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? …For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.
There is no doubt that we live in a scary world. Recently I was reminded of just how scary when a man in our church shared that his grandson was almost abducted as he walked home from school. If an alert bus driver had not stepped in to give the boy shelter on his bus, the grandfather is sure the little boy would have been taken. The story sent chills down my spine because my oldest grandson is the same age as that little boy.
If we stop and think about it, the world has always been a scary place. The Bible is filled with scared people. The Israelites were afraid of the giants who lived in the Promised Land. Because they did not trust God to keep them safe, they had to wander in the wilderness for 40 years. Years later, David faced fear. Even though his faith was usually strong, he once fled Israel and lived with the Philistines because he feared the wrath of King Saul. In the New Testament, we are told the disciples were afraid and huddled together in the Upper Room after Jesus' crucifixion.
But we do not have to live in fear. In Psalm 27, David explains why. The Lord is our light and salvation, He is our stronghold and He will shelter us and keep us safe. We only need to trust in Him!
Dear Lord, when I am tempted to be afraid, remind me of your loving care.