2007-09-28 - Cares, Worries, Apprehensions
Psalm 56:12 "In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?"
We are to place all our cares and fears into the hands of the Lord. Easier said than done, but nonetheless, this is how we are to think, believe, and live. It is one essential reason that prayer is so vital to sustaining hope in the Christian life. We place all our cares, concerns and apprehensions up to the Lord best, in coming to Him in prayer. When the enemy is strong, stronger must be our prayers. Faith stands upon Jesus Christ, and there is no firmer ground upon which to build our hope and answer all the alarms of life, than by seeking Christ in prayer.
The Psalmist is not afraid, because he has placed everything into the caring, authoritative, and ever-prevailing hands of God. If God is for us, who can be against us? The Lord has promised that He will sustain us. "For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand, who says to you, 'Do not fear, I will help you,'" Isaiah 41:13. We are much more prone to worry than trust, but our Psalmist here gives us the correct example and perspective in all our doubts and uncertainties. He says, "In God I have put my trust." How much smoother would the paths of our lives be if we followed his wise example. "Trust in the Lord with all you heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight," Proverbs 3:5, 6.
One practical manner that this works out, or should work itself out in our lives, is when we have been wronged. If it is really true in our verse, "What can man do to me?" then when we are wronged, we must not seek to retaliate, or set the score straight. We must be able to absorb the ebbs and flows of life, because we have placed our trust in the Lord. We now have the mindset, what can man do to me? It is easy in theory, but in practice, it is much more difficult. John Fox, author of the famous Book of Martyrs, went far in this practice.
If someone did an injury to Mr. Fox in life, Fox would seek to do him a kindness in return. It became so well-known that this was the tenor of Mr. Fox's lifestyle, that the proverb became known that if you would have Mr. Fox do you a kindness, first do him an injury. So in a manner, we can say that Fox did retaliate wrongs done to him. He retaliated by kindness. Try putting that into practice. He surely must have placed his trust in God, to have such a mindset. When God has become our comfort, and ground of all our trust, we cannot be aggrieved when others treat us cruelly. Our trust is in the Lord, and He sees all.
Soli Deo Gloria,