Just One Fear

Something very strange is written in one of David’s psalms.  It goes like this:

 

I cried out to the Lord in my suffering, and he heard me.  He set me free from all my fears, for the angel of the Lord guards all who fear Him.

 

Is there a contradiction here?  David says that God freed him from all his fears, and yet he goes right on to say that he fears God.

 

Life is full of uncertainties and scary situations.  They’ve overwhelmed me and kept me awake at times.  Being liberated from all that would be wonderful.

 

David seemed to have it figured out.  And a more modern writer, Oswald Chambers (1874-1917), put it this way:  “If you fear God, you’ll fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you’ll fear everything else.”

 

One fear is all I need.

 

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