NO FEAR LIVING

True confession time: I struggle with anxiety as a leader, so every so often I have to go back and read my journal to remind myself of the following truth.

 

NO FEAR LIVING

  • Psalm 27:1-3 (NLT)1 The LORD is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? 2  When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. 3  Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.

The Lord is my light, strength and salvation:  in other words He overcomes the darkness that threatens us, He gives me strength to stand and with Him victory is assured.  So if He is my light, strength and I am assured that He will overcome then the situations and circumstances around me should not cause me to be fearful.  I can look at the circumstances from heaven’s perspective and know that God’s plans will succeed.

David is able to make this public declaration because of his private practice of seeking to spend time with God in fellowship.  It is the understanding of abiding in Christ.  “He who dwells in the secret place of the most High will abide in the shadow of the almighty.”  If you abide in me and my words abide in you.  We must take time to be with God.  In David’s time when a visitor entered his host’s tent the host was personally responsible for his protection and provision.  So David is saying that he is placing himself willingly in God’s tent so that God will be personally responsible for his safety and protection.

And while he is in the tent of the Lord what is he doing?  Abiding.  But abiding is not a passive thing.  It is not just sitting there mindlessly staring into space.  While in the tent of the Lord we fellowship with Him.  We talk to Him and listen as He talks to us.  

  • Psalm 27:4 (TLB)4  The one thing I want from God, the thing I seek most of all, is the privilege of meditating in his Temple, living in his presence every day of my life, delighting in his incomparable perfections and glory.

As we abide we behold the beauty of the Lord.  God’s beauty is not just how he looks but it is the understanding of the richness of his goodness and favor to His people.  We need to meditate on God’s goodness and favor towards us.  Daily.  As we meditate on his mercy and grace as well as His Word it will strengthen us so that we can face each day.  We see life from heaven’s perspective and live with a sense of hope and joy, being able to worship God with confidence.