Ever since I was a little girl, I have been easily frightened. I don’t know why and I’m sure some therapist could make a small fortune trying to figure me out in counseling. Fear has always been something I have had to deal with in my life.
I have feared the both the known and the unknown. Mama used to quote Scripture to me and have me memorize it in order to help me combat the terror I would go through at night. She taught me that God didn’t give us the spirit of fear but of a sound mind. I would cling to her words and repeat them in my head as I tried to make out the shadows in my room. Little did I know that shadows and bumps in the night weren’t the scariest things to worry about in life.
Since those days I have experienced truly terrifying moments when I didn’t know if I would live or die. I have endured violent moments when my voice and mind were paralyzed in fear of being murdered, beaten to death or stabbed. I have had scary moments watching four men trying to break into my house while my husband was hundreds of miles away in the jungle. Then there have been the surreal moments with caymans, snakes and disease.
Terror isn’t something foreign to me and I write today’s post with a good bit of personal knowledge on the subject.
Fear can rob us of everything good. It will make us choose doubt over trust and that is never good in the life of a Christian.
So how do we combat it? How do we really assuage the daily fears we experience?
David gives us one of “michtam” psalms in chapter 56. The word michtam means to cut or to engrave. In other words, this is something important that shouldn’t be destroyed, so David must have wanted everyone to know how he handled fear.
“In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word. In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.” Psalms 56:10-11
In God, David praised what?
David didn’t have a Black Scofield Bible to tote around while he was being pursued by enemies, but he knew God. And God is the Word (John 1)
David mustered up the ability in himself to praise God and His Word even when confronted with fears of the unknown.
This is such a solid, practical way of dealing with fear.
When is the last time that you spoke out loud in your room, or in your prayer closet, or wherever and just said, “God, I praise you! Lord, I praise your name!”?
The last time fear crept up your spine and threatened to paralyze your voice did you place your thoughts on God instead of the fear? Did you praise or did you tremble?
What we generally do during moments of fear is question God rather than praising Him for being Sovereign. And when we question, we doubt and we doubt because we are afraid. Fear robs us of the peace found in trust.
Yes, situations appear out of our control. Yes, people seem to be destroying all we have done. Yes, the weight of what is happening may crush you.
So when there are no resolutions in the foreseeable future, why not praise God for being God? You know that what is going on in your life is a big scary mess, so instead of acknowledging the obvious, how about praising the Word of God because it is the ONE SURE THING that can be your stay in the storm of terror trying to seize you.
Oh, my friend, don’t fall down and grieve in the despair of fear. It is a worn out tool of the devil that he loves to distract us with as often as he can.
RISE UP AND PRAISE THE KING OF KINGS!
Who cares if people think you are crazy?! Shout the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and tell Him you praise Him for what He is doing and what He is going to do! Praise the Word! Get in the Word! Dwell in thoughts of praise found in the Word!
Just surround yourself with the Word and let IT dispel the fear.
“In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.” Psalms 56:11
“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” Psalms 56:3
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” 1 Peter 1:7
“Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.” Psalms 118:28
Circumstances may not immediately change, but instead of fearing it, Praise through it. Oh, I know, it isn’t easy, trust me, I know my friend. But terror and fear never bring peace. They just bring more fear, more distrust and more lies.
Praise will bring peace.
“I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalms 34:4
Praise Him. And if you can’t seem to find your voice, or your strength to do it, email me. I will plead and praise for you until He strengthens your soul and relieves the numbness of the pain.
Christian Women can make a difference in this old rotten world if we will simply praise God and help each other through the fear. Let’s dwell in God’s Word….together.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,