The LORD is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid? The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident. (Psalm 27:1–3, NLT 2015).
My Musings – Let me re-phrase that. If I claim the LORD is my light and my salvation, why should I be afraid? What could possibly cause me to be afraid? If I believe that the LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, why should I tremble? What could possibly cause me to tremble?
Even if surrounded or attacked by a mighty army, why should I be afraid, why should that cause me to lose confidence in my LORD? Is He less capable in these circumstances? Is the fortress no longer able to protect me from this danger? Can He only protect me from lesser dangers?
My Advice – Jesus told us that in this world, we will have trouble. There will be enemies and foes that will attack. Not if, but when. But we are to take heart, because Jesus has overcome the world. At times it will seem like a mighty army surrounds us. Should that cause us to fear? Should that cause us to tremble? Only if we do not believe that Jesus did indeed overcome the world. But why would we ever think the One who overcame the grave, could not overcome whatever foe we would ever face?
When you feel surrounded, remember this story of Elisha. “When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. ‘Oh, my lord, what shall we do?’ the servant asked. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, ‘O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.’ Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” (2 Kings 6:15–17, NIV 1984).
Fear and anxiety causing you to tremble? Open your spiritual eyes. The “hills” are full. He who is for us is greater than those who are against us. The enemy will never have enough “horse or chariots” of his own to have the advantage.