The Berean Expositor
Volume 53 - Page 211 of 215
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We commence with "what time I am afraid", we end with "I will not be afraid".
There is also a direct effect upon the cause of David's fear, as well as upon David
"When I cry, then shall mine enemies turn back" (9).
The very cry for help becomes a weapon of defence. Trust begets trust, even as fear
begets fear. David's confidence grows stronger as prayer leads him to the Most High (2).
He looks at what God has done in the past, and makes an Ebenezer of it, a starting point
for future deliverances:
"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?" (13).
The "soul" is greater than the "feet", and `death' is more than `falling'. He Who
delivered from death and translated into life will surely continually deliver from falling
that we may walk in the light.
Psalm 56: should be read through, noting the progress of thought. David's opponents
are spoken of as `man' and `flesh'. David's deliverer is called "God", "The Most High",
"The Lord". There are many things that occur around us that send the chill of fear into
our hearts, but let us take courage and say with the Psalmist:
"What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee."