Scripture Reading: Psalm 55
David cried out to the Lord asking Him to hear his prayer. Restlessness, moaning, oppression, fearfulness, trembling and terrors of death had fallen on him so much so, he wanted to fly to the wilderness and be at rest. It was not an enemy who pained his heart this severely – he could bear that. But, it was his friend, his equal, an acquaintance, someone who took sweet counsel with him and walked to the house of God with him. Now, David is praying death would come to his “friend” for his wickedness. And as for David, he knew God would save him, hear him and give him peace from the battle against him.
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” (Psalm 55:22 NIV)
As I read this scripture, I noticed that I too had fear in my heart that caused restlessness, trembling and oppression. However, it wasn’t another person who caused these immobilizing thoughts – it was me. My own anxiety and fear attempt to betray and sabotage God’s purpose for my life.
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV)
We all have parts of ourselves that we need God to extract. Whether it’s unworthiness, uncertainty, doubt or something else, we must stare our fears in the face and do what God has called anyway – even if our voices shake, our hands tremble and our minds tell us to run. The more we starve our fears and feed our faith, the easier it will be for these unwanted parts of us to vanish.