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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Though I am afraid…


I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
Psalms 34:4 (KJV)


In life, it is easy to be afraid. Fear is, according to dictionary.com,
a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined;  

When we experience fear, Christians often seek the guidance of 2 Timothy, where we are reminded that
We experience fear, 

but never alone, 
and our fear has never 
been the end of the story. 
… God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV) 

In  Making a choice to rejoice…, I acknowledged that we have power.
I write often about making choices. If you accept the notion of free will, we always have it within us to choose (yes, God knows the choices we will make, but He allows us to make them).
We experience fear, but never alone, and our fear has never been the end of the story. David had sufficient reason to be afraid when he wrote Psalms 34. 
Did you know (I didn’t) that Psalms 34 is the precise definition of “Praise Him, Anyhow? Here’s the story…David had a price on his head when he departed Israel.  King Saul, pursuing him as he fled, intended to kill David. David ran straight to a Philistine city (you can imagine how that would work out), and schemed his way into the protection of the Gath King, Abimelech, not because Abimelech loved David, but because David pretended to be crazy. It’s bad luck to kill crazy people, so the King spared his life.   
What I find comforting about this Psalm, at least lately, is not that it dismisses my fear, but that it is not only acknowledged as big and well, scary, but moreover that it is something from while I will be delivered. God will get me through it.  Though I am afraid, that is not the end of my story. I seek Him in my fear, and we overcome it together.

The 23rd Psalms says we need not fear evil, because we do not face it alone. He is with us, comforting, leading, guiding. And though I am afraid, I can praise Him through my fear. Because fear is not where I will land; fear is only the path I travel between where I am and where I will go.

Though I am afraid, I can choose to rejoice. Though I am afraid, yet will I praise Him. Despite my very humanity, that I am flawed and frail and ever so beautifully human, I am able still able to say that God is good.
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