Read Psalm 56.
What clues did the psalmist leave us that might help us learn to praise God in the midst of a trial?
Recognize God is still in control.Twenty-three times the psalmist points to God or references Him, in only thirteen verses. This proves he knew God was in control. He continued to call out to God through this psalm.
Recognize you are powerless. Humility is critical to getting help. If you are not humble, you will never ask for help. Look at verses one and two. The Psalmist recognizes his weakness. He knew he was unable to save him self and his enemies were too strong for him. We should be so wise to see our own limitations.
Trust God to work it out. Several times the psalmist uses affirming statements of trusting God. Verses like “I will trust in You”, “In God I have put my trust”, and “This I know because God is for me” demonstrate he knew God’s Word and helped solidify his own faith and trust in God.
Remember the end of the rebellious. “Shall they escape by iniquity?” God’s Word is clear the rebellious will not see the Kingdom of God. There’s a place reserved for the wicked, unless they turn from their evil ways. The psalmist reminds himself though they may say and do many evil things their reward is eternal separation from God. They will not escape.
Remember God’s delivered our soul from death. If the wicked are judged how much more sweet is the deliverance of the righteous? Remembering the Lord has saved you, kept you from falling, and enabled you to live is cause for praise, even in the middle of a trial.
Next time you’re in facing a trial, remember how the psalmist dealt with it. Know God is in control, you are powerless, trust Him to work it out and remember both the end of your enemy and your eternal salvation. Then don’t forget to praise God in the middle of it.
Lord, thank you for your word of encouragement. Help us to turn to you. Teach us to trust you even in the middle of chaos. Empower us with your Spirit. Remind of us our end that we may be confident in your salvation. In Jesus’ name Amen.
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