Standing Firm in Fearful Times

Choosing Trust Over Fear

Aug 12, 2023

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” (Psalm 56:3, NIV)

Today’s scripture from Psalm 56:3 presents a heartfelt confession from the psalmist, an expression of his deep trust in God amidst fear. It is an inspiring testament to the power of trust as a shield against fear.

Fear is a universal human experience. We all encounter situations that arouse fear within us. And it’s crucial to acknowledge that fear is not a sign of weakness. The psalmist is open about his fear, indicating that even the faithful wrestle with fear. It’s not the presence of fear that defines us, but our response to it.

The psalmist responds to fear by trusting in God. He makes a conscious choice to trust God in his moments of fear. This is a powerful testament to his faith. The psalmist’s trust is not based on his own strength or ability but on his profound belief in God’s steadfast love and power. It’s a trust rooted in God’s character and promises.

Trust, in this context, is not passive. It’s an active and dynamic engagement with God. It’s a commitment to seek God, to lean on His promises, to live by His word, and to surrender our fears to Him. Trusting God in the face of fear is an act of faith that enables us to rise above our fears and live in God’s strength.

As we navigate our fears, may we echo the psalmist’s prayer: “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” This prayer doesn’t guarantee the immediate disappearance of our fears. But it assures us of a steadfast anchor amidst the storms of fear.

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What fears are you struggling with today, and how can you actively trust God amidst these fears?