But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me? (Psalm 56:3, 4)
“When I am afraid” not if I am afraid. David doesn’t conceal his emotions; he confesses them and proceeds to realign his course to trust in God. Attempts to cloak fear is not the answer, David reveals the better course. When fear is sensed, acknowledge it, and turn to the source to alleviate and dismiss it. And, that source is Jehovah God!
For the believer, time in God’s Word and prayer builds and reaffirms trust, sending fear to flight. What can mere humans do to us in the realm of eternity? The apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:8 told the church when we are not in our physical bodies, we are present with the Lord, so even in death the enemy loses. We win! “Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’” (1 Corinthians 15:55, 56)
In this life temporary discouragements are certain to be experienced, but for the child of God victory is the final word written in our story.
The Psalmist prayed to you Lord and you freed him from all his fears. I too ask when fear invades my heart you will deliver me as I trust in you. Amen.
“…rescue us from the evil one.”