Hunkered Down Devotion

Psalm 20:6-9 (Voice)
6 I don’t fear; I’m confident that help will come to the one anointed by the Eternal:
    heaven will respond to his plea; His mighty right hand will win the battle.
7 Many put their hope in chariots, others in horses, but we place our trust in the name of the Eternal One, our True God.
8 Soon our enemies will collapse and fall, never to return home; all the while, we will rise and stand firm.  
9 Eternal One, grant victory to our king!  Answer our plea for help.

There are many instances in the Bible where we are called to not be afraid, including here in Psalm 20.  If you are like me, these admonitions are at least a little intimidating.  I don’t think I live in fear or anything, but at the same time I definitely get scared from time to time.  

But this understanding misses the real meaning of these calls.  God isn’t calling us to some unreachable standard where we live our lives worry-free, untouched by even passing or momentary fears.   Rather, God is inviting us to a life of confidence in the one anointed by the Eternal, Jesus Christ.  

When we place our trust in Jesus Christ, it isn’t a switch that magically eliminates anything and everything that scares us.  Instead, trusting in Jesus means that we don’t have to live our lives in fear.  Because of our trust and confidence in Jesus Christ, his goodness and love for us, and his great power to save us fear is no longer the motivating factor or driving force in our lives.

Faith in Jesus, trust in our loving God and creator is the foundation of a life of confident, contented peace.  When we put our faith in other things: chariots, horses, anything or anyone other than our savior Jesus, we set ourselves up for failure and invite fear into our hearts and lives.

Victory comes to us by leaning not on our own strength, our own abilities, our own knowledge, but by leaning on the one who always hears and answers our cries for help.  
Sharing God’s Love, 

Prayer:  Lord, help us to live in faith, not in fear.  Help us to trust in you.  Amen.

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