn in the midst of having no earthly recourse, no earthly resources at that in the hands of people who have the authority and the ability to make life difficult for you to harm you to take away benefits to do whatever it is that they can do that when you're in that situation to understand that you are not to collapse under fear not to not to bow down and not to tremble so much before men, but to realize this is the place where I appeal especially to the grace of God and I and in your weakness you you humble yourself and acknowledge the weakness of it you're mindful of a passage like in second Corinthians 12 where it says where Paul said three times. I asked the Lord to remove the thorn from me. The Lord said, my grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness. Beloved, how are you going to know that God's grace is sufficient for you until every other earthly recourse is been withdrawn from, how are you going to know the sufficiency of grace until you have been led to recognize the insufficiency of your own resources and we just have to view these things differently and say okay here I am in my weakness I fall down before you will. God, I appeal to your grace because I have nowhere else to turn.

I've quoted this before. I don't mind quoting it again. I don't mind repeating myself, you will not know that Jesus Christ is all you need until Jesus Christ is all you've got, you won't know that in your own personal experience until you're brought to that place of desperation and so God who is determined to glorify his name in our lives. God, who is determined to all in the highest and exclusive affections of our heart must bring us to such times where he reduces us and he humbles us so that we learn to cry out to him in grace rather than from a sense of pride and self-sufficiency so don't resist the times when God brings you low rather see them as the opportunity for you to cry out for grace. As David is here in Psalm 56 he cries out for deliverance. Now with that said, be heartened be heartened by the example that David lays out for you here that there was a man after God's own heart is the New Testament calls David a man after God's own heart.

The sweet psalmist of Israel, God's chosen king for his chosen people, a type of the Lord Jesus Christ was to come. A in earthly terms a high and exalted man of warrior on the battlefield a a musician of of great skill. A man of a tender heart with weaknesses like you and me can pin these words and and and realize we have someone that we can sympathize with and David who suffered all day long. Recognizing the David suffering and David's. David's sympathy is only a shadow of the greater sympathy in the greater suffering that our Lord Jesus Christ would have and so throughout Scripture as it points us to Christ. It draws us near to a God who knows a God who understands in a God who cares we must know him like that, we must love him like that, we must trust him like that.

David leads the way for what we find.

Here is David exercises faith in the midst of his fear, but in verses three through four with me and we need to spend a little bit of time here because there is a very important aspect of spiritual life at stake in these verses David says when I am afraid I will put my trust in you in God whose word I praise in God. I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me and others at there's attention that's evident in these two verses on the one hand, David says when I am afraid, and then he says, but I will not be afraid, and in the middle of that is it's as it's wrapped around that you find David appealing to the word of God and saying I praise the word of God. His his trials, his isolation the conflict the fear casts him as it were, a wave upon the rock. The wave of his trials cast him back upon the word of God and and he comes back to the word of God and says oh I remember the word of God.

The revealed word of God where God has made himself known.

I remember the riches of the resources of his word and it takes me back there. It takes me back to the world and when I go back to the word I come back to the God who revealed himself in it and and is as the fear casts him back on the word it cast him back on the God and begins to trance form his perspective on his situation. Notice this beloved.

Sometimes young men when their teaching will be too strong in things they say and set a level of expectation. That is contrary to reality and give us a sense that that fear weakness is a sign of spiritual immaturity. David doesn't really give us that sense does he David acknowledges the emotion of fear. David states it plainly. But here's the key.

He does not let it control him. He doesn't let fear he doesn't let his fear have the final word in his life. In an example to us. He moves beyond it. He says okay here I am in this realm of fear. I know what to do here I go back to God's word. I go back to God in the midst of this, and so he goes back to the word of God for strength and that word reveals God's character and who he is to his people. All of a sudden he's got a completely different perspective to draw upon. Here but notice this beloved while he's honest about the fear he does not collapse under it. He does not give into it, he does not let panic overwhelm him. Martin Lloyd Jones talks about faith in this way.

He's easier to use this example he no longer uses that lessees describes it in heaven because he died in 1981, is my point.

But he described faith to like having a snake under your foot. You just keep the pressure on the neck of the snake so that the snake is not able to get out and bite you. And faith is keeping us is applying pressure to a fear or to a threat that would otherwise turn around and strike you what David does here is he exercises faith.

