“Be merciful to me, O God, for men hotly pursue me; all day long they press their attack. My slanderers pursue me all day long; many are attacking me in their pride. When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” Psalm 56:1-4
In this Psalm, David is crying out to God for mercy because he is being pursued by his enemies. He says, in verse 3, “When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” I always thought being afraid meant that I didn’t trust God. But, David says, “When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” Maybe, they don’t have to be at opposite ends of the trust scale. I don’t have to be super-human or have no feelings. God knows that I am a man and I do have times of fear and times of courage. Acknowledging that I am afraid in a situation doesn’t have to mean that I don’t trust God. But, once I make the choice to trust God in this situation then fear doesn’t consume me any longer. In fact, once I recognize my fear I always turn to God. That is exactly what David did. “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid.” In God I trust; I choose not to fear anymore.
Fear is a normal part of being human. We all have things that we fear. But, as Christians, we have a God who is greater than anything out there. Once I make the decision to trust God I don’t have to be afraid anymore because I know God is faithful and will protect me. I trust God to do what is best for me. I trust him to be in charge of my life.
Do you turn to God when you are afraid? Do you trust God? Why don’t you share your thoughts about trusting God with us in a comment.