When my kids have trouble sleeping, we play them scripture songs. Their favorite is actually Psalm 56:3-4. Even now, as I close my eyes I can hear my 2 year old son, Jadon, singing it with his tiny voice breaking almost into a gentle whisper, "When I am afraid I will trust in You, trust in you, trust in you, trust in you/ when I am afraid I will trust in You/ In God whose word I praise..." And on some nights when he’s extra scared, invariably he says to me, “Play that one again, Daddy”. When he asks me this I think: intuitively he’s saying “Please remind me that I don’t have to be afraid, God is with me—play it again Daddy”. What a lesson I have learned from my little son—and from David!
In Psalm 56, David opens by recounting for God the details of his situation—which is dire. Yet, in verses 3-4 he says,
3 When I am afraid,
I put my trust in you.
4 In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can flesh do to me?
He continues on in vs. 5-9 recounting again the details of his situation, this time both with men (vs. 5-7) and with God himself (vs. 8-9). As he recounts God’s promises and dealings with him, the God who “puts my tears in your bottle” and “[has] kept count of my tossing,” David repeats almost the same “reminder” song of vs. 3-4.
Psalm 56:9–11 (ESV)
This I know, that God is for me.
10 In God, whose word I praise,
in the Lord, whose word I praise,
11 in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
What’s the lesson for us? In prayer we should be constantly recounting and reminding. We should be honest with God recounting for Him our struggles and yet, in that honesty, we should also, like David, be reminding ourselves over and over and over again that God’s word is trustworthy and that He is for us. So this week take courage and remind yourself whenever you feel the darkness encroaching “This I know, that God is for me.”