After David killed Goliath, all Israel, including Saul, loved him. When David became known for his military successes, the women sang, “Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” Saul, out of jealousy, eventually became David’s enemy. At one point, David fled to Gath. When he was recognized by one of Saul’s shepherds, David acted like a madman in order to keep from being harmed. It is said that this is the only record of David ever being afraid of man. Many feel it was during this time that David wrote the 56th psalm.
David asked for God’s mercy because his enemies wanted to “swallow him up.” David’s enemies wanted his life just as a wild animal seeks after the blood of its prey. Yet David said, “When I am afraid I will trust in God.” David did not fear what man would do to him because he knew God was on his side.
David ended the 56th psalm by expressing his thanks to God. Although David had not yet been delivered from his enemy, he used the past tense form of the verb (thou hast delivered.) David spoke as if it had already been done. David’s faith caused him to know his prayer would be answered.
Today I, like David, will put my trust in God.