When I Am Afraid
Psalm 56:3-4 "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?"
There is such a beautiful progression to this passage. But let me share the background. David is the writer and he has been captured in Gath. Do you think that he has "just cause" to be fearful? You bet...and for a moment he was. But look at what he did. He reminded himself that when he is afraid, it is a result of him putting his trust in himself and his circumstances instead of putting his trust in God. So what is there remedy? The remedy is to put your trust back in God. Notice the change...
- Renewal and Refocus: In & On God
- How do I know about God: "Whose word I praise, Whose word I trust" You cannot know God without Knowing His word
- Same situation...different attitude...statement of fact: I shall not be afraid
- Perspective Shift: What can flesh do to me...
David could have easily entertained the slippery slope of focussing on his problem and not THEE solution, but he didn't. He recognized the problem in his head and heart, he reminded himself of what he knew was absolutely true, that brought about a change of perspective which caused the fear to decrease, his faith to increase, and his love of the Lord to grow. Question:
What are you fearful about today? We can really spend a lot of time focussing on the object of our fear instead of focussing on the object of our faith. It may be a custody battle. It may be a bad situation at work. It may be a troubling financial situation. It may be a sickness that you have spent way too much time on WebMD trying to self-diagnose. It could truly be anything. Do you know God and do you know His word? Begin there and be reminded that with God all things are possible and with God there is nothing to truly fear. Be encouraged today!