Whom shall I fear?

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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?

Two words get my attention this morning: “fear” and “afraid”. This psalm is attributed to King David who was a man of great power and influence. One would not expect fear to be an issue with a king, but apparently it was. In fact, throughout the bible one of the most common words from the Lord is “be not afraid”.

I’ve mentioned here before that sleep has not been a friend to me for some time. I’ll lie awake, read a book, get tired – but fail to fall asleep. Or if I do fall asleep I don’t stay asleep. Some months ago I bought a FitBit which monitors my sleep. Each morning it gives me a readout to indicate how long I slept, how much time was spent in deep sleep, and so forth. It has been a sobering exercise. What’s going on?

I believe the main culprit for me is mental. I turn things over in my head for hours thinking about things I need to get done, or perhaps concern for my young adult children, or other things. And as I read this verse today I’m struck by the notion that it may be anxiety that is keeping me awake. Not fear, but anxiety. Worry.

This morning I’m taking a personal inventory. What am I anxious about? What am I worried about? Whom do I fear? And the words of this psalm speak to me, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” The implied answer is – no one. Nothing.

Gracious God, calm my fears and anxieties as I learn to trust you. Amen.

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