You don’t have to be a regular churchgoer to know that the most popular psalm written by David is Psalm 23, The Lord is my shepherd. . . It’s not surprising that many people can recite all six consoling verses by heart. It’s commonly read in memorial services, and other venues where God’s comfort is needed. However, because of the psalm’s familiarity, sometimes we hear it audibly; not paying much attention to its profound promises.
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me.
The Holy Spirit brought verse 4 to my attention when I was worrying about a dreadful possibility that I didn’t want to face. Of course, the devil was having a field day shooting and stuffing my head with his illegal suggestions. But in the midst of his obnoxious attack, God conveyed: If you knew how much I love you, you would fear no evil. My love is the key that will destroy fears’ intimidating strongholds.
Fear flourishes in the absence of love.
God then reminded me when I was a little girl, I didn’t fear anyone or anything when my father was with me; he was my bodyguard. What harm could come with him holding my hand? If I had that much confidence in a mortal man, it would be absurd, if not down-right disrespectful, to act as if my heavenly Father couldn’t protect me even more. (Romans 8:31) After I thought for a minute, I asked God:
Why do so many Christians live in fear?
The revelation I received: People are overwhelmed in fear when they don’t understand how much I love them.
How scary can evil be in the presence of God?
The more we can accept God’s love, and know who we are in Christ, the less authority evil has over our lives. Whatever frightful encounter we might find ourselves involved in, we should keep our eyes on God and receive His peace; not the scary circumstances.
The good news is: God is our Defender, and we are never out of our His sight. No demons can slip by unnoticed. Our responsibility, however, is to dwell in His presence. (Psalm 91)
We should not fear the enemy’s evils; he should fear his own wickedness. Hmmm!
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (Psalm 23)
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