The Lord is my light and my salvation so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger so why should I tremble? When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid even if I am attacked, I will remain confident. The one thing I ask the Lord, the thing I seek the most, is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord's perfections and meditating in his temple.
For whom shall I be afraid?
Fear… This is such a big one for so many people… Really, in a nutshell, fear is just failing to trust God, it's when we take our eyes off Jesus and walk outside of the presence of God....
We can conquer all fears by completely trusting in the Lord who brings peace and ultimate salvation. We can always dispel darkness by knowing that the Lord is our light and our salvation!
David the Psalmist poured his heart out in ways that many of us can relate to… we can hear his heart being poured out through all of the Psalms but one thing that was completely evident is that David's greatest desire was to practice living in the presence of God each and every day of his life… The presence of God is where miracles happen… when we practice the presence of God, we are positioning of ourselves to receive answers, blessings, and miracles from God!
God inhabits the praises of his people, when we are in the presence of God, when we seek Him with our whole hearts… The enemy runs…
We mustn't just run to God when we are experiencing difficulties in our lives.. we must practice being in God's presence every single day… Then we are fortified and ready with God's presence and we are prepared to handle any test or any trouble or fear that comes our way… By only trusting and calling on God when trouble comes, we are void of the wonderful loving relationship, fellowship, and the anointing that comes from living a life stayed upon God's presence… So many of life's trials and problems could be completely avoided by seeking God's help, his wisdom, and his direction before hand!
Many times fear comes in through that old broken record and old message and lie from the past… those old hurts, the old pains that linger… God wants to fill that void and heal all of those past hurts… His love is sufficient … And the Bible says in Psalm 27:13
"Yet I am confident that I will see the goodness of the Lord here in the land of the living…"
The land of the living means this life… It means the lives we are living now… Here and now… So even if we are going through a trial right now, we must be confident in the fact that even as we pray, in this present life, God will always see us through it all!
Praise the Lord! For he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of Thanksgiving. The Lord gives his people strength. He is a safe fortress for his anointed king.
Let's get in the presence of God… Let's cast our cares and give him all our fears, worries, and hurts… Let's bask in his perfect love which casts out all fear... God can and will perfect every concern we have!!
God bless you all!!
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