Psalm 56: Survival

Why might we feel that someone is after us all the time?

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Psalm 56:1–2 To the minister of music, a song of David when the Philistines captured him in Gath.
Show me favor, God, for my enemies are crushing me. All day someone is after me. They are constantly pursuing me. So many are warring against me.
King James
Psalm 56:1–2 <To the chief Musician upon Jonathelemrechokim, Michtam of David, when the Philistines took him in Gath.> Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me. Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.

What should we do to sense the coming victory rather than the present threat?

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Psalm 56:3–4 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. I praise God for his Word, which leads me to trust him and not be afraid.
What can people do to me?
King James
Psalm 56:3–4 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

Why do reporters twist people’s words to say something other than what was intended?

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Psalm 56:5 They keep twisting my words, scheming to bring me down.
King James
Psalm 56:5 Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.

How successful can perpetrators of crimes be, before God steps in?

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Psalm 56:6–7 They secretly conspire against me. Hoping to kill me, they watch every step I take. Will they get away with their wickedness? In your anger, God, destroy them.
King James
Psalm 56:6–7 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul. Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.

How do you think God views our missteps and tears?

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Psalm 56:8 Even my aimless steps are recorded in your book. You see every tear as if kept in a bottle.
King James
Psalm 56:8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

How can we be sure that God is with us?

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Psalm 56:9 When I pray, God, I know my enemies will be turned back, for you are with me.
King James
Psalm 56:9 When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.

What are the greatest promises that we should praise God for?

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Psalm 56:10 I praise the Lord God for his Word and all that he promises.
King James
Psalm 56:10 In God will I praise his word: in the Lord will I praise his word.

How does trusting God alleviate our fears?

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Psalm 56:11 If I put my trust in God, I don’t have to fear what people might do to me.
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Psalm 56:11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

What does God do to keep us from stumbling?

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Psalm 56:12–13 I will keep my commitment to God and give you praise, for he has saved me from death. He kept me from stumbling so I can walk in the light before him.
King James
Psalm 56:12–13 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee. For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?