RESPONDING TO FEAR

“One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life” (Psalm 27:4).

As David is about to be attacked by a formidable foe, the greater enemy to be faced is his own fear. Fear is the warning that danger, real or perceived, is near. This very human emotion can be either positive or paralyzing. In such circumstances, David prays not for victory over or destruction of his enemies, but the presence of the Lord. The house of the Lord is a common metaphor for the presence of God. With the confidence that the Lord is near, fear recedes.

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