-Theme: At the times we are afraid, we can trust in the LORD, our deliverer and savior who provides the light of living.
-*Application* Psalm 56:3 is the first verse of Scripture my father taught me as a lad when he began to give me chores and an allowance. What a benefit this verse has been throughout my life during times of fear and anxiety. This simple verse says it all. When we are afraid, our trust must be in the One who can come to our aid and release us from the dominion of this natural world controlled by a terrorizing enemy. As a child we have many natural fears, but trusting in the LORD is the best defense to be taught. He is the God of peace even in the fiercest storm. This I have learned through experience over the years of life. He is my Light of life; I need not walk in the scary darkness. Here is the principle: Fear of the LORD always over the fear of man. It will allow you to live a radical life of faithful obedience and peace.
-Theme: Praise and adulation belongs to the LORD who is to be exalted above all of heaven and earth among all the peoples. He accomplishes all things and saves from the enemy sending forth lovingkindness, truth, and refuge.
-*Application* This is a psalm of perseverance and steadfastness in the praise and song of the heart during times of trouble. How wonderful to remember the greatness of our God to overcome life’s trials and tribulations.
-Theme: A prayer for God’s justice over false gods and the wicked. There will be joy in the LORD’s righteous and faithful judgment. Surely there is reward for the righteous.
-*Application* This is an imprecatory prayer unto the God who is aware of all the injustice and depravity among the sons of men on this earth. It is an indication to us as to how we should approach our attitudes towards sin and the horrors that it causes. Being friends with the world makes you an enemy of God (James 4:4). Hate sin with all your heart. Rejoice to see the vindication of the LORD upon wickedness. For just one application of what this looks like in our modern society see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kft07dZLpks concerning the situation in Uganda.
Verse to Memorize: Psalm 56:3