When Gripped by Fear

20100430-scared-woman-300x205 Before the Fall there was no fear.  No shame.

When Adam and Eve rejected God’s good for them, a torrent of fear rushed into their souls. Gripped with fear, they tried to hide from God, but to no avail.  All of humanity was thrust into a shameful existence . . . fearful of the Creator, fearful of one another, and fearful of the world which was once a beautiful, welcoming garden.  But God did not leave us alone in fear.

Dear Christian, we have a loving Heavenly Father.  He who did not spare His own Son, but freely delivered him over for us all, will he not also give us all things? (Rom. 8:32).  Since your Heavenly Father has taken care of your greatest need of forgiveness for your sin, will He not also care for all your lesser needs?  Yes, He will for my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:8)  When we truly grasp His great love for us, the grip of fear in our lives is broken.

To Pray When Gripped by Fear:

Psalm 91

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.  He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find rest; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.  You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.  You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.  Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—the Most High, who is my refuge—no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.  For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.  On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.  You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.  When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.  With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

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Amazed He is Mindful of Me

alone-in-a-crowdIt is estimated that that the world’s population is over 7.3 billion people, and over 108 billion people have been born since time began.

The enormity of these statistics is hard to fathom.  Even more, it’s impossible to comprehend God’s infinite power to form, sustain, and fully know each individual person and the details of their lives.

I am a single drop in a massive sea of humanity; how amazing it is that the Creator of the universe is lovingly mindful of me!

King David was also amazed.  In Psalm 139, he expressed his awe-filled wonder at the Lord’s intimate involvement in his own life.

Take a few quiet moments to thoughtfully pray Psalm 139.  Like David, contemplate the Lord’s presence and power in your life, and praise Him for being mindful of you . . . fully, everywhere, and always!

Praying Psalm 139:

Praise God for His Knowledge of You (v. 1-6)

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!  You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.  You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.  Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.  You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.

Praise God for His Presence with You (v. 7-12)

Where shall I go from your Spirit?  Or where shall I flee from your presence?  If I ascend to heaven, you are there!  If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!  If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.  If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.

Praise God for His Plan for You (v. 13-18)

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them,the days that were formed for me,when as yet there was none of them.  How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!  How vast is the sum of them!  If I would count them, they are more than the sand.  I awake, and I am still with you.

Respond by Committing Yourself to Him and His Righteousness (v. 19-24)

Oh, that you would slay the wicked, O God!  O men of blood, depart from me!  They speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies take your name in vain.  Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?  And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?  I hate them with complete hatred; I count them my enemies.  Search me, O God, and know my heart!  Try me and know my thoughts!  And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!