Fear sneaks into our heart without permission. It paints a picture of helplessness and hopelessness. It steals our peace and our concentration. What are we fearful about? Perhaps we are concerned about the safety of our family or the health of a loved one. We panic at the loss of a job or a broken relationship. Fear turns our focus inward and reveals a heart that sometimes finds it hard to trust.

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When these fears and worries strike, how good it is to read David's prayer in Psalm 34; I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears" (Psalms 34:4).

When we look to him, when we focus on Him, our fears fade; we trust Him to be in control. Then David goes on to outline a different type of fear-not a fear that paralyzes, but a deep respect and awe of the One who surrounds us and delivers us. We can take refuge in Him because He is good.


This awe of His goodness helps place our fears into perspective. When we remember who God is and how much He loves us, we can relax into His peace. Those who fear him lack nothing concludes David. How wonderful to discover that in the fear of the Lord we can be delivered from our fears. Ask God to free you from your fears.


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