He makes a deliberate choice to trust the Lord in the midst of his fear. Listen to what Charles Spurgeon said about this passage. This is very helpful. Very insightful and leads us into a I believe a a more mature perspective on how a Christian deals with fear as I understand, you know the temptation is is is, especially when you're kind of wrapped up in things you have the fear that you're dealing with. And then you immediately start to feel a sense of condemnation.

Oh, I shouldn't feel this way and then that just becomes a swirling vortex. It only goes down and you're just sucked into that vortex of the circumstances that cause you to fear and then a sense that I shouldn't even feel this way. I should be strong. Well Charles Spurgeon has very helpful words force on this he said and I quote the condition of the psalmist's mind was complex, he feared, but that fear did not fill the whole area of his mind. It is possible for fear and faith to occupy the mind at the same moment we are strange beings and our experience in the divine life is stranger still, we are often in a twilight where light and darkness are both present and it is hard to tell which predominates it is a blessed fear which drives us to trust."

What you see in David. What you see Spurgeon describing is the fact that that the presence of fear does not mean the faith is not present. The presence of faith does not mean that were not assaulted at times by fear. Simply knowing that can bring a lot of clarity and stability to your mind.

And rather than overreacting to the circumstances are overreacting to the fear say this is part of spiritual life and I need to fight my way through it. I need to grow my way through it in the way that you grow through that. The way that you grow through those times of difficulty is that you step back from the circumstances, you don't let the fear control you. And as it were. You speak to yourself, you remind yourself of what it is that you believe and who your God is. You must do this. This is the way forward in spiritual life. When those things begin to assault you you consciously. David made a conscious determination. A conscious effort. He applied himself to bring to mind the word of God to bring to mind the character of God in the midst of the fear and as he did that he acquired a new perspective that put fear in its place.

That is absolutely essential. This is critical to the Christian life and when you do that, even when you are alone in the midst of your trials and weakness, even when there is no earthly help available to protect you.

You can come to this point.

Beloved, you can come to this point of confidence. You can come to this kind of declaration of faith that David makes at the end of verse four. He has said in God. I have put my trust. I know this this infinite, invisible, immutable God. I know this independent God who is who is powerful over his creation. Who is faithful to his people, who is loving who is true, who is kind who is gracious and merciful to me and all of my sins and weaknesses. I know who that God is, and that God is my shepherd, that God is my heavenly father that God has made himself known that God belongs to me by covenant promise and wind that has started to fill your mind. Then you can look back at the situation and asked the question the David asks that the universe for what can mere man do to me it's a rhetorical question God, watch this if God is who he is and he is and if he is my God and he is then what can man do to me it's a rhetorical question and the answer is nothing man cannot do anything of consequence to me because they are weak and my God is strong and my God covers me, my God protects me. My God filters everything that happens to me through his wise, omnipotent, loving hand and therefore if that's true, and it is and what's the ultimate consequence that could ever come to me at the hands of men who oppose me there week there breath is in their nostrils. They will perish, and therefore fear does not have to dominate me now. From that perspective. And you can kinda see waves coming in and out in David soul as he writes these things, he has that perspective. And yet he's realistic about what is facing. Look at verses five and six. He says all day long. They distort my words all their thoughts are against me for evil they attack they lurk.

They watch my steps as they have waited to take my life. Notice how personal it is. Notice the notice. The personal anguish that David feels as he is. He describes these things he says in verse five. Look at it with me again.

It's my words that they distort their thoughts are against me.

Verse six they watch my steps.

They waited to take my life and so this is a threat that he feels most personally most intimately and he says everything that I do and everything that I say is subject to distortion and it is subject to attack there. There is no sympathy to be found in man here and they are not restrained by any sense of decency or righteousness, though distort what I say without any compunction to constrain them and so he makes his prayer in verse seven says because of wickedness cast them forth in anger, put down the peoples.

Oh God, what David is describing here is this the same God. This is I'm I'm experiencing more than just personal opposition here. This is wicked what they are doing it is wicked when people distort our words. It is wicked when they say false things about us is wicked when they undermine us without reason is wicked when they undermine the work of God with the things that they say and do and God does not take that lightly. God is not indifferent to to the attacks on his people. God is not indifferent to sin. He's holy. He hates said Psalm seven says he's angry with sinners every day and so David knowing that to be true about God appeals to his justice and asks him to intervene. He appeals to the Lord's holiness as the basis upon which God should intervene to help him. It's far more than just a simple matter of a of a personal realm, simply on a human level. One man opposed to another what David is describing here is men animated by sin and wickedness attacking the chosen servant of God and it's brick it is not a neutral matter.

