Sunday, May 7, 2023

Sunday Praise & Worship Message - Faith Over Fear: David's Declaration of Trust

I am excited to write to you today about a topic that affects us all: fear. Have you ever found yourself paralyzed by fear, unable to take action or move forward? Fear is a natural and common emotion, but it can also be a powerful force that holds us back from reaching our full potential. In Psalm 56:1-4 NLT, we see David, who faced many trials and dangers in his life, declare his trust in God and overcome his fear. David's words remind us that we don't have to be ruled by fear, but can choose to have faith over fear. Today, we'll dive into this inspiring psalm and explore how we can follow David's example by declaring our trust in God and living in faith, even in the face of fear. So, let's start our journey towards faith over fear, and see how God's word can transform our lives by starting with a little background on the psalm and the man who wrote it.

The author of Psalm 56 is David, the renowned king of Israel, and a man after God's own heart. David wrote many psalms throughout his life, expressing his deepest emotions and experiences.

Psalm 56 is categorized as a lament psalm, which means that it is a prayer or cry for help in a time of distress. According to the title of the psalm, it was written when David was seized by the Philistines in Gath. David had fled to Gath, seeking refuge from King Saul who was pursuing him. However, the Philistines recognized David as the slayer of Goliath, and they seized him. In this context, David was facing great danger and uncertainty, and his fear was a natural response to the situation.

Despite the difficult circumstances, David declares his trust in God and His protection. He expresses his confidence in God's help and acknowledges that God is the one who is ultimately in control. David's declaration of faith over fear encourages us to do the same and to trust in God's sovereignty and care, even in the midst of our own fears, uncertainties and doubts or, what I like to call it, the “FUD” factor. Let’s do a little deeper study on fear.

Fear is a natural human emotion that can be caused by several factors such as danger, uncertainty, and insecurity. In the Bible, the word "fear" is often used to describe the reverence and awe that we have for God.

Fear can be a healthy emotion that keeps us safe and helps us to make wise decisions. However, when fear becomes overwhelming and consumes us, it can hinder our faith and hold us back from experiencing God's best for us.

In Psalm 56:1-4, David acknowledges his fear and distress but also expresses his trust in God. The phrase "fear of the Lord" appears throughout the Bible, and it refers to the reverential awe and respect that we have for God. The fear of the Lord is not about being afraid of God but rather acknowledging His sovereignty and greatness. By placing his trust in God's protection, David demonstrates his faith in God and his understanding of the importance of the fear of the Lord. As we face our own fears, we too can trust in the fear of the Lord and find the strength and courage to overcome them.

In Psalm 56:3-4, David declares his trust in God, saying, "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?" David recognizes that his trust in God is the key to overcoming his fear and finding peace in the midst of his trials. 

David also acknowledges that it is God who helps him in his time of need. In verse 4, he says that he praises God's word, showing that he knows and trusts in God's promises. David knows that God is the only one who can truly help him in his distress, and he places his confidence in God's faithfulness.

David's declaration of trust in Psalm 56 reminds us of the importance of placing our confidence in God, especially in times of fear and uncertainty. By trusting in God's promises and character, we can find the courage and strength to overcome our fears and face our trials with faith. When we put our faith in God, we can rest assured that He is with us, and He will never leave us nor forsake us. As we follow David's example and place our trust in God, we can experience the peace that surpasses all understanding, and we can live in faith over fear.

Fear is a natural and powerful emotion that we all experience at some point in our lives. In 2 Timothy 1:7, Paul reminds us that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. This means that fear does not come from God, but rather from the world and our own thoughts and emotions. However, we don't have to let fear control us or dictate our actions.

When we allow fear to control, it will control us completely. That fear spreads, like a contagion, throughout our entire life. Jesus tells us, in Matthew 6:25-34, not to worry about our lives, because our Heavenly Father knows what we need and will provide for us. He reminds us that worry cannot add a single hour to our lives, and encourages us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. This means putting our faith in God and trusting that He will provide for our needs. When we have faith in God, we can overcome fear and worry, and find peace in the midst of our struggles.

In Psalm 56, David admits that he is afraid, but he doesn't let fear control him. Instead, he chooses to put his trust in God, saying, "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." (Psalm 56:3) David's example encourages us to do the same, and to trust in God even when we are afraid. As we put our faith in God, we can overcome fear and find the strength and courage to face our challenges with confidence.

Today, we have been reminded of the powerful message of Psalm 56:1-4 and the importance of choosing faith over fear. As we face the challenges and uncertainties of life, may we always remember that God is with us and that we can trust in Him. Let us look to Jesus as our example, and find the courage and strength to face our fears with faith, knowing that He has overcome the world. As we stand firm in His grace, may we choose faith over fear, and find peace in the midst of our struggles. 

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

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