Fighting Fear with Psalm 27

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27Psalm 27:1 forever gives me comfort. It is my go-to verse when I know I am about to face a tough situation. I recite it in my mind when I’m struggling with something. I’m not the only one. I once saw a car with Ps27 as their license plate.

Years ago, before walking into work on a day I knew was going to present some challenges, I paused at the door, took a deep breath, and repeated the verse in my head. You know, that day went very smoothly. Because why should I fear? Why should I be afraid? The Lord is my light and salvation! Amen! Hallelujah!!

Psalm 27 starts to become rather graphic in Verse 2, but is meant to show the level to which God protects us. Military and police should specifically take comfort in the message of Verses 2-5.

2 When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.

3 Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.

4 One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple.

5 For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock.

David wrote the Psalms. David was a king and a warrior. His whole life, he had people trying to kill him, yet he wrote these words because he knew God was his protector. He was not talking about armies camping against him in figurative terms.

Most of us do not have armies camping against us. Most of us are not persecuted for our faith. Yet, many of us consume ourselves with fear. Fear of confrontation with co-workers and relatives. Fear of job responsibilities. Fear of failure. We must replace worry and fear with trust and prayer. If we bog ourselves down with anxiety, not only are we doing ourselves a disservice, we are telling God we don’t trust him to carry us through the scary times.

Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Now say to yourself “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear; The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” And feel the peace rush over you.

 

 

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