I often try to quiet fear by pretending it doesn’t exist. Clever… I know. But alas, it does exist and that’s not always a bad thing. To the contrary, it can actually keep us safe in the proper context. When my house was struck by lightning and lit with fire, fear sounded an emotional alarm, insisting that I escape – and fast. In this instance, fear was good. It kept me safe.
In many instances, however, fear is not good.
I’ve found that while it’s natural to be afraid at times – human, even – it’s best to not allow feelings of fear to consume and control large spaces of real estate in my heart. In Psalm 56, David handles the intersection of his fear and faith nicely.
In Psalm 56, captured by the Philistines in Gath, and in Psalm 57, hiding in a cave to escape the pursuit of Saul, David sifted through honest feelings of vulnerability and desperation. I imagine his reality was one of shaky hands, pulse raging wild, and brows soaked in sweat. Yet fear was silenced as he made the powerful decision to redirect his emotions toward a more productive, more faith-filled response when David chose to trust God.
By choosing to trust God in the hiding and in the chains, David’s fear shifted to faith.
When we choose to trust God in the midst of trials, our fear shifts to faith.
Faith shuts the mouth of fear.
“When I am afraid, I will trust you” (Psalm 56:3 CSB).
“You yourself have recorded my wanderings. Put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? Then my enemies will retreat on the day when I call. This I know: God is for me” (Psalm 56:8-9 CSB).
These weren’t just flippant statements or memorized verses. These were sturdy declarations. Deliberate choices made by a deeply determined worshiper. The kind of choices that change and calm a frantic heart. The kind of choices that speak peace to anxiousness. The kind of choices we can make when we’re afraid. The kind of choice we can make when fear screams loud within.
Bring it on. Fear is a liar.
We can choose faith, knowing God is for us.
Will you choose faith today?
Dear Lord, Sometimes the anxiousness and fear in my heart can overwhelm me. But You promise to be faithful at all times and are deliberate to catch every tear in a bottle. This is true no matter what has me hiding or running. Please lead my heart to Your freedom, grace, strength and peace today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
FOR YOUR REFLECTION and RESPONSE
How would you fill in the blanks of this statement today? “When I am afraid or anxious, Lord I will ____________________.”
Write that in your journal. Write 3 or 4 different variations of it! Make a powerful decision today to redirect your emotions toward more productive, faith-filled responses. Let’s pray together today. Meet us in the comments section to share your heart and pray for one another.