FEAR and it’s Nemesis – Faith

 

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Wait for the Lord
Daily Devotional • February 6
By Pam Boston
This is one of my many favorite Psalms. It exudes confidence in God and in his action in my life. When I am afraid or simply confused, I often turn to this Psalm.

It begins, “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?”

Fear sells. Fear can be powerful. Fear can be especially strong when it is dark, physically or emotionally. Fear can be increased when we are faced with the unknown, be it a medical diagnosis, people who are different than we are, financial uncertainties or rumors. Fear is not always logical, but it is real.

Sometimes fear causes us to become paralyzed. Sometimes fear causes us to lash out. Sometimes fear causes us to run. I think God is trying to tell us that we do not need to be afraid. He will care for us, with or without our best effort.

Little Tielar has a birth defect. Though she has had an alarming number of surgeries in her brief five years of life, she smiles all the time. She has difficulty breathing and can sometimes only speak in a whisper. Yet she continues to participate, to try, to trust. She continues to be patient. She believes it will all turn out okay.

The writer ends the Psalm with a proclamation: “I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!” Then he adds an admonition: “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”

God will come through. Wait for the Lord — if not for yourself, then on behalf of someone else.

Psalm 27The 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?

2When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh—my adversaries and foes— they shall stumble and fall.

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

4One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.

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

6Now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

7Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me!

8“Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!” Your face, Lord, do I seek.

9Do not hide your face from me. Do not turn your servant away in anger, you who have been my help. Do not cast me off, do not forsake me, O God of my salvation!

10If my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will take me up.

11Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies.

12Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen against me, and they are breathing out violence.

13I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

14Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

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