This I know (Psalm 56)

In a time when the Philistines had seized David in Gath, David’s words ring with faith.

This I know: God is for me. (9)

Do we have this confidence?

When things are falling apart around us, and everyone seems against us, can we say, “This I know: God is for me”?

So many times, God seems far away and it seems he doesn’t care. But David says,

You yourself have recorded my wanderings.
Put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book? (8)

More, David knew God’s promises to him, that he would be king someday. He knew that God always keeps his word. And so he sang,

In God, whose word I praise,
in the LORD, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I will not be afraid.
What can mere humans do to me? (10-11)

But for us, God’s word is not something that is merely on a page, or something we have heard.

God’s Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

He rescued us from eternal death, and now we walk before God in the light of life. (13)

So let us remember and praise the Living Word. For as Paul said,

If God is for us, who is against us? He did not even spare his own Son but offered him up for us all. How will he not also with him grant us everything? (Romans 8:31-32)

And let us sing with David,

This I know: God is for me. (9)

About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください:
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