Have you ever been in a situation where you were afraid? Feeling trapped and like you did not know what to do or where to go? When I was young, my father and I went hiking, and somehow we got separated for about 30 minutes. I screamed my father’s name and heard no answer, it was getting dark then, and I felt like I did not know what to do or where to go. I remembered that my father taught me to stay still and yell his name if we ever got separated during our hikes, and after doing that, he found me.
When he found me, he hugged me and reassured me that I was ok and that he heard me calling his name. The amount of peace that flooded my soul was incredible. I felt like I could trust him and his instructions without all the doubt and fear. Can I tell you that this is the context surrounding this Bible verse? David found himself trapped by the Philistines and not sure what he would do, just like I felt trapped in those woods. David was full of fear at the thought of what might happen, just as I was full of fear for my future if I was not found. Maybe, this is your context, maybe you feel trapped by this quarantine and full of fear because of this virus, that seems to get worse by the day.
If that is where your mind is, then David teaches us the solution to a soul full of worry and fear; he gives us the antidote. In response to his fear, David states that he will put his trust in God. Faith, not fear, has always been the answer, learning and training ourselves to trust God in the midst and despite the very real fear we carry. We know that God is faithful and able to save, and help us during this time, which is why God was David’s only answer during that time, and which is why God is our only answer during this time.
PRAYER: Father, I pray that you remind us that you are with us and fighting for us. When fear and worry fill our souls, we can turn and place our trust in you. We know that you love us and will never leave us. IN JESUS NAME, AMEN!