I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
Psalms 34:4 NIV
David wrote this, recalling the time in his fear when he feigned insanity to escape an enemy. Fleeing from Saul, he ran into the arms of the Philistine King Achish. To be convincing, he scratched at wooden gates with his nails and drooled in his beard (1 Samuel 21:13-14). Not quite the picture of the mighty King David we remember. Looking back on the event, David recognizes that it was God that delivered him.
What do we have to learn from the verse today? First, to seek God. God does not want us to fear! We know this because he says it repeatedly in his Word. Second, to give thanks for deliverance. Like David, we should recall that God has helped us in times of fear and express our gratitude.
God, we give thanks for the courage you give us when we are fearful. You love us and do not want us to fear but to desire us to place our faith in you. We confess we often do not share our fears with you. We admit we do not trust you as we should. Looking back on fearful times, we recognize your hand of deliverance, and we acknowledge we often fail to give thanks. Please forgive us. Thank you for your love and compassion. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Can you think of a time when God has delivered you from fear? How did you respond?