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When I Am Afraid     Psa. 56:1-13      Oct. 18, 2009


       I remember as a child being afraid to walk up the stairs in our home after dark? That demonstrated my youth and insecurity. Suppose I did that today? They would look for some deep psychological problems. As a Christian of many years should I be afraid to go witnessing door to door? I can just hear someone say, “well it is not my gift.” I have good news, being a witness is not a gift but a natural flow of faith. Jesus said, “and you will be My witnesses, (Ac 1:8). David speaks to us about facing many kinds of fear. Some of us never will face these kinds of fear. Some have already face these and many more. So I must depend upon His Spirit When I Am Afraid!


1.   When I Am Afraid I . . Trust In The Lord. 56:1-7

       A.   Trust The Lord For His . . Protection. 56:1-3

1 Be gracious to me, God, for man tramples me; he fights and oppresses me all day long.2 My

       adversaries trample me all day, for many arrogantly fight against me. 3 When I am afraid, I will trust in You.


       B.   Trust The Lord For His . . Promises. 56:4-5

4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me? 5 They twist my

       words all day long; all their thoughts are against me for evil.


       C.   Trust The Lord For His . . Predestined Actions. 56:7-8

6 They stir up strife, they lurk; they watch my steps while they wait to take my life. 7 Will they escape in spite of such sin? God, bring down the nations in wrath.

       In the Bible we are given instruction about 7 things we are not to fear. However we are told 40 times to fear the Lord. If you go to an unabridged dictionary you will find one of the definitions listed for fear as reverence. We need a reverential awe of our Lord and in this awe we can trust the Lord’s protection. His

promises also give us a basis for trust. The Hebrew word, “baw-takh,” here translated, “I will trust," is used often by David it is a favorite word of his. It occurs 46 times in the Psalms and about half of the usages are attributed to David. As we look through the Bible and God’s protection we may make the statement some of God’s protection and promises are predestined for the child of God.


2.   When I Am Afraid I . . Turn My Tears Over To The Lord. 56:8-9

       A.   Through His . . Wanderings David Turned His Tears Over To Him. 56:8

8 You Yourself have recorded my wanderings. Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your



       B.   Through His . . Walk With The Lord David Turned His Tears Over To Him. 56:9

9 Then my enemies will retreat on the day when I call. This I know: God is for me.

       Ancient people believed their was a special value to their tears. They saved they for special occasions and even placed them in the tombs of the one who just died. David lists several things to share his confidence in the Lord because He numbers my wanderings, puts his tears in His bottle, enemies turn back when he prays, and he is not afraid of man. Through David’s wanderings he learned how the Lord protects and His children can walk with Him in Confidence.


3.   When I Am Afraid I . . Thank The Lord For His Deliverance. 56:10-13

       A.   Trust The Lord For His Deliverance From The . . Observation Of His Praise. 56:10-11

10 In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise,11 in God I trust; I will not fear.

       What can man do to me?


       B.   Trust The Lord For His Deliverance From . . Obligation. 56:12-13

12 I am obligated by vows to You, God; I will make my thank offerings to You. 13 For You

       delivered me from death, even my feet from stumbling, to walk before God in the light of life. HCSB


       David’s praise centered in God and the activities he saw God do. His praise also centered in what the Word of the Lord told him. Because of what David saw he sensed an obligation to thank the Lord for his deliverance.

David made vows unto the feeling God acts delivered him from stumbling, and even death. He learned to walk with God and enjoyed a multitude of benefits as the Lord watched over him in many ways. David teaches me to trust in the Lord, When I Am Afraid! Can you say the same? Amen? Amen!

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