Summary: Comparison between the worldy fears that assail us and the fear of God which brings us peace.

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Forces in Society #1 – Fear - Psalm 103

By James Galbraith

First Baptist Church, Port Alberni

July 15, 2007

Text - Psalm 103

Ps 103:1 Praise the LORD, O my soul;

all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

Ps 103:2 Praise the LORD, O my soul,

and forget not all his benefits—

Ps 103:3 who forgives all your sins

and heals all your diseases,

Ps 103:4 who redeems your life from the pit

and crowns you with love and compassion,

Ps 103:5 who satisfies your desires with good things

so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Ps 103:6 The LORD works righteousness

and justice for all the oppressed.

Ps 103:7 He made known his ways to Moses,

his deeds to the people of Israel:

Ps 103:8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,

slow to anger, abounding in love.

Ps 103:9 He will not always accuse,

nor will he harbor his anger forever;

Ps 103:10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve

or repay us according to our iniquities.

Ps 103:11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

so great is his love for those who fear him;

Ps 103:12 as far as the east is from the west,

so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Ps 103:13 As a father has compassion on his children,

so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;

Ps 103:14 for he knows how we are formed,

he remembers that we are dust.

Ps 103:15 As for man, his days are like grass,

he flourishes like a flower of the field;

Ps 103:16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,

and its place remembers it no more.

Ps 103:17 But from everlasting to everlasting

the LORD’S love is with those who fear him,

and his righteousness with their children’s children—

Ps 103:18 with those who keep his covenant

and remember to obey his precepts.

Ps 103:19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven,

and his kingdom rules over all.

Ps 103:20 Praise the LORD, you his angels,

you mighty ones who do his bidding,

who obey his word.

Ps 103:21 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts,

you his servants who do his will.

Ps 103:22 Praise the LORD, all his works

everywhere in his dominion.

Praise the LORD, O my soul.


Fear is Big today.

There are fears that everyone can relate too,

like travelling too fast in a vehicle,

being the target of someone’s aggression,

moving to a new city,

facing a new class and even new school in the fall.

And then there are also some fears that are pretty obscure…

Peladophobia: fear of baldness and bald people.

Chaetophobia: fear of hairy people.

Levophobia: fear of objects on the left side of the body.

Dextrophobia: fear of objects on the right side of the body.

Thalassophobia: fear of being seated.

Stabisbasiphobia: fear of standing and walking.

Calyprophobia: fear of obscure meanings

Porphyrophobia: fear of the color purple

Odontophobia: fear of teeth.

Graphophobia: fear of writing in public.

Phobophobia: fear of being afraid.

All of us deal with fear, maybe on a daily basis.

And fear isn’t always a bad thing - fear of consequences keeps many of us from breaking the law, driving too fast or crossing the street in the middle of traffic.

But for too many people, fear consumes them.

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