Psalm 56

Psalm 56

Have you pretended to be crazy to save your life?

Most people would say no to this question. However, David had to pretend that he was insane to save his life. He was persecuted by Saul and fled to the Philistines. The Philistines, however, was suspicious of David’s motive. When he was young David killed Goliath, a Philistine from Gath.  Now Philistines, especially those from Gath tried to kill David. David had to pretend that he was insane and incapable of doing any harm to Philistines to deceive the king Achish. The king Achish let David live either out of compassion or arrogance. The subtitle of this psalm explained this situation: To the leader: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. Of David. A Miktam, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.

It is God who saves our lives!

“Be gracious to me, O God, for people trample on me; all day long foes oppress me; my enemies trample on me all day long, for many fight against me. O Most High, when I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I am not afraid; what can flesh do to me? All day long they seek to injure my cause; all their thoughts are against me for evil. They stir up strife, they lurk, they watch my steps. As they hoped to have my life, so repay them for their crime; in wrath cast down the peoples, O God! You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your record?

In God we trust!

“Then my enemies will retreat in the day when I call. This I know, that God is for me. In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I am not afraid. What can a mere mortal do to me? My vows to you I must perform, O God; I will render thank offerings to you. For you have delivered my soul from death, and my feet from falling, so that I may walk before God in the light of life.”

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