This week we conclude our study, “Ancient Wisdom for Today”. Our psalm this week is Psalm 27. Fear is one of the most paralyzing emotions that humans face. In Psalm 27, David explores the relationship between faith and fear, and gives us some ideas on how to respond to fear with faith. One thought to keep in mind: The opposite of faith is not doubt. The opposite of faith is fear.

 

 

Fear is one of the most paralyzing emotions that humans face. In Psalm 27, David explores the relationship between faith and fear, and gives us some ideas on how to respond to fear with faith.

1-Express Faith (verses 1,2) In reading Psalm 27, we know David is speaking of a time when he was in deep trouble. In spite of this, he boldly stated his faith. Sometimes this is what we need to do. We need to confess our faith.

2-Extend Faith (verse 3) In this verse, David imagines his worst case scenario: “What if a whole army declares war on me?”. David is doubling down on his confession in verse 1. God will deliver me, and even if things get 10 times worse, God is still the same—God will save me.

3-Experience Faith (verses 4,5) David drew near to God to experience what he said he believed. He refused to let his troubles come between him and God; instead his troubles pushed him closer to God.

4-Enjoy Faith (verse 6) We are not meant to live our lives looking over our shoulder or afraid that any minute our lives are going to become a disaster. God has filled our world with good things for us to enjoy, and one of the things we can enjoy is worshiping God.