Facing Life's Greatest Challenges (Psalm 56:1-13)

Gearl Spicer Gearl Spicer, May 29, 2022
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;
  my enemies trample on me all day long,
    for many attack me proudly.
  When I am afraid,
    I put my trust in you.
  In God, whose word I praise,
    in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
    What can flesh do to me?
  All day long they injure my cause;
    all their thoughts are against me for evil.
  They stir up strife, they lurk;
    they watch my steps,
    as they have waited for my life.
  For their crime will they escape?
    In wrath cast down the peoples, O God!
  You have kept count of my tossings;
    put my tears in your bottle.
    Are they not in your book?
  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.


Sermon Notes

All In - Back Against The Wall
Facing Life's Greatest Challenges
Psalm 56

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


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?

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