David feels the weight of that and he says God according to your holiness. This should not stand God based on your faithfulness to me and your hatred of wickedness. You are thoroughly entitled and it is time for you to act in blood lets you know look some people shy away from these kinds of prayers and songs and I think that's a very serious mistake.

Because if God is opposed to evil, and he is and if evil is manifested and worked out through the sinful actions of human beings. What happens when God steps up against evil human beings are going to fall. That's just a natural consequence of the way things are in the righteous realm of God. And so when David says because of wickedness because of their sin. Lord Acton cast them down is making a perfectly righteous prayers. He does against virgin says this. He says the good man is no fool.

He sees that he has enemies and that they are many and crafty. He sees also his own danger and then he shows his wisdom by spreading the whole case before the Lord and putting himself under divine protection." David is simply saying, Lord, here I am in this place of danger, I am putting myself under your protection.

I am drawing upon what you are a covenant keeping faithful God to your people. I avail myself of that God. II flee to you for protection independence ICQ may restate that because I could come out wrong in dependence, not independence. Independence. Oh God I ICQ you see the reality of trust in the reality of faith is this. It doesn't make us self-sufficient.

One of the aspects of true faith is, is that it makes us conscious of our need and we go dependently to the Lord does not turn us into self-confident braggarts makes us those that are humbled enough to willingly go before the Lord and say Lord I need your help. Your I'm at the end of my rope. I have no other resource I humbly appeal to you, Lord.

I'm weak and I'm heavy laden not come to you for rest and so the spirit of the song is a direct contradiction of the self-sufficient spirit of our age and the godly man is not recognized by his boastful demeanor is recognized by his humble dependence on his God, and the condition that produces that in man may make us the object of worldly and earthly ridicule that something is precious in the sight of God and so the holiness of God. The righteousness of God.

When were under attack is our refuge in times of fear. When we are being wrong and it is a proper appeal to God to appeal to his holiness to help us in the midst of the unrighteous assaults we sometimes find ourselves under just part of walking with God.

Notice David not taking his own revenge, but appealing to God for help and beloved. Here's what happens. You know it's all so much of it's just a question of perspective is in it. Just a question of what of the glasses through which were viewing the circumstances. This appeal to God is that which changes our focus from the provocations of men against us to the protection of God for us. So that's David's prayer for deliverance there in the first seven verses.

Let's look at the second section of the Psalm here. David's praise for deliverance.

David's praise for deliverance and now he leaves the problems behind and rests in a special way. Rest in an exclusive way in his God. Now his having having laid forth his request for deliverance before God. Now he is consumed with the glory of who his God is in the sense of confidence begins to permeate his his being any again, beloved, you cannot know God well enough you can never know him well enough, but knowing him as the foundation of your trust. If you've never seriously studied the attributes of God. If you've never seriously considered the character of God, your your spiritual life is going to be weak. It's going to beast unstable, you're going to be tossed to and fro by circumstance. David here in the second section shows a deep knowledge of God and he uses wonderfully picturesque images to express his trust. Look at verse eight. In speaking to God. He says you have taken account of my wanderings put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book is appealing to the omniscience of God here as he speaks and he says God your knowledge, omniscience means something it means this means that you are mindful of the sorrows that I'm going through your mindful you know you see the heartache you know the circumstances, you know that the inner workings of my heart.

You know the reasons that make me cry you know the things that reduce me to weeping and you're not indifferent to it. Oh God, you tenderly care for me you care about what I'm going through is a function of your love and is a function of your omniscience.

You know all about me and in love you so carefully mark my steps you so carefully mark my course in life that when I am in so you market so carefully that speaking metaphorically.

You take my tears and you place the liquid in a bottle for future reference.

God knows beloved your circumstances. God knows your pain. God knows the hardship and the discouragement and what the song teaches you to take the hardest. This is it your sorrows matter to him is not an indifferent umpire, indifferent referee, getting ready to throw a flag on your lack of faith God cares this matters to him. He sees it he cares about it and this is repeated and emphasized in the New Testament as well.

