When I Am Afraid


“Be merciful to me, my God, for my enemies are in hot pursuit; all day long they press their attack. My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride many are attacking me.” (Psalm 56:1, 2 NIV)

When I am afraid, I do stupid things.

When I am afraid, I tell lies.

When I am afraid, I forget that God has a plan for me.

David found himself in a very strange place when he wrote this psalm: he was captured in the middle of Goliath’s hometown with the sword that David used to behead him with. It was a stupid place to be. He was lying more than he was telling the truth and he had forgotten that God had a plan for him. He had began to make plans on his own.


He was running from Saul (who was trying to kill him).

He as desperate and discouraged.

He felt like he was out of options.

He was afraid.

Maybe he thought that since God’s anointed king was trying to kill him that he might have a better shot with God’s enemies than God’s friends. So he ran right into the middle of a bad situation.

Isn’t that what we do when we are desperate and discouraged? When we feel like we are out of options and being hunted by our past? We begin to make decisions based on fear rather than based on faith.

It was here in Gath that David hit his “fear” bottom. There was no way out and it made him wake up to the fact that he had at some point he had stopped trusting God.

You don’t have to hit bottom to wake up and recognize that you have stopped trusting God, but it does help.

Are you basing your decisions on fear rather than faith?

Are you making stupid decisions and telling lies?

Have you forgotten that God has a plan for you?

What should you do?

Do what David did, ask for mercy and a new normal.

New normal:

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Psalm 56:3, 4 NIV)

Stop living your fears and begin to live your faith.


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