From Pastor Jeff: I have been enjoying reading the Psalms in our Bible reading schedule. The Psalms reveal real people with real struggles who trust in a real God. There is no covering up despair and disappointment. There is no mindless hoping for something that will never be a reality.
This is particularly true in David’s psalms. In Psalm 56 David has fled to Gath, trying to escape from Saul. He must have been very desperate because Gath was the home of Goliath, the home town hero that David killed. Now David has been taken prisoner. You can read about this in 1 Samuel 21.
In the psalm, we read familiar words – “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.” Twice David writes, “In God I trust; I will not be afraid.” His circumstances scream out “crisis” and “trouble.” His enemies are all around and death is a real possibility.
But in v. 9 we read this, “This I know that God is for me.” This is the foundation for his confidence to trust the Lord and not be afraid. But how can David be so sure? Part of that confidence is the Lord’s promise. The Lord had given David the promise that he would reign over Israel. David trusted the promises of the Lord. Secondly, the Lord had shown David over and over again that he was for David through his care and deliverances. No matter the circumstances David could confidently say, “God is for me.”
We have even more reason to have the same confidence. Paul alludes to Psalm 56:9 when he writes in Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” The answer is no one will ever be victorious over us because God is for us. And the reason we know this for sure is seen in Christ. God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us. What surer sign could there be of God’s commitment for our good?
There are days we feel like we are living in Gath! Days when our family seems against us. Days when the troubles of life seem to overwhelm us. Days when we feel like we are drowning in the sorrows of life. All of us face such days. Don’t let yourself become so overwhelmed that you lose sight of reality. The reality is if you are a believer, God is for you. He has not forgotten you. He will not forsake you. He will rule and overrule circumstances in your life for your good. He is for you!
From Pastor Tae: If you are meeting in group, you can pause now to discuss real despairs and disappointments in your life. What are you fears? Share how you can trust in God in the midst of your challenges. Confirm the great truth of Romans 8:31. And give thanks that God is with you and for you and has not forgotten you.