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Whom Shall We Fear?

Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?

RevRayI sure hope that today’s devotional thought will uplift us and not bring us down!  Remembering the past can bring us down but thinking about the present and the future can lift our spirits.

If you are up on the news and have been alive for the last decade plus – see if you can pick out these dates.

Do you remember what happened on April 15, 2013?  I bet most of our readers do.

Do you remember what happened on December 14, 2012?  Just over a year ago.

Do you remember what happened on April 16, 2007?  Just 6 years ago.

Do you remember what happened in October 2002?

Do you remember what happened on September 11, 2001?

Do you remember what happened on April 20, 1999?

How many do you think you have remembered?  Try to remember without looking at the rest of this post.  Here goes…

April 15, 2013 – that was the date of the Boston Marathon race this year and a bombing at the end of the race caught our nation’s attention.  For the last week plus the news has been filled with this tragedy and the aftermath of it.  For all of these dates you couldn’t turn the TV on without seeing something about these events.  Innocent people’s lives were taken or forever changed.

December 14, 2012 – that was the date that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting took place in Newtown, Connecticut.  I still remember the brave teachers who stood between the shooter and their children.

April 16, 2007 – that was the date of the tragic shooting rampage at Virginia Tech.  Young people – on the verge of the next stage of their lives – taken out by a crazed shooter.

October 2002 – this was the month that the Beltway snipers were randomly picking targets around the DC area.  People were afraid to go out of their homes.  You didn’t feel safe filling your gas tank or walking your dog or allowing your child to wait for the bus.

September 11, 2001 – I bet most people got this one.  The date had to give it away.  It doesn’t seem like nearly 12 years since the tragic high jacking of planes running into the towers in New York City – the Pentagon and the brave people who gave their lives to down the fourth plan in that field in Pennsylvania. The images of that day are cemented into our hearts and minds and will never seem to go away.  I still remember talking to a friend who was in the Pentagon when it was hit and relaying to his son that he was alright at the local high school.

April 20, 1999 – that was the day of the Columbine shooting.  A high school under siege by shooters.  I still remember the students climbing out of windows and the stories we learned of what went on inside the school.  I remember the young woman who was found under a table in the library and was asked if she was a Christian before being shot to death (she said yes).

There are unfortunately more dates and tragic events I could have listed.  When these events happen it is easy for folks to go on lock-down – not wanting to face the next day.  They are events that strike at the core of our sense of safety in America.  They shatter our well-ordered lives.  These and other events impact our lives greatly.

I know other events can also shake us up.  The death of my father last fall – even though he was 84 and ill – shook my world.  I know of people who have lost their jobs and have had other events happen that have caused concerns in their day-to-day lives.  Life can deal us bad hands for sure.

Today’s passage – according to some scholars – was written about a time in David’s life when King Saul was out to kill him.  David was in hiding from Saul and his armies.  His world was shaken and he didn’t know which way to turn.  Ever been there?  When you didn’t know what tomorrow might bring?  It doesn’t have to be a tragic situation like we wrote about earlier – but just a time when your world was crazy out of your control!  I know I’ve been there!

David wrote that – although his world was being rocked – he had hope and faith in the One who is Sovereign.  God had his back – even if that meant through death.  Here is today’s passage in partial context.  Psalms 27:1-5 – 1 The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. 3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.  4 One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.  5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.

The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?  All the evil one can do it make life miserable or maybe even take our life – if our Sovereign God allows it.  Our God is in control of us!  As I mentioned Saturday on Facebook – Proverbs 16:9 – In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.  We serve a God who is greater than the troubles we face my friends.

Whom shall we fear?  Jesus puts it this way.  Luke 12:4-5 – 4 “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.  Whom shall we fear or better yet revere?  God and God alone!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

April 22, 2013 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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