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In God I Trust?


Psalm 56

“In God We Trust” is in our pledge of allegiance, our national anthem and inscribed on our money. It's easy to say, easy to sing about, and easy to read. But, it's not so easy to live.

It’s hard to trust God when the doctor says you have a 50 percent chance of survival. Or, when your boss calls you in and says you’re laid off. When you come home to find your spouse has moved out, it’s hard to believe that the best is yet to come.

Why is it that when we face opposition and fear, we place our faith in everything and everyone else but God? God seems to be our last resort and not our first response. Turning to friends, family, and experts is not a bad thing, but turning to God is the best thing.

At the beginning of Psalm 56, David is in distress. He writes this psalm while fearing for his life. But, David didn't get stuck in his fear. Psalm 56:3 is key: "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you [God]." David knew fear turns into faith when you place your trust in God. It's not a matter of not having faith, it's a matter of what, or in this case, Who your faith is in.

David kept calm by remembering God was for him (Psalm 56:9), praising God’s goodness, and recalling God’s promises (Psalm 56:3-4, Psalm 56:10-11).

Next time we begin to fear, we can follow David and put our trust in God. We can quit looking at how big our problem is and start looking at how big our God is.

In face of the scary diagnosis, the job loss, or the broken marriage we can remember that God will never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:16). We can remember and praise His goodness, and focus on His promises to take care of us and to work all things for our good and His glory.


  • Is there something in your life that you are having a hard time trusting God with?
  • What promise of God do you need to remember to help you trust Him with it?  
  • What is one step you can take today to remember to look at how big God is, rather than how big your problem is?

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