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I'm Not Scared

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" (v. 1). Those are good questions. Why should we be afraid? What does God do to us and for us when we face an enemy? This psalm tells us that when we fear Him, we need not fear anyone else.

David talks about an enemy coming in. "When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell" (v. 2). Here we have a sudden coming of the enemy. But sometimes it's not a sudden invasion. In verse 3 we read, "Though an army should encamp against me." Here the enemy has settled in. I don't know which of these two is the more difficult. I think I'd prefer to have my enemies suddenly show up than to have them camped on my doorstep. You may have an enemy camped in your home or your office or your church. Somewhere in your life an enemy has probably settled.

But David says, "My heart shall not fear; though war should rise against me" (v. 3). This is not a sudden invasion or a settled battle. It's a sustained war, day after day. "Though war should rise against me, in this I will be confident" (v. 3). We can be confident in the Lord, because He is our Light; we don't have to be afraid of the darkness. And because He is our Salvation, we don't have to be afraid of danger.

How can we have the protection the Lord offers? By abiding in Christ. Verse 4 tells us, "One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell 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." Don't be afraid of your disabilities and your deficiencies. God is your Light, your Salvation and your Strength. He is all you need.

The grip of fear can debilitate one's heart, mind and will. But Christians have a Strength greater than any fear we can face. Are you struggling with fear? Whatever battle you may be fighting, rest confidently in God's protection. He is your Strength, and He will deliver you.

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