Are you afraid?

“But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in You (God)”
(Psalm 56:3 – New Living Translation)

Just last week the UK, and in particular London, saw an outburst of violence that sent terror into the hearts of people. As scenes of violence – vehicles, homes and businesses burning and wide-spread looting along with other violence – even deaths – were beamed across the world, fear (and anger) gripped the community.

For people who were directly affected by the riots and looting, the affect on their lives and future could be so traumatic. For some, their lives may be able to be rebuilt over time. For others, rebuilding their lives and moving forward may be unimaginably difficult and sad, if not nigh impossible. For many people, even those not directly affected, a new fear has emerged – understandably!

But, all over the world things are happening which are making people’s hearts fail them for fear. Wars and unrest, especially the Middle East and Afghanistan, for example! The global financial crisis has taken and is still taking its toll. Job security is at an all time low. Extreme weather conditions with disastrous outcomes, leaving individuals and communities devastated. The list is endless …

The Psalmist, David, is wonderfully honest in his writings and in Psalm 56 he reveals how that he too experienced being afraid. This is a comforting thought – just like us, David experienced fear, despair, ups & downs, heartaches and doubts. David chose to believe the promises of God, and that gave him the hope and courage he needed. Although we may not always find that easy, we too can opt to trust the God of all Creation.

David said, “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You”!

No, the troubles will not simply vanish – David still had his troubles, BUT, trusting God changed his focus – away from the circumstances that were causing the fear (real as they were – and are!) and in so doing – toward God and His character. Where there is anxiety, He is able to bring calm; uncertainty – wisdom; fear – peace; weakness – strength; loneliness – nearness of the precious Saviour Himself.

“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?” (Ps 56: 4) This theme is repeated a number of times in this Psalm. Take time to read it and to meditate on it.

I’m reminded of a little chorus a friend taught us (original source unknown):
“The Saviour can solve every problem,
The tangles of life can undo;
There’s nothing too hard for Jesus,
Oh there’s nothing that He cannot do”

So put your trust in the Saviour. “Put your hand in the hand of the One who stilled the waters … who calmed the sea”. Jesus is still the same – yesterday, today and forever!

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