What Can Man Do to Me?


“This I know, that God is for me. In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 56:9-11)

What unspeakable confidence David had in the presence, the power, and the promises of God!

Enemies are arrayed against him at every turn:

    “man tramples me” (v. 1)

    “all day long an attacker oppresses me” (v. 1b)

    “my enemies trample me all day long” (v. 2)

    “many attack me proudly” (v. 2b)

    “all day long they injure my cause” (v. 5)

    “all their thoughts are against me for evil” (v. 5b)

    “they stir up strife (v. 6)

    “they lurk” (v. 6)

    “they watch my steps” (v. 6b)

    “they have waited for my life” (v. 6b)

David was clearly in trouble, and he was afraid (v. 3). But, in the midst of his fear, he put his trust in the LORD.

How did David “know” that God was for him? Where did this unshakable confidence come from?

His confidence came from the promises of God in His Word:

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” (v. 3-4).

God has spoken promises in His word that are enough to silence the accusations of ten thousand tongues – even ten thousand times ten thousand tongues! What he has promised, he will fulfill.

Though every man on earth and every demon in hell stands against us, let this unshakable confidence be ours in Christ:

“This I know, that God is for me” (v. 9).

What more assurance do we need? What else matters in this life? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Rom. 8:31).

Take heart, my soul, and fears take flight: God works in you to please His sight.

He will protect and preserve your faith. He will honor his promises toward you and fulfill his purposes for you (Psalm 57:2). His glory and your good are inextricably bound together for all eternity.

When God is for you, you need not fear what man can do.

I'm a husband, father of four, healthcare IT recruiter, pastor and writer. I live in the greater Nashville, TN area where I serve as an elder with Redeeming Grace Church (www.rgcnashville.com).