Summary: Praise God for His Deliverance From Your Fears - Psa. 34:1-7
Praise God for His Deliverance From Your Fears - Psa. 34:1-7
Quote: "Unbelief puts our circumstance between us and God, but faith puts God
between us and our circumstances." F.B. Meyer
We live in a world where many people allow themselves to be limited by their fears of hurt, disappointment or criticism. Since Sept 11th, many people restrict their movements because they are afraid of sudden disasters that will effect their physical safety, their emotional well being or their financial security. Many times we have to obey before we can feel delivered from our fears. David praised God and then experienced release from His fears. Do not wait until you feel afraid but practice preventative medicine by praising God in all situations and at all times so you will not slip into the valleys of fear, discouragement or a paralyzed state of inhibition.
Illustration:A man who hid for 32 years fearing punishment of pro-Nazi wartime activity says he used to cry when he heard happy voices outside, but dared not show himself even at his mother’s funeral. Janez Rus was a young shoemaker when he went into hiding at his sister’s farmhouse in June, 1945. He was found years later after she bought a large supply of bread in the nearby village of Zalna. "If I had not been discovered, I would have remained in hiding. So I am happy that this happened," Rus told a reporter. Throughout those years he did nothing. He never left the house, and could only look down at the village in the valley.
Today in the Word, October 17, 1993.
Let us look at several Biblical guidelines in overcoming our fears so we can experience victory over all feelings of inhibition.
1. David teaches us that by extolling the Lord at all times, with our praise of His attributes, we are lifted up above our fears. The Psalmist writes, "I will extol the Lord at all times, his praise will always be on my lips." Praise helps us gain a new perspective. Praise of God’s Lordship over all aspects of life help us see that He is sovereign and His omnipotence is greater than any problem. When we are focused on Jesus as the one who overcomes the world, we are given increased sense of His empowerment, enabling, and courage. Jesus said, "BE of good cheer, for I have overcome the world." Praise God for His resurrection power that give you the power, love and self-discipline to cast all of your anxieties upon the Lord and He will sustain you. He will never let you down.
Illustration:Sometimes the Lord calms the storm. Sometimes he lets the storm rage and calms his child.
2. David sought the Lord for a solution for all of his troubles and found deliverance from all of his fears. The Psalmist wrote, "I sought the Lord and He heard me and delivered me from all of my fears." (Psa 34:4) Allow the Lord to deliver you from you fears by seeking Him as the solution for your cares. Whenever we feel afraid we can trust Him to provide whatever we need. He makes us adequate with His adequacy. He provides us with courage when we are feeling timid. He gives us the confidence to speak with articulative wisdom when we are unsure of what to say. He helps us face our obstacles with the assurance that we can do everything God asks us to do with the help of Christ who gives us the strength and power. (Phil. 4:13 - Living) Do not try to deliver yourself with your own power, intelligence or personality. The arm of flesh will always fail. Paul wrote, "I did not come to you with superiority of speech, but in demonstration of the Spirit and power so your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God."
In a seminary missions class, Herbert Jackson told how, as a new missionary, he was assigned a car that would not start without a push.
After pondering his problem, he devised a plan. He went to the school near his home, got permission to take some children out of class, and had them push his car off. As he made his rounds, he would either park on a hill or leave the engine running. He used this ingenious procedure for two years. Ill health forced the Jackson family to leave, and a new missionary came to that station. When Jackson proudly began to explain his arrangement for getting the car started, the new man began looking under the hood. Before the explanation was complete, the new missionary interrupted, "Why, Dr. Jackson, I believe the only trouble is this loose cable." He gave the cable a twist, stepped into the car, pushed the switch, and to Jackson’s astonishment, the engine roared to life.