“My enemies trample on me all day long, for many attack me proudly ... All day long they injure my cause; all their thoughts are against me for evil. They stir up strife, they lurk; they watch my steps, as they have waited for my life.” Psalm 56:2-6 ESV
David knew what it was like to be popular. As the young man who slayed Goliath, he became the hero of Israel. As a warrior, he captured the imagination of men and women throughout the country by leading their forces to victories. It seemed that he could do no wrong, and that he would continue to be Israel’s hero.
But not everyone was pleased. King Saul became jealous and even sought to take David’s life. As a result of his successes in battle, David became hated by peoples in the surrounding countries. Then, late in life, he watched as his sons battled for the right to succeed him as king, with resulting conflicts.
Through his words in Psalm 56, we see the depth of his feelings as he battled these issues. He felt trampled by his enemies. He had been attacked, not just physically but mentally and emotionally. He felt that others sought to injure him and constantly plotted against him. Others stirred up strife that weighed him down. They continually watched his every move, lurking to see if he made mistakes.
For David, these were difficult times. But, when he felt afraid, he learned to turn his focus to the Lord: “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” With His faith in God, David could say, “What can flesh do to me?”
He trusted in God and praised Him, knowing that He would take away His fear. And he knew that His Word was true, and that He was completely trustworthy.
There are many ways you can feel attacked and criticized. But, in every situation you face, learn to trust in the Lord.
PrayerFather, be gracious to me, for other people are trampling on me. I am feeling attacked. But I trust in You. In Jesus’ name. Amen. Pray that God would use Inspiration Ministries to reach more souls in the United Kingdom.
Extended ReadingPsalm 56