Many of you probably memorize the passage from first Peter chapter 5 that says this humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you at the proper time casting all your anxiety on him. Why, because he cares for you see, this is just warm your heart. This should encourage your heart, it should draw you to God in prayer. It should draw you to God in trust to recognize that he is like that that this is how God is toward his people. He is good he is loving and he is caring he is not in different we he is not the God of D is to say that God created the world. Set into motion and then stepped away because he didn't care what happens. That's not the biblical God at all. The God we serve the God that you know in Christ is a God who knows your circumstances, who's working them out for good. And who cares for you in the midst of them, and you can rest in a God like that, even in the midst of desperation even in the midst of not knowing what's going to come next. Even in the midst of knowing that there someone else just waiting to to to count your steps to mark your steps and looking for an opportunity to trip you as you walk. As David describes here even in that all the more you can go to this God and be confident of his care of his mercy of his grace, and in that beloved find rest for your weary soul find that which can dry your tears find that which can restore joy where sorrow and fear of predominate. What a wonderful God, what a gracious God, how wonderful is this and then you know were were looking at this from David's perspective, but we've got the benefit don't we have a subsequent 3000 years, we have the benefit of subsequent Revelation, we have the benefit of looking at this through the prism of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, we see that he not only cared for us in our fears. He cared for us and our sins he cared for us in our darkness and our rebellion, and he willingly and gladly went to the cross, why, why, how can you explain Christ as with the God of deism. How could you explain Christ with a God who is indifferent to us. How could you explain Christ as a God who doesn't care, no, no mingled in the blood, sweat, and the dirt in the stars of the beatings mingled in the midst of the spittle on his face. We find shining through the loving care of our God for us that that Christ would take that perfect righteous precious life of infinite value and offered up as a sacrifice for sin on our behalf and what David knew from a distance. We know in intimacy in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ and we say there is a God who cares for me.

There is a God who loves me there is a God who laid down his life for me in greater love has no man than this, that he would lay down his life for one of his friends. Jesus said you are my friends if you do what I command you. In Christ we have a friend in Christ we have a Savior in Christ we have a God in Christ we have a brother in heaven who represents us before God and names us as his own names you as his own health. You know if if things are settled in heaven, and if if things are.

If things are all righteous and reconciled in heaven before God then you come back to the question David asked what can man do to me what can you do to me. Give me give me your best shot.

My God will never leave me, my God is for me. My God is with me. I will not be afraid. Beloved, those are the things that give you ground grounds to pray and trust him and watch this beloved.

It gives you the right sense of expectation to know what the outcome of your troubles are going to be gives you right sense of expectation to know what is going to be the outcome of those who oppose you.

David expresses that in verse nine he says because God is who he is because God cares for me because God numbers my tears and keeps track seven and it matters to him.

Here's what's going to happen. In verse nine, my enemies will turn back in the day when I call this I know that God is for me. David says look when I'm thinking about this right when my focus is on my God I know what the outcome of this is yeah I get I get swept off and I get brought under the current by the earthly circumstances and the earthly opposition, but when I get my head above water and take a breath of spiritual air.

I know what the outcome is my enemies cannot succeed against me because God is for me and they cannot overthrow the purpose of God. God has purposed good for you if you're Christian, God has purposed a wondrous outcome to your life God intends to bless you because that's who God is, to his people with God is like that then that means that God is for you. And if God is a God of mind, a God of omnipotent power in a God of unending faithfulness to his people. How can it come out any other way that ultimately your enemies will fall back. Ultimately your enemies, assaults against you cannot succeed because God the character of God guarantees the outcome not the hostility of men, not the power of men, whether they have political power, whether they have relational power over you or whatever it may be beloved. They're all just instruments in the hand of God to be that which would ultimately draw you closer to the God that you love these were going to work at all and work through all of that for good and so David can say I know what will happen to my enemies are going to turn back because God is for me and do you see beloved the calm confidence that returning to God's word has brought him to the sense of serenity. The sense of certainty that says this man may threaten me now, but my God who loves me is going to have the final word, and so David comes back to the refrain of the Psalm. The chorus of the song that we saw in verses four and five, verse four, I should say look at verse 10 in God, whose word I praise in the Lord. He changes the name of God, and appeals to the covenant keeping name of Yahweh to the promise keeping God the God of his people, the God of promise, the God whose loyal love never fails in that world whose word I praise in his.

I put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me.

Notice the repetition of it even notice that this process of trusting God like this is not a one-off experience and you walk through this in your mind and then you never have to come back to it. David comes back to it in the same song.

Yeah, we have to know we have to fight this battle again and again because our enemies don't just go away do that the problems don't just disappear and so as as gravity would seem to pull us back into the fear we will reassert this again and again and again and and the Lord trains us through letting us go through the sorrow so that we would exercise our spiritual muscles is a war in order to develop the strength that would become a mature mantis mature woman who stands against these things in confidence and so if you say, but I was just going through this yesterday and now here I am discouraged again. Okay well do it again. God hasn't changed.

