In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
Psalm 56:4 NIV
This was probably written on the same occasion as Psalm 34, when David fled from Saul to Philistine territory. He had to pretend insanity before Achish when some servants grew suspicious of him (1 Samuel 21:10-15).
David stated, “What can mere mortals do to me?” How much harm can people do to us? They can inflict pain, suffering, and death. But nobody can rob us of our souls or our future beyond this life. How much harm can we do to ourselves? The worst thing we can do is to reject God and lose our eternal future. Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul” (Matthew 10:28). Instead, we should fear God, who controls this life and the next. (Tyndal Study Bible)
Wow, what powerful words these are. They cannot touch your soul.
It reminds me of that Children’s rhyme – “Sticks and stones will break my bones. But words will never harm me.” Listen to the explanation of this. “Sticks and Stones” is an English language children’s rhyme. It persuades the child victim of name-calling to ignore the taunt, to refrain from physical retaliation, and to remain calm and good-natured. (Wikeapidia)
The thing that stands out to me is the last couple of words in the explanation, “remain calm and good-natured.” The principal here is most probably very similar as the scripture above. David faced different challenges every day. He certainly was not exposed to the pressure of corporate and working life. What did he do? “In God, I trust and am not afraid.” The fixes in both our challenges, corporate life and survival in the jungle, David’s and Ours, is trust and faith in God. There is no debate about this.
What I do catch myself from doing is I forget about God. The pressures of the day happen, and we forget about our real intention in the morning. All those worthy aspirations are out the window. It occurs in a blink of the eye.
So my question is, have we a plan to overcome the forgotten Lord. What will make us never forget to rely on God? I want to leave you with these words. “Calm, good- natured, trust and not afraid.” Do and apply these words daily and God will be proud of you and me. And that is all the recognition we need.
“Lord, I pray for these words above. May the Holy Spirit guide me. Amen.”