Don King’s, June 3, Devotional
Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me? Psalm 56:3-4 NKJV
Interesting dichotomy; “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” And, “In God I have put my trust, I will not fear”. The fact is we do fear and we should trust. Fear is an ugly, visceral emotion. Trust is something we evoke or call forth. So, we must stir up our trust in Him and this verse tells us how: “I will praise His Word.” Today, “stir up the gift that is in you.” (2 Tim 1:6)
Most of the time when we are afraid, we have actual reasons to be afraid. In verse two the Psalmist says “…many are attacking me in their pride”. We may not have men literally attacking us as David did, but the bills are coming due, work is behind schedule, the doctor gave a bad report…. lot’s of reasons to be afraid. That is when we need a firm foundation of the Word in our lives. That is when we need God.
So David says that when he is afraid, he will trust in God. Then, parenthetically, “I will praise His Word” and then he repeats that in God he has put his trust. The point is that when we are afraid, we may not be able to organize our thoughts into a positive, hopeful manner. In that case you need God’s Word to read and help you to evoke your trust in Him. Better yet, begin to memorize positive, hopeful scriptures so that they are “in you”.