Wow! If you are saved and you need some encouragement, read Psalm 56! There are many things, and many people that pull hard on our hearts to give them out attention today. Advertisements that promise a longer life and a better bank account are everywhere. The reality is that THE source of encouragement for the believer today is found in God and His relationship with us. Today, as I read this chapter, I was impressed with the phrase, “In God” that appears throughout this chapter. There are three that hold great meaning to us.
The first time that the phrase appears is in verse 4 where David wrote, “In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me” (Psalm 56:4). Our relationship “In God” gives us access to His power. We are not restricted to our strength when we are “In God.” Others who are simple flesh like us, cannot compete with the power and awe of our God. While we can easily be defeated by the devil and our own sin nature, we can be sure that God will never fail.
The second time that phrase appears is in verse 10 where we read, “In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word.” (Psalm 56:10). David reminds us that because we have a relationship with God, we also have access to the truths that are in His Word. Without God, we will not have the Holy Spirit of God to guide us into its truths. We will be restricted to our wisdom in trying to discern these great spiritual truths. We know that the natural man does not receive these truths because they are spiritually discerned.
The third time we see the phrase is in verse 11. “In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me” (Psalm 56:11). Understanding the context of when these words were written is very important. David was facing opposition from King Saul and from the Philistines at the same time. It must have seemed that there was danger at every turn. You may feel this way as well today. Because this may be the situation you are facing today, each of us needs to be sure that we remain, “In God.”
Be sure to know that as a believer, the Holy Spirit of God is always in us. The challenge for us is to remain, “In God.” While He never leaves or forsakes us, we can often drift from Him and His care. We need to do all we can to remain in a right relationship with Him today so that He can give all the protection and guidance we need for the day. Our success depends on it!