Monday, February 5, 2018

Monday Mediation Fear & Psalm 27


Thanks for joining me this Monday!
A little disclaimer. 
I use Blue Letter Bible A LOT, so all the long lists of words when I am looking up a word come from that AWESOME website (it's also an app if you prefer reading or studying on your phone).
Also these are little studies or preachings mostly to myself, but I thought I would share them.


A verse that stuck out to me in Psalm 27

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

This past year I’ve dealt with fear in ways I’ve never had to face before. I never thought of myself as a fearful person, I was as a child, but I thought I had grown out of it, but in the past few months. I have felt an attack of fears.
Health
Future
Finances
Death… I know it’s a strange one to be afraid of. I’ve never dealt with before but seriously! IT WAS AN ISSUE!

I’ve been trying to take the time instead of giving into the fears as they come to me, recognize them and turn them over to my Heavenly Father. They aren’t for me to carry, I am His. He has promised to take care of everything and me being fearful causes distance between my Heavenly Father and I. Because I am carrying things He has promised to take care of.

But a little study into this verse
The Lord is my light
Looking into the word Light, we see that it means….
LightLight of day, light of heaven luminaries (moon, sun, stars)DaylightLightningLight of the lamp
Ligh to lifeLight of prosperityLight of instructionLight of faceJehovah as Isreal’s light.
 
I love that there are so many different kinds of light. Several of them are my favorites. The stars and moon, and I mean we couldn’t do without the sun either. Light of the lamp, there is nothing like a candle or oil lamp their soft, warm glow is mood setting and meant so much more in Bible times. In a world where lights weren’t just a flip of a switch or automatic street lights, a lamp was essential for the night. I loved the description that he is the light of life, instruction, and face.
Have you ever had people just come up to you and ask if you’re a Christian, and what church you go to, or if you’d pray for them? It’s always an interesting experience. What “betrays” that in the light in our faces from Him, it is the way we are instructed to behave as Christians.

Jehovah as Isreal’s light…this one I love.
He was a pillar of fire by night, a pillar of fire and cloud to keep the mighty Egyptian army at bay from His people. How much more is He between me and my fears? The warmth and security of my soul, as I am wrapped up in Christ.

Salvation
I downright love that word.
So often I think we often blab off that word with too much ease.

SalvationDeliverance, salvation, rescue, safety, welfare.Safety, welfare, prosperity.SalvationVictory

He is all of that and more.

He is my victory. I do not need to know defeat.
He is my deliverance.
He is my rescuer, my knight in shining armor.
He is my safety; He looks after my welfare and all the details of my life.

So, if He is all of that…why am I fearful?
Fear.To fear, be afraidTo stand in awe of, be awedTo fear, reverence, honor, respect.To be fearful, be dreadful, be feared

It made me stop and think.
Do I honor my fears?
Do I give them a place of respect in my life by fostering these darted thoughts that only harm me? It’s like carrying around a porcupine…okay, porcupines are cute-ish, and you can pick them up and pet them if you know what you’re doing…but in general they can be a danger to society and your body with their quills. I have no experience in handling porcupines; there is no way I should be trying to take care of them on my own. Instead, I should call on animal control and let the experts take care of it, or I could end up in the clinic with an armful of quills. It is the same way with our fears. If I handle them, they will overwhelm me, and I’ll be daggered by thoughts and fears that will control me as I try to heal the wounds on my own.

The Lord is my strength

Strength.
Isn’t that an awesome word?
I love the sound of it.

Strength.Place or means of safety, protection, refuge, strongholdPlace of safety, fastness, harbor, stronghold

M’kay…as a girl; I’ll admit all of those words are mighty attractive.
I love that this word is a masculine noun.
Noun, a person, place, or thing.
He is a person of strength.
He is a place of strength.
He is my strength.

If Elohim, the Triune God, is all of that.
Why am I fearful?
Why do I doubt?
Why do I falter and fall and fail?
Why?
Why am I afraid?
Why do I tremble for my health?
Why do I dread the unknown future?
Why do I fear to die? 
Why?

It’s a good question.
I don’t need to.
I don’t want to.

I spent a good portion of the morning confessing my fears, and cares, not only that but repenting. For confessing them is good but if there is no change of heart, fear, is sin.
One that apparently, I gravitate to.
But I don’t need to.
I want to walk fearlessly.
Steadfast.
To stand immovable.
I want this.
To cling to only the Rock that is Higher than I.
To bend in the winds of adversity but not be broken.
To rest safely in Him when the world is howling wildly around me.
I don’t want to crumble under pressure and cave into nothing like a sandcastle, but to stand unchanged by the waves that crash against me.
To be a lighthouse on a rock.
To not be afraid.


And that is just a few words from the first verse. There is so much more here. So much.

Psalm 27 

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat my flesh, they stumbled and fell.Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore, will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.When thou saidest, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, They face Lord will I seek,Hide not they face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies; for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.I had fainted, unless I have believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart, wait, I say, on the Lord.



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