Facing Fear

Fear comes from many different sources. It can come from a person or a place. Sometimes it erupts when everything seems calm and serene. Often it seems to grip us when we know we are in the center of God’s will doing God’s work and trusting that we are doing it in His way. All of us have those moments of being jolted by uncertainty and our sense of security shattered. 

Our fears are no different from David’s. Psalm 6 begins with a statement that suggests that he is trying to deflect God’s wrath. “Oh Lord,” he cries, “Do not rebuke me in your anger!” Does this suggest that he is afraid of being punished for some sin he has committed? Or might he fear God’s judgment for something he did in the past while he was separated from God? Could he be afraid to ask for healing as he was going through a time of sickness? 

He admits to “being weak,” his “bones being troubled” and his soul being “greatly troubled.” He really needed help – like we do - from time to time. But notice what he did: he did not focus on his pain and problems, he focused on the mercy of God! 

“Have mercy on me!” he cried desperately! He needed God’s help! And in his fear and distress – whether it was his sickness or sin from his past that still haunted him – he had full confidence in God’s mercy and knew that He would hear him, help him, and heal him. 

When we are overwhelmed by the issues of life or death, only our faith in God’s mercy and power can restore within us a sense of God’s presence and peace and restore our trust.  

Prayer: Increase our faith, Father, and assure us that You will protect us in every situation. Calm our hearts, quiet our minds, and restore our peace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Scripture For Today:  Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled. Psalm 6:2 

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