“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.” (Psalm 56:3-4).
In times of fear the natural man has two possible reactions, fight or flight. The spirit man, the man filled with the Holy Ghost will lean on the Lord and trust in God. Fortunately fear and trust can coexist and one acts as a catalyst towards the other.
“We are often in a twilight, where light and darkness are both present, and it is hard to tell which predominates. It is a blessed fear which drives us to trust. Unregenerate fear drives from God, gracious fear drives to him” (Charles Spurgeon).
Fear drives the child of God to trust in the Father. In fact, fear can awaken and rejuvenate that trust. When things are going well and times are easy we sometimes forget our trust in the Lord and the need for it. We forget about the confidence and security we have in God. Calm seas causes the captain to loosen his grip on the wheel. We need storms to remind us what to firmly grab ahold of and what to trust to get us through.
To trust in God means we trust His word for, “the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth” (Psalm 33:4). God’s word is praised because it is right, it is truth. It is “my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me” (Psalm 119:50).
To trust in God is to trust and praise His word; his word in scripture and His word in His Son, Jesus Christ.
“While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being” (Psalm 145:2).
While I have any being, no matter what state of being I am in I will always praise the Lord and I will always trust in the Lord. How then, can I possibly fear man? How could anyone fear what man can do when our trust is seated in God?
Fear motivates us to grasp firmly what we know to be true. God and His word are our safe haven. “In God I have put my trust”.
What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee