Psalm 34:1-10, 22
I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad.
O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.
Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord, and was saved from every trouble.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.
O fear the Lord, you his holy ones, for those who fear him have no want.
The young lions suffer want and hunger, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
Food for Thought:
The Psalmist talks about how God watches over us when we are afraid. The phrase “fear not” appears all over the Biblical narrative. I think it’s because humans are scaredy cats. It doesn’t take much for us to be scared. What is even more astounding is how many times we are told through the writers of the Biblical narrative that God is with us in the midst of our fears. This is a wonderful promise. When we get scared and want to hide in a corner, we need not do that because God is with us. I was talking to a friend the other day about the wonderful book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown, and she said that she has been living the principal of Brene’s book of “Kicking Fear in the Face” for years. I asked her how this transformed her life and she said that it has been so freeing. Instead of spending inordinate amounts of time in fear and worry, she just goes for it. I think a little bit of fear is good for us because it stops us from doing really stupid stuff. But all too often we let fear rule our lives. Fear not friends for God is with us. Take courage. And do some of the unthinkable─love freely, act courageously, and forgive deeply.
God of unfailing light, in your realm of glory the poor are blessed, the hungry filled, and every tear is wiped away. Strengthened by this vision, may we follow in the way of holiness that your Son made known in life and death. In your precious name we pray, Amen.