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The Only Thing To Fear Is Fear Itself

Franklin D Roosevelt stated at his first inaugural speech. “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself!”. He was speaking of the depression and the prospect of turning the U.S. economy around.

What do you fear?

We all fear something; loss of health, loss of a loved one, loss of home, and so many things we fear of losing.

Psalm 23:1-6  A psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the dark valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely Your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

David faced many fears and struggles. He was not the favorite son; he was not the one his nation chose to be their king. Even as king he faced having his own son be a traitor who wanted to kill David, his own father. David found himself homeless at a time and suffered the death of an infant son.  He had plenty in his life to give him fear.

Now some of David’s trouble did come from poor choices, like having an affair with another man’s wife and then having that man placed in danger where he died.

Yet David became known as a man after God’s own heart. Sure David had flaws and his life was anything but perfect but David realized one very important point. No matter how scary, fearful and hard life got and n matter how much he messed up David knew he was never alone.

You see, just as David was a shepherd to the people he was king of, David had his own Shepherded King, God. That we can see in Psalm 23, a shepherd telling us that we have someone to help us through the fearful course of life to bring us safely home. God wants to be our Shepherd King; all we have to do is ask.