Psalm 56

Trusting God in the Midst of Fear



In Psalm 56, the psalmist expresses their trust in God while facing fear and opposition. As we study this psalm from a New Covenant perspective, we will see how it points to Jesus Christ as the ultimate source of refuge and deliverance. We will explore the themes of trusting God in times of fear, finding confidence in His promises, and offering praise for His faithfulness.

Section 1: Trusting God in Times of Fear (vs 1-4)

"Be merciful to me, my God, for my enemies are in hot pursuit; all day long they press their attack. My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride, many are attacking me. When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?"

Talking Points:

Harmony: Isaiah 41:10 (NIV), "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."


Section 2: Confidence in God's Promises (vs 5-9)

"All day long they twist my words; all their schemes are for my ruin. They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, hoping to take my life. Because of their wickedness do not let them escape; in your anger, God, bring the nations down. Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll— are they not in your record? Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me."

Talking Points:

Harmony: Romans 8:31 (NIV), "What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?"


Section 3: Offering Praise for God's Faithfulness (vs 10-13)

"In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me? I am under vows to you, my God; I will present my thank offerings to you. For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life."

Talking Points:

Harmony: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV), "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."



Psalm 56, interpreted through the perspective of the New Covenant in Christ, portrays the psalmist's trust in God's protection and deliverance amidst fear and opposition, finding its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus. 

The psalmist's declaration that he trusts in God and will not fear points to the faith and confidence we can have in Jesus, who is our Rock and Refuge (1 Corinthians 10:4, Psalm 91:2). 

The psalmist's acknowledgment of human malice and plots against him reflects the opposition and persecution Jesus faced during His earthly life (Matthew 26:3-4, Matthew 27:12-14). 

The psalmist's recognition that God is for him prefigures the assurance we have in Jesus, who is our Advocate and Mediator before the Father (1 Timothy 2:5, Romans 8:31). 

The psalmist's determination to praise God and rely on Him anticipates our response of worship and dependence on Jesus, who is worthy of all praise and the source of our strength (Philippians 4:13, Revelation 5:12). 

The psalmist's trust in God's promises and faithfulness aligns with our confidence in Jesus, who fulfills all the promises of God (2 Corinthians 1:20). 

Ultimately, Psalm 56 leads us to Jesus as our Protector, Advocate, and the object of our praise, inviting us to trust in Him and find courage in the face of adversity and fear.