“I sought the Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm34:4
I read this verse recently and it was very encouraging to me.
I can be afraid of a lot of things. I can be afraid of failure. I can be afraid of the future. I can be afraid of what people might think of me. We all have things that we’re afraid of.
I’m really grateful for the Psalms. David had a lot to be afraid of. Not only did some people not like him, those people wanted to kill him too. He was on the run. He was often alone. He couldn’t see his future path clearly. Each day had to be lived as it came to him.
So when David writes the Psalms, I know that this is coming from someone who understands fears and struggles in a real way.
“I sought the Lord and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” I think the key thing here is that David knew where to go with his fears.
I want to be like that.
“When I am afraid,
I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3
These verses take the pressure off of a me centered attitude about my fears and puts the focus on someone who cares about me more than I’ll ever know.
I know this week’s post is pretty simple but I was grateful for the reminder.
“Give me all of you!!! I don’t want so much of your time, so much of your talents and money, and so much of your work. I want YOU!!! ALL OF YOU!! I have not come to torment or frustrate the natural man or woman, but to KILL IT! No half measures will do. I don’t want to only prune a branch here and a branch there; rather I want the whole tree out! Hand it over to me, the whole outfit, all of your desires, all of your wants and wishes and dreams. Turn them ALL over to me, give yourself to me and I will make of you a new self—in my image. Give me yourself and in exchange I will give you Myself. My will, shall become your will. My heart, shall become your heart.” C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity