I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened; he saved me from all my troubles. For the angel of the LORD is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him. Psalm 34:4-7 (NLT)
Look To Me
What are you relying on in life? What will relieve you of all your fears? Who will get you out of trouble? Where will you go for help when you need it? Who will be your counselor? Who will be your guide? Who will guard and surround and protect you when you are under attack? Those are good questions. You will want to know your answers to these questions before you need them. Often I have relied on myself. How has that worked out for you? When I have relied on myself I have been filled with fear. Why is that? I have encountered problems that were far larger than I could ever possibly handle. In those times I could see no way out of my troubles. As long as you were relying on yourself you had no choice but to be filled with desperation and fear. That’s right. What then? My fears and troubles caused me to cry out to you. I prayed prayers of desperation. I asked you for your help. Did I shame you? Did I blame you? Did I turn you away? No, you drew near to me as I drew near to you. It was as if you were watching and waiting for me to come to you. Do you know why it seemed that way to you? I’m not sure. It’s because I was watching and waiting for you to come to me. I was waiting to hear your prayer. I was waiting to come to you to help you in your trouble. I am so thankful that you answered prayer. You heard my cry. You came to me in my need. Yes, I did. I didn’t just need help. What did you need? I needed you to come into my life. I needed you to be my Savior and my Lord. I needed to turn myself over to you. That’s what I did. So now, I am relying on you. You are the one who is relieving me of all my fears. Yes, I am.
Is there more that you want to say to me? There is much more that I want to say to you. Now, I don’t just rely on you when I am in trouble. Now, I don’t just look for your help me when I have a need. Now, it is my delight to dwell in your presence. Now, I want to spend time with you. In your presence you fill me with joy. In your presence you make me radiant. There is much more. Like what? You have given me a new life to live. What does your new life look like? It is now my joy to do what pleases you. I follow and obey you because you love me and I love you. I am living in your love. I am doing your will. I am walking in your ways. You are counseling me. You are surrounding me. You are guarding me. You are protecting me as I follow you. Yes, I am.
Lord, thank you for answering my prayers. You have delivered me from all my fears. You fill me with joy and make me radiant when I draw near to you. When I have been desperate you have saved me from all my troubles. You have been my guard of protection. Amen
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