Go back to the same principles and draw the strength because this is always where the strength comes I've use this example in the past. I don't know if I've used it from this pulpit. Maybe I'll remember going forward. If you've ever chased a stray dog out of your yard go out to get out of here. Chase and throw a rock at him, or whatever it may can lead you don't want that dog on your property. For me it's Canadian geese these days that I'm chasing off that's a different story. I can change the metaphor now and use it with Canadian geese.

Whatever you chase a dog off next day. A few hours later. Whatever he comes back with you. Do all the dogs back and now I've lost you just go back out you chase them off again here I told you so you can get out of here dog off. Well it's the same way in dealing with your fears and in in your struggles, and spiritual life.

Yeah okay so you you have a have a moment of victory you have a have a sense and you go through this and you say okay my thoughts right now, you're back into the fear again. Well, just go back and do it again use the same principles go back to the same unchanging character of God, and let it be your strength for that day as well.

Don't make this too complicated. You just repeat and repeat and repeat until your soul gets the idea David here is resting on the promise of God's eternal word scripture alone is that which is true, and in during verse 12 he says your vows are binding upon me. Oh God, I will render thank offerings to you for you have delivered my soul from death. Indeed, my feet from stumbling so that I may walk before God in the land of the living. David's whole spirit here is if God is for me. What can man do to me over Romans chapter 8.

This is a New Testament method of argumentation. Romans chapter 8 beginning in verse 28 and we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to become conformed to the image of his son so that he would be the firstborn among many brethren and these whom he predestined he also called and these whom he called he also justified in these whom he justified he also glorified.

What then shall we say to these things. If God is for us, who is against us. He who did not spare his own son, but delivered him over for us all, how will he not also with him freely give us all things. If God has done the greater thing in giving Christ to you. If God is done, the greater thing and forgiving your sins in Christ and reconciling you while you were a rebel to himself, then, don't you think having done the greater thing he will do the lesser thing that is necessary to secure your best interest over the course of your lifetime. The logic is inescapable. God is who he is, God has done what he is done and therefore you are to interpret all of life in response to those very true in the severity of the opposition or the severity and extremity of circumstances can never overturn that if God is for us. If God is for you who can be against you, that is the way that we are to think and so beloved, whenever men overwhelm you go back to God's word and what you'll find is this. When you go back to Scripture properly. The Bible will remind you of God's eternal love in Christ, it will remind you of his commitment to sustain you until you see him face-to-face your enemies and your problems cannot cannot cannot triple negative, they cannot alter the purpose or the love of God for you that cannot happen.

It is not within the power of man or circumstance to overturn the purposes of good that God is established for you before the beginning of time and therefore you trust him. Therefore when earthly circumstances press you push them away. You get yourself some spaces at work and you look up you remember your God you trust him in the midst of your fears and you say, with David with the New Testament.

What can man do to me.

Let's pray together. Dear father, we trust you for the reality that you will carry us through this life that you will be with us in the one day we will be with you forever in the land of the living.

In the meantime certainly goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives.

Father, we thank you that you have helped us in the past, you are helping us now.

We thank you that you will help us in the future.

We thank you for that eternal love by which Christ came to earth to redeem us father our destiny is secure. No man can overturn it.

You've delivered us decisively for all of time and for all of eternity from that great position of strength of God. We move beyond fear today and renew our trust in you father I ask you to comfort and to strengthen the hearts of all that are here all the will. He'll hear these words and future times that you would meet them. Lord, with a powerful work of your spirit to illuminate these truths to see the power of the and the undeniable reality of your love and goodness to your people.

That is the ground of our eternal security.

Lord, you would never abandon us. You're not like that you will always be faithful to us. So tonight, Lord, even if we came in with fear. We go out and trust though man may have intruded upon our hearts and minds. Father, we cast and fling it away to let the reality of our Christ shape the way that the thing, and in light of the eternal love, and the eternal redemptive work of our Christ probably find her confidence find a trust and we express our gratitude for full hearts close in the name of Christ. Well, my friend. Thank you for joining us on through the songs you know if you're enjoying this podcast I think you would love to join our church on our lifestream on Sunday mornings at 9 AM Eastern or 7 PM Tuesday evening. Also, Eastern time. You can find out lifestream again our lifestream link is We hope to see you there God?

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