Psalm 56 encapsulates the struggle between human vulnerability and divine assurance, revealing how trust in God can quell the torrents of fear and insecurity. Besieged by enemies and confronted by peril, the psalmist keeps an unwavering faith in God's sovereignty. This psalm showcases the practice of turning despair into prayer and doubt into declarations of trust. The repetitive motif "What can man do unto me?" serves as a strong affirmation of God’s protective nature. In the face of trials, the psalmist not only keeps an account of his sorrows but also of God’s promises. Psalm 56 stands as a compelling testament to the power of faith when confronting life's challenges, affirming that God is the ultimate repository for human fears and anxieties.

Psalms 56

1  (To the chief Musician upon Jonathelemrechokim, Michtam of David, when the Philistines took him in Gath.) Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.

2  Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.

3  What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

🔑 Devotion

4  In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

5  Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.

6  They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.

7  Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.

8  Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

9  When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.

10  In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word.

11  In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

12  Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.

13  For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

End of Psalms 56

1 Year Plan:  May 14 - 2 Sa 17, 2 Sa 18,  Ps 55, Ps 56 [next day]

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