Psalm 56
Tue, 28 December 2021

When I Am Afraid, I Put My Trust in God


When the Psalmist is afraid, how does he put his trust in God?

Deeper Reflection
DAVID PROBABLY WROTE this psalm in the context of the Philistines seizing him when he fled to Gath from King Saul (see 1 Sam 21:10). The key discipleship principle for us is found in verse 3: “When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.” David puts His trust in God by: (1) Holding fast to God’s Word (vv.4, 10); and (2) Resting fully in God’s faithfulness (v.9b). First, God’s Word is trustworthy. His promises are true. Therefore, God’s Word is praiseworthy! Let us hold fast to God’s Word, thereby putting our trust in Him whenever we feel afraid. Second, God is faithful to His people. He is on our side. Since God is for us, we need not fear man (vv.4b, 11). Others can do their worst to us, but God will defend and vindicate us. Whenever we are afraid, let us put our trust in God by resting fully in God’s faithfulness. But you may say, “Does God know and understand what I am going through?” The Psalmist’s answer to you is expressed vividly in verse 8: “You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?” The fact is, God counts the number of times we toss in bed due to our unsettled feelings of fear and insecurity. He collects our tears of pain, loneliness, anger and sadness. God keeps a personal record of all these things, because He cares for us and pays close attention to us. Our Heavenly Father redeems our broken past, restores our inner joy and reassures us of our glorious destiny.

What are two or three key insights that I have gained for my discipleship journey?

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Daily Devo
Daily Devotional Journal
Daniel 5:17, 25-31; 6:1-2
Mon, 5 June 2023

Serving from Babylon to Persia


What is the significance of Daniel serving in the Babylonian and Persian
courts successively?

Deeper Reflection
God’s word to Belshazzar that He would “put an end” to his kingdom and give it “over to the Medes and Persians” was fulfilled immediately – “that same night” (v.30) – after Daniel’s interpretation of the inscription on the wall (vv.25-31). God can fulfil His Word immediately or after a long time. Whatever time God may take to fulfil His Word, He is “trustworthy in all His promises and faithful in all He does” (Psa 145:13b, NIV).The demise of the Babylonian hegemony was not just a historical event, but primarily a theological one. Nebuchadnezzar was “My servant” whom God raised to judge His unfaithful people in the seventy-year Babylonian exile (Jer 25:8-9, 11). When God had accomplished His purpose through Babylon, “I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation” (Jer 25:12). This is how God deals with arrogant and evil nations: “And Babylon, the beauty of kingdoms, the glory of the Chaldeans’ pride, will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah” (Isa 13:19).The end of Babylon does not mean an insecure future for Daniel. However drastically our circumstances may change, God’s call for our lives remains when we walk with Him faithfully. We are secure in God’s call, because it is God’s call. Daniel became one of “the three commissioners” in Persia (Dan 6:1-2). It wasn’t that having lost his job Daniel applied to serve the Persian king. Daniel couldn’t do that. It was purely by royal appointment. But behind the “It seemed good to Darius to appoint” (Dan 6:1) was God’s call for Daniel to serve Him from Babylon to Persia.

How do I relate God’s call for me in drastic changes of my life situations?

Lord, I believe You have a calling for my life which You have intended to be distinctive for me. I want to live my life with a deep sense of answering Your calling. Help me to walk with You faithfully, knowing that as I do so, You will unfold Your plans for me in that calling. Grant me wisdom and understanding to discern Your calling for my life.
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