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Psalm 56: I will praise His word.

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One phrase David repeats in this psalm is: In God, I will praise His word. The meaning is that through the strength of God within us, we will commit to praising God no matter how overwhelmed we feel. God's word -- The Bible-- has precious powerful promises. As verse 12 declares, "Thy Vows are upon me." God has made many vows, some of which He swore on His own name. Can a God who has vowed to help us ever fail us? The Bible declares that God's promises are "yes" because of all Christ has done. Whenever humans are oppressed, their mouths reveal their hearts. As it is written, "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." The answer to despairing speech is to fill one's heart with the promises and vows God has placed in His word about our plight.

1{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.

2Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.

3What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

4In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

5Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.

6They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.

7Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.

8Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

9When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.

10In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word.

11In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

12Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.

13For 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?

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