Facing Life's Greatest Challenges (Psalm 56:1-13)
Part of the All In - Back Against The Wall series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Psalm 56 (Listen)
To the choirmaster: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. A Miktam of David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.
56:1 Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me;
all day long an attacker oppresses me;
2 my enemies trample on me all day long,
for many attack me proudly.
3 When I am afraid,
I put my trust in you.
4 In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can flesh do to me?
5 All day long they injure my cause;
all their thoughts are against me for evil.
6 They stir up strife, they lurk;
they watch my steps,
as they have waited for my life.
7 For their crime will they escape?
In wrath cast down the peoples, O God!
8 You have kept count of my tossings;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book?
9 Then my enemies will turn back
in the day when I call.
This I know, that God is for me.
10 In God, whose word I praise,
in the LORD, whose word I praise,
11 in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
12 I must perform my vows to you, O God;
I will render thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered my soul from death,
yes, my feet from falling,
that I may walk before God
in the light of life.
All In - Back Against The Wall
Facing Life's Greatest Challenges
How do you handle life's greatest challenges?
What did David face:
"When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You." vs.3
"You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my
Tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?" vs.8
"In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What
Can man do to me?" vs.11
*ONLY ONE ANSWER CAN LEAD TO PEACE IN THE MIDST OF
Background: Psalm 34:1-2, 5-7
I. When I am Afraid—vs.3-4
A. Place trust in the answer not the question
B. Rely on His Word to conquer fear
II. When He takes account—vs.8-10
A. Recognize He sees and remembers all
B. The deepest challenges should lead us to worship
III. When we trust Him—vs.11-13
A. Our commitments should move us to gratitude
B. He keeps us from stumbling and secures our feet
What are you facing?