Fear and CONFIDENCE
When you are
feeling low, it is oftentimes good to turn to the Psalms. They are filled
with many wonderful thoughts, suggestions, encouragements, and cautions.
Let's look at the 27th and see how it speaks to us. Fit it into the situations
you are facing, and into your life:
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? When evildoers assail me, uttering slanders against me, my adversaries and foes, they stumble and fall.
The 27th Psalm speaks of enemies. Those are not necessarily people from without; they can be enemies that we have within. Here are two words that resonate in all of us. One is fear, and the other is confidence. We find both of these in the third verse. "Though a host encamp against me, my heart shall not fear, though war arise against me, yet I will be confident."
Some people have a great deal of fear of speaking in public. We can be afraid of saying something ill-advised or not well spoken, or it may be something we are trying to say about ourselves, that gives us a sense of hesitancy and fear.
I recall the Wednesday night testimony service from my time as a student in a Christian school. When I would get up to say something about my experience or relationship with the Lord, my heart would pound. It would seem like it would leap out of my chest. It was a kind of fear. That was a long time ago. Now I speak many, many times and there is not that fear anymore. There is a victory born of experience. There is now confidence where there was once hesitancy. I thank God for that. He gives us the strength and tools that we need for the work we do.
In David's case, "although a host encamp against me, my heart shall not fear. Though war arise against me, yet I will be confident." I think of the dreadful warfare and barbaric violence going on at this very moment in the former Yugoslavia. These are frightening times. There would naturally be fear by virtue of the very instincts God has placed in us, but it is possible, by the gift that God has for you and me, to "lift up (our) head." There can be a trust in the Lord that helps us to be strong even in the presence of those who would imperil us.
The Lord is the One Who brings us confidence. "The Lord is the stronghold of my life. Of whom shall I be afraid?" Victory is guaranteed to those who will put their trust in the Lord.
Read this Psalm prayerfully and carefully, and you will find it a source of strength in putting your reliance upon the Lord. "I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage. Yea, wait for the Lord."
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