Saturday, November 14, 2009
No Fear, Never Shaken
As I read through the many awesome promised listed in this Psalm, one statement really jumps out at me:
Surely he will never be shaken …He will have no fear of bad news …his heart is steadfast … he will have no fear.
I get this mental picture of a muscular man, chiseled features, dressed in battle gear, outnumbered and surrounded, yet having no fear whatsoever. He is ready to face his enemies with strength and honor. As men we love that image, because we want to identify with that. We want to be physically strong, and pound all of our adversaries!
But I believe that greater value lies in spiritual strength. I believe the psalm speaks not to physical strength, but the spiritual strength that comes from the fear of the Lord. On the surface it’s a strange concept: Fear God, become strong.
How does strength come from fear?
Because the “fear” being described here is not fear like you would feel for a snake or a wild animal, but is better described as “awe” or “reverence”. When acknowledge the might, the power, the majesty, of the Living God, who is our heavenly Father, we come to a realization that we are under His protection. We are filled with His power and might. 2 Tim 1:7 comes to mind:
For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
This is true strength – spiritual strength – the strength to face any problem, and bad news, and trial, that might come before us.
Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. (Eph 6:10)