“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” -Psalm 56:3
We live in an age of information. Some true information, some false information. It is difficult to sift through all of it, and get to reality. Political agendas are mixed in with our news, and it’s hard to tell what is real anymore. To be informed is good, but the source of information is important. If you are consuming from the wrong source frequently, fear can become a crippling reality. When you turn the news on you see nothing but death, destruction, and chaos. When you turn the pages of the Bible, you can experience joy, and peace. Why would we go anywhere else?
Fear is running rampant in our nation today. So many people are paralyzed by what-ifs, maybes, and potential disasters. Uncertainties cloud our minds, and drown out truth. News outlets will give you what-ifs, maybes, and potentials disasters. But the Good News Outlet will always give you what-is, and what-will-be.
What is our response to fear? Fear knocks on the door of our mind, and we let him in. Then he calls worry, and worry comes over. Worry calls uncertainty, and now uncertainty has joined the party. He brings his friends doubt, and unbelief. Before you know it, there is an unwelcome party inside your mind, and you lose control of the situation. How can we keep this scene from happening every day?
There is one solution to all of this, and we find it in this Psalm:
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
The text doesn’t read, “If I become afraid, I put my trust in you.” It reads, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” It isn’t a matter of if, but when. There will be moments of weakness. There will be moments of fear, but will we let fear win? Will we trust what fear says? Or will we trust God?
The answer to all of our fears is painstakingly simple. It is incredible how simple this actually is. You do not need a degree, or a doctorate to understand what the psalmist is saying. He is simply saying, “When I become afraid, I simply put my trust in the Lord.” The answer to every single one of our fears is found in trusting the Lord, and trusting His Word.
Leonard Ravenhill once said,
“One of these days some simple soul will pick up the Bible read it, and believe it. Then the rest of us are in trouble. First and foremost the Bible is the Book to be believed.”
The only times I experience victory over the fears in my life, are the times I open the Word, trust it, believe it, and obey it. The times that I experience temporal defeats are the times I neglect it, disregard it, and in so doing, disobey it.
Here are 3 verses that are easily memorized, and will help with fear:
- “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” -John 14:1
- “When the cares of my heart were many, your consolations cheer my soul.” -Psalm 94:19
- “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” -1 Peter 5:7