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Psalm 56

Psalm 56

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Sermon: Fear
Bible Passage: Psalm 56

I. Tactics of the enemy:

1. Attack (verse 1)
2. Oppress (verse 1)
3. Fight (verse 2)
4. Stir up strife (verse 5)
5. Plot harm (verse 5)
6. Stalk and lurk (verse 6)—Watch every movements
7. Look for opportunities to snuff out life (verse 7)

II. State of the psalmist: fear (verse 3)

1. Of man
2. For life

III. Consequence of fear (verse 3, cf. 1 Sam 23:12)

IV. The psalmist handles his fear with two spiritual tools

1. Prayer

a. The psalmist becomes vulnerable before God
b. He appeals to the divine mercy over merit

2. Trust in God and His Word

a. The psalmist trusts in God’s promises of salvation (verse 8)
b. That assures divine “nearness”—”fear not” (verse 9)
c.  “Trust in God” raised the psalmist above fear of man (What can mere men do to me? Verse 4, 11)

V. Fear turned to confidence

1. My enemies will turn back when I cry out to you for help; I know that God is on my side (verse 9)
2. Thankfulness even before the psalmist was fully (verse 12)
3. Decision to serve God (verse 13)

VI. Jesus encourages His stranded disciples not to be afraid (Mark 6:53)

1. We are not in control of what is happening around us
2. But we can take control of our reactions and responses
3. Fear of man, life, and future can paralyses us
4.The psalmist teaches us that we can get victory over our fear with prayer and trust in God
5. We need not control how God answers our prayer because it belongs to Him
6. But we need to know that He is Sovereign
7. Ultimately God is to be glorified in and through our situation

Take Away:

Trust in God and His promises

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at wjsubash@crossroadbangalore.org