“I sought the Lord, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears.”1
We face some kind of fear every day. Is there a proper, biblical way to deal with fear? Can I overcome my fear? The answer is “Yes” to both.
In his fear, the psalmist “sought the Lord.” He looked for the Lord. Fear tends to blind us from spiritual realities. So we need to gaze through darkness around us and through the fog of fear to see the Lord. We need to see Him who is the light in darkness and the foghorn in the mists of fear. The wonderful thing is this: when we seek the Lord we will find Him: “‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. ”2
And when we find Him, we will see that He has always been there with us. When we sense the presence of the Lord, He rescues us from all our fears. Remember, God delivers us from fear, not us. He also rescues us from all our fears. This means that there is no circumstance in life where we have to fear.
In his fear, the psalmist also found something else: “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, And rescues them.”3
God protects His own. He sets Himself, as a army, around His people. He has taken on the responsibility to guard and protect us. He is the one who rescues us. Now, if God is our wall of protection, why should we fear? Why should we tremble at the thought of attack or even when we are in the midst of an attack against us? Why should we fear puny man? If God be for us, who can be against us?
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”4
With God on our side, we are delivered from fear…