Psalm 27 starts out saying “1)The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? 2)the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” We quote this scripture. We sing it in songs and praises, but when fear comes, do we allow God’s power in this scripture to really help us? David, the author of this chapter, mentions how when his enemies came after him to eat up his flesh, they “stumbled and fell”. Even when there was an army surrounding him he said, “my heart shall not fear”. His mind was probably telling him that the army will consume him, but his heart was confident in the fact that the Lord is his light and salvation. The Lord is his light because he mentions the Lord will “set me upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me”. The Lord placed David on a solid foundation. Not only was it a solid foundation, but it was a higher foundation than his enemies. Don’t you know when you come to God with your fears, issues; He will place you higher than your situation? God will allow you to see your situation the way He sees it. And God sees EVERY situation smaller than He is because there is nothing greater than God. It is us humans that stress and worry about every little thing. David was confident in God that he will protect him from his enemies and began to praise him with singing by making a joyful noise. What David did that we sometimes fail to do is to SEEK God: going above and beyond your regular prayer. David cried before the Lord, and the Lord had mercy on him. The Lord moved on his behalf. When was the last time we cried before the Lord asking God to have mercy on us? David humbled himself and God exalted him. He knew to turn to God and not to himself for help. He told God, “Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path”. He learned over time by doing things his way and not trusting in God, WILL NOT WORK.
Quick testimony: I had the flu all week. On Thursday night I hyperventilated and my eyes were open but I couldn’t see anything. All I saw was black, nothing. I was feverish, but I didn’t have a temperature. My wife put me in a cold shower but I didn’t feel the cold. I got scared and she took me to the emergency room. Everything was fine. The next day, we realized that the hyperventilation situation was an attack from the devil, and we fell for it. I prayed to God to heal me, but I didn’t FULLY trust in my prayer that he would protect me, so I took matters into my own hand. I feel into the trap of Fear. However, I learned my lesson and now I’m going to conquer fear with FAITH!
What is Fear? Fear is: worry, doubt, lack of faith, stress, anxiety, inadequacy, trouble. Fear is not Fully trusting in God.
Fear makes us: weak, lose focus, procrastinate, makes us lazy and apathetic. Fear doesn’t allow us to see our potential, so we aim for positions lower than what God intended for us. We feed into low self worth and inadequacy.
1. What are your fears??? Write them down and give them to God. Pray every day until you conquer your fears. V.14 David says “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart; wait I say, on the Lord”. David is telling us to wait on the Lord, and what that mean is FULLY TRUSTING in GOD that he will move on our behalf. But, we have to SEEK him. Go deeper in your prayer life. Wake up a little earlier to pray.
2. The opposite of Fear is FAITH! Whatever God has already told you to do in your life, Get off your behind and DO IT. LOL! This is our Year. Faith is the solution to your fear. Put your Trust in the Lord!
Guest Blogger: Glen