Unexpected Changes of Life
On January 14th 1856 David Livingstone wrote in his journal that the savages that had surrounded his camp in warlike hostility had driven him to so much fear, he was preparing to flee under the cover of darkness and give up his quest for the lost souls of Dark Africa.
Then he says that he remembered Christ's words that “Lo I am with you always” and took the promises in Psalm 56, “when I am afraid I will trust in you”. He went on to be one of the greatest missionary of all times. We like David and the saints of the ages need to rest in God’s promises.
David suffers intense loneliness as he moves to a new location not by choice, and under duress. In First Samuel 21:11as he fled from Saul to the Philistine city of Gath, David wrote Psalms 56, 34 and 70—how to overcome the feelings of loneliness when we are in a foreign situation.
Now what are the details of Psalm 56?
David was all alone.No army (they start joining him according to I Samuel 22 after Gath), no family, no friends, nothing.
David was desperate.What type of fear would make someone run away from home and into the hometown of the very person you killed in public, before thousands of witnesses. That’s right, this is Gath the hometown of the best known fighter of the Philistine nation—Goliath. For David to walk into town with his picture on a thousand most wanted posters means that he was in complete desperation.
David was afraid. He had made a mistake. He just left Nob all alone as we saw last time (I Samuel 21.9) with the sword of Goliath. There was no sword like it.
How can we apply this passage?
1. Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.
2. v. 4a In God I will praise His word,
3. v. 4b In God I have put my trust;
4. v. 4c I will not fear. What can flesh do to me? 5 All day they twist my words; All their thoughts are against me for evil. 6 They gather together, They hide, they mark my steps, When they lie in wait for my life. 7 Shall they escape by iniquity? In anger cast down the peoples, O God! 8 You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book?
5. v. 9 When I cry out to You, Then my enemies will turn back; This I know, because God is for me.
6. v. 10a In God I will praise His word,
7. v. 10b In the Lord I will praise His word,
8. v. 11a In God I have put my trust;
9. v. 11b I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
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