Psalm 34_4

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I almost didn’t do this Fear Verse Project. I struggled back and forth about it for weeks. Then I had to laugh out loud at the irony.  I was afraid!  In fact, this whole blogging thing comes with a giant set of fears in my particular case.  I’m not one who likes to put myself out there for the whole world to see.  One on one, yes.  The whole world, no.  Sometimes I think God laughs when I say no. Because here I sit.

But one thing I don’t mind at all is helping someone out. So I decided to think of you as just one person – a one-on-one visit over coffee – and if this project helps you at all, it will be well worth the courage I’m going to have to drum up.

Which leads right to this verse:

Psalm 34:4: I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.

Did you notice that? Strike what I said earlier. I won’t have to drum up courage. I will just need to seek the Lord.

Wait. That’s the key?

Let’s see what we can find out.

David is believed to have written Psalm 34. I always think of him as the man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). Can you think of any better title to get from God? Yet, David still had fears come his way. This man after God’s own heart who was told repeatedly not to fear was not anxiety-free.

And it’s interesting to note, if you read the whole chapter, verse 19 says “Many adversities come to the one who is righteous…” Even the righteous!  Being a Christian does not exempt us from fear-causing adversities on this earth. {Of course, things will be much better in heaven – Revelation 21:4 – But that’s another post!}

The Study Bible for Women

Let’s look right quick at what kind of fears David was talking about. My beautiful Study Bible* says that word “fears” in this verse is the Hebrew word “megurah” which means “what one dreads.”

Sounds like worries to me.

And in verse 6 it says that he even cried. The NLT version uses the word “desperation.” It doesn’t sound like David tried to turn off his emotions, does it?

But here’s the kicker.

Look what David did in addition to crying …

He sought the Lord.

And how did that work out for him?

The Lord delivered him from all his fears.

My Study Bible* says, “This verb suggests the necessity of God’s intervention to experience freedom – both from imminent, life-threatening dangers and from terrors produced by the imagination when all one’s senses must be kept on constant alert to dangers lurking around every corner.”

That sentence is packed full!  It’s worth reading again.  I’ll wait.

So.  I need God’s intervention to experience freedom from fear.  I can’t drum up courage on my own – not for long anyway. But I can cry out to Him – all the way until He delivers me from my fear. Make that ALL my fears!

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