Day number 2 of living a fearless life, and we are in a passage of the Bible that describes the tension between fearing the wrong thing and fearing the Lord. Fearing the Lord is really being so deeply in awe of His power, His strength, His ability, His love, His creation… it is being so overwhelmed by who He is that all we can do is keep our eyes and our focus on Him, waiting in expectation for what He is doing and will continue to do in us, through us, around us.
“I prayed to the LORD and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened; He saved me from all my troubles. For the angel of the LORD is a guard; He surrounds and defends all who fear Him” (Psalm 34:4-7, NLT)
This verse seems pretty straightforward. David is writing and speaks of simply praying to God, and God answered him. Not only did God answer David’s prayer, but God also freed David from all of his fears! I’m not sure what all of David’s fears were when he wrote this Psalm, and I’m not sure what all of your fears or anxieties or worries are either. But guess who does know? Exactly, God does!
And what should our response be? We have another example in the New Testament of what to do with our fears and anxieties. David prayed and was freed from his fears. Agreeing with this, 1 Peter 5:6-7 says,
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you” (HCSB)
So here we have David saying to pray, and now Peter saying to cast all your cares on God because He cares about you! God cares—He hears our prayers, hears us talking to Him, and responds! Maybe not always in ways we understand or even really like…but God always responds to prayer. As you pray, casting your fear, your anxieties, worries, and cares at the feet of Jesus Christ, God will respond.
He has the power and ability to free us from whatever our fear or worry is. Then, as we are freed from fear, we look to Him for help and we experience radiant joy! Then, God surrounds and defends and protects and provides and saves those who trust in Him, believe in Him, and follow Him.
So, pray, be freed from your fears, believe in Jesus Christ, and follow Him every day of your life. That is what it looks like to live fearlessly.