What To Do When You’re Afraid (Psalm 56)

“WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU’RE AFRAID (Psalm 56)”

INTRO: What are you afraid of? What do you do when you’re afraid?

I. ACKNOWLEDGE FEAR (Psalm 56:3a).

  1. Most people fear something.
  2. David was afraid at times. “Whenever I am afraid, …” (Ps. 56:3a)
  3. Most Bible heroes faced fear at one time or another.

II. DECIDE TO DEAL WITH FEAR IN A BIBLICAL MANNER.

  1. Don’t accept fear as something you will tolerate.
  2. SCRIPTURES ABOUT FEAR:
    1. Do not fear or be afraid (Jn. 14:27; Rev. 2:10; Prov. 3:23-26). “… do not be afraid.” (Matt. 14:27; 17:6-7; 28:10; Mark 5:36; John 6:20)
    2. Fear isn’t from God (2Tim. 1:7).
    3. Fear is a choice (Heb. 13:5b-6).
    4. Love repels fear (1John 4:18).
  3. To effectively deal with fear, we will need to understand and apply biblical principles.

III. DEALING WITH FEAR LIKE DAVID (Psalm 56).

  1. Call on God’s mercy (Psalm 56:1 (see also vv. 2, 5-6).
  2. When afraid, choose to trust in God (Ps. 56:3-4, 10-11).
    1. Verbally declare your choice not to fear!
  3. Be encouraged by the fact that God knows what you’re going through (Ps. 56:8; 2 Kings 20:5; Psalm 1265; 30:5)!
  4. Cry out to God, knowing He is for you (Psalm 56:9; Rom. 8:31; Isa. 54:17)!
  5. Be faithful to your commitments to God (Ps .56:12; Gen. 28:20-22; Deut. 23:21-23; Prov. 20:25; Acts 18:18; 21:23). Is there something God wants you to do to sow into your deliverance?

CONCLUSION: When you’re afraid, trust in God (Ps. 56:3)!

For You have delivered my soul from death. Have You not kept my feet from falling, That I may walk before God In the light of the living?” (Psalm 56:13)