Fear, anxiety, and worry are powerful emotions that can lead to mistakes, poor judgment and a failure to act when I should have acted. Fear can cause me to retreat. Anxiety can rob me of joy. Worry can undermine my energy levels. Fear can cloud my vision of the future. Anxiety can make me difficult to live with. Worry can turn me into a perpetual ditherer. Fear erodes my confidence. Anxiety can bring on a cardiac arrest. Worry can isolate me from my friends.
King David knew how powerful negative fear could be in his life. It could hinder him from doing exploits for the Lord. It could turn him into a coward and cause his enemies to get the best of him. Fear could paralyze him and make him extremely weak and vulnerable. Would it be right to say David feared fear?
In Psalm 64:1 he prayed:
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation; Preserve my life from fear (dread) of the enemy. Psalm 64:1
David was afraid of fear itself. Fearing fear. He was conscious of the debilitating effects of fear and he cried out to the Lord to be preserved from fear. If he kept thinking about all the nasty things his enemies were saying about him in secret places; if he imagined what schemes they were concocting in their wicked huddles; if he tried to imagine what they were thinking about doing to him – well, he just knew if he let his mind go there, he would become so paranoid he’d behave like a coward.
So, David did the right thing. He cried out to God to preserve him from fear. He knew the dark shadows of fear could be bigger than the object itself. He looked to the Lord to be delivered from such negative thoughts.
Of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
When we sense that we are becoming fearful – we need to turn to the Lord. Get our eyes off ourselves and on to the Lord. Fear is nothing less than faltering and faulty faith. One of the major strategies of an enemy is to instill fear. Loud noises. Threats. Scary words. Flexing of the muscles. The enemy knows if he can keep me cowering in fear, biting my finger-nails and huddled in the fetal position in a dark corner – well, when fear has reduced me to a bundle of nerves, then the enemy has the upper hand.
…casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you. 1Peter 5:7
We are linked eternally with the Victorious One. No need to be a pale-faced, knee-knocking, fainting, fretting and worrying believer. Ephesians 6:16 assures us that it is possible for us to quench every one of the fiery darts of the wicked. If you afraid of being afraid that’s good. You will take positive action. Be fully equipped and prepared according to Ephesians 6:10-18. Understand what the Psalmist said:
Through God we will do valiantly… Psalm 60:12
Walk carefully and closely with the Lord today.
Warmly in Christ
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