Psalms 55:4-5 NKJV My heart is severely pained within me, And the terrors of death have fallen upon me. (5) Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, And horror has overwhelmed me.
David has been fleeing from his son, Absalom, who has conspired and is now leading a rebellion against him. Troops that once fought at David’s command now seek to kill him. He is facing more than just a foreign enemy and attack against Israel. David is being attacked on two fronts: physical threat from an opposing force and an emotional attack knowing that threat one of his children.
Being a man who had encountered more than his fair share of battles and wars, ordinarily David probably would have quickly regrouped, strategized, then grabbed a sword and with an army of loyalists charged back against the enemy that was encroaching on the land God had promised to Israel. This attack was vastly different and offered confusion. Yes, it was an attack on a promise and word from God regarding David’s kingship but it was not an outside enemy, which David knew how to stand against.
He knew how to wage warfare against outside enemies. Even as a teenager he knew this. In 1 Samuel 17, when Goliath and the Philistines came out against Israel it tells us the Philistines encroached and camped on land that belonged to Judah (1 Samuel 17:1). Right there they were defying God. David knew the battle wasn’t about people but about the promise of God to His people (1 Samuel 17:36, 45). He called them on it making sure they knew they weren’t messing with the armies of a natural nation, but with people authorized and empowered by God to protect the land HE had given them.
In the situation David found himself in, he didn’t know how to respond. The personal nature of the attack left him even more susceptible to the fear that ensued. David feared death.
There are a lot of things we can look at here but I’m only going to mention a couple. First, you don’t have to fear death anymore. David said he was terrified and overwhelmed by fear of death. Thankfully we don’t have to fear death. Hebrews 2:14-15 tells us that Jesus destroyed him that had the power of death and freed us from the bondage of the fear of death.
Hebrews 2:14-15 NKJV Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, (15) and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Secondly, I want you to see what David did. When David found himself in a situation where he didn’t know how to respond, he called on the name of the Lord. He consulted with God. Psalm 55:16-17 tell us He sought God and confident that God would hear him. God always hears you when you pray. Don’t you ever forget that.
Then he cast his cares upon the Lord (Psalm 55:22). Some people just think that is a New Testament promise (1 Peter 5:7) but David said it too. David took the burden of the situation, both his emotional hurt by the betrayal of his son and the FEARS that caused him to tremble, and gave them to the Lord. He trusted the Lord with his fears and God sustained and delivered him. Trust in the Lord. Consult with Him about your fears and give them over to Him. Let Him carry them because He gave His life to free you from fear. Cast your fears on the Lord and FEAR NOT!