Psalm 56: I Shall Not Be Afraid

(13 verses, 1:05 to read)


What I am about to READ

Psalm 56 is a prayer for deliverance from the abuse of sinners.  Deliverance comes from God alone who knows all sorrows and will deliver according to His will.


Vs. 4 “What can flesh do to me” is echoed in Matt:10:28 by Jesus “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

All suffering is noted by God. The famous phrase “put my tears in a bottle” (vs. 8) comes from this prayer.  God is the one who sees and tossings and tears of His children, therefore no suffering goes unnoticed.

Faith which justifies is that which trusts in God.  Vs. 11 “in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?” God alone delivers man from his troubles.  Man cannot separate other men from God.


Even in the midst of so many trials and persecutions, God is still in charge.  This we take on faith because we do not see the end of God’s purposes.  Psalm 56 is a prayer from one in the thralls of death and opposition but has been delivered to the glory of God.  We trust God precisely because we cannot see all ends, even the ones that we THINK we see.  God will vindicate his children ultimately when He comes again on the last day to judge the living and the dead.  This makes us bold to face every day as baptized children of God.


Pr. Brandon Ross

Faith Ev. Lutheran Church

Johnstown, Colorado


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