But you, O LORD, are a shield around me;
you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.
I cried out to the LORD,
and he answered me from his holy mountain.
I lay down and slept,
yet I woke up in safety,
for the LORD was watching over me.
I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies
who surround me on every side.
- Psalm 3:3-6
It was late one night when I was lying wide awake, fear gripping my heart.
My thoughts were all over, but my family’s safety was my main concern. There’s a crime wave ripping through our usually peaceful neighborhood with car jackings and armed robberies happening a few blocks away from us.
I found myself making plans in my mind, thinking of different routes to take, things I can implement to increase security around our house. The more I thought about it, the more anxious I got.
That’s when Father God said to me “My child, have I not told you before that I did not give you a spirit of fear?”
So I stopped trying to make my own plans and I took to the Psalms instead.
David wrote the above scripture while he was hiding from his son Absalom. Absalom believed that he had a score to settle with David for not dealing with his sister’s rape by his half-brother, and for the way David treated Absalom when he took matters in his own hands.
David left Jerusalem and went in hiding.
I would imagine that not only was David living in fear, but he had to deal with immense guilt as well, knowing that the situation he was in, was mostly caused by his own actions and disobedience.
Yet, David cried out to the Lord; The One who held his head high (God forgives and restored him).
And the Lord answered him from His holy mountain (God reassured him).
Then David went to sleep! Knowing that the Lord is a shield around him.
While Absalom was getting his army ready to hunt David down, David slept like a baby. And at the end of the day, the Lord gave David victory when Absalom died in an accident.
Yes, I’m still extra vigilant and cautious. I believe that God also grants us the wisdom to know what precautions we can take and what we should avoid. But when fear threatens to engulf me at night, I recite the following verse:
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe.
- Psalm 4:8 NLT
Reflection 1. Identify the fears that keep you awake at night. Write them down and pray about them.
2. If you are lying awake at night, read the above scriptures. There are many more scriptures in Psalms that deal with fear, so instead of lying in fear at night why don’t you read through the Psalms and mark all the verses that deal with fear.
Thank you Lord for giving us a spirit of strength instead of fear. Thank you for dealing with our fears. Forgive us for always trying to deal with our fears by ourselves. In peace I will lay down and sleep tonight, for You alone will keep me safe.
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