Whom shall I fear??



Probably going to be spending time in the psalms over the next few weeks, maybe because I need to spend more time with the Lord in prayer.  That’s what psalm 27 is – prayer.  The first half especially is a prayer for divine help and guidance.  Most likely King David was headed into battle or about to be under attack when he wrote this prayer to Yahweh.
 
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?    How about an “amen” on a Monday afternoon!!   The Lord is my light and salvation, not only on Sunday, but on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:31‬ ‭ESV‬‬.  We (I) worry so much about what those around us think, what they might say.  We (I) get so caught up in feeling like everyone is against me.  Nobody has a gun to my head.  I’m not in a foxhole.  To be honest, most of my enemies are figments of my own imagination.  David had enemies searching him out, possibly at the time he wrote this King Saul had turned against him and was searching the mountains to kill him (because of his own fear!).   I claim Jesus as Lord and Savior.  Whom shall I fear?  Of whom shall I be afraid??!!
 
When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall.   Unlike King David, no one is chasing me like a wild animal.   Some may ‘assail me” behind my back – in that case it really is they who stumble and fall.  The more they talk, the more they expose themselves.  The more they stand in the unholy spirit of accusation, the more they squeeze  the Holy Spirit of advocacy out from their own lives…

Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.  The only army against me, the only war I face, is the one inside my own head.  As one of my recovery brothers likes to say, my own self-run riot.  Some say recovery is a war, and we all live in spiritual warfare of some form or another.  And really, this is life or death.  But this life or death is a choice I have to make, a choice we all have to make. David had King Saul’s army encamped against him, we all have Satan’s army encamped against us.  We have to make a choice – “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”” ‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭30:19-20‬ ‭ESV‬‬.  Choose life.  My heart shall not fear.  I will be confident.
 
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.  David wanted to be in the Lord’s temple, so he could seek after the Lord’s will and cover.  What is our temple?  We always have the church building, but for us, we are all part of his temple, his body.   “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Romans‬ ‭12:4-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬. Our temple, our protection in this world of spiritual warfare comes in community with our brothers and sisters in Christ.  “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭18:20‬ ‭ESV‬‬.  We are not meant to walk alone.  One Christian is no Christian.  The Christian life is a shared life.  If we are isolated, where will we find our help, our protection.  Jesus told us where two or more are gathered in His name, He is there among them.  He did not tell us He is with every isolated Christian, walking alone, claiming Christ in their own mind, sharing Him with none.  
 
And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord.  We lift up our praise and worship to Him, He lifts us up.  Worship to God is part of the spiritual war we wage.  It doesn’t make sense, but we know it to be true.  
It seems weird to those on the outside looking in.  Of course it does.  Everything we do is weird.  We’re Christians.  We profess as Lord of Lords and King of Kings a man who was hung on a tree until he was dead, dead, dead 2000 years ago.  We profess on faith that He was crowned King on that very cross from which He was hanged.   We can explain much, but we confess much more.  We confess the cross as His throne.  We confess He was raised from the dead, walked among his followers for over a month, then ascended to the right hand of the Father.  It’s all weird.  Embrace the weird.  
We’re Christians.

“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? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:1-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/psa.27.1-6.esv

 

John Lewis

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6 thoughts on “Whom shall I fear??

  1. Yes whom than shall I fear? It is a big day here and I keep trying not to worry but when my kids are involved I become consumed. Pray pray keep praying. Under my breath all day say Jesus save us.

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