OVER COMING YOUR FEARS IN THE MIST OF A CRISIS
When we think about the financial crisis that the world is facing, and then consider our own individual financial situation, no job to meet the family budget, no money to buy gas for the car to go interview for a job, our health is failing and no health insurance to help offset the doctor and medical expenses. Do not have enough money to pay for prescriptions. For those that do have jobs and are bringing in some income, you are faced with the rising cost of higher food prices, continuing rising gas prices, increases in energy cost for heating and cooling your homes. For some of you, your mortgages are under water, and your income is not rising fast enough to meet the high demand of the rising cost of everything that is demanding more and more of your income. If that is not enough to disturb our spirits, every time we turn on our televisions sets and no matter what news channel we tune into the only thing we can listen to is about the nuclear melt down of the nuclear power plants in Japan, the wars in the middle east and the budget crises in Washington, D.C. Every day we become more and more fearful of not being able to survive in the land of the free. A land that is flowering with milk and honey, a land where opportunities are suppose to be plentiful and anything we desire, we should be able to have. Our minds have become so engulfed with fear, lack and limitation that we are unable to see any more, our blessings that are right in front of our eyes. We find ourselves complaining about God not caring about us, and how the enemy is trying to destroy us and we have nowhere to turn for help.
As I have read and pondered this scripture, (Psalm 27) [A Psalm of David], I thought of just how much joy and comfort these words had filled my heart, and how I personally have been able to overcome many difficulties, trials and tribulations from understanding what these words were saying to me. I knew I needed to share them with you, although you might have read them and they have provided some of you with the same understanding and comfort. However, so many others need to be relieved of their fears and this scripture can be a powerful source of inspiration.
Now may I suggest you take time out from your busy schedule of worrying about the problems of the world that are staring you in the face? Make yourself comfortable in a quiet and relaxing manner without the noise of the T.V. and your children screaming. Read and meditate on each word and what it means in your life and your present situation. The Bible teaches us that we must meditate both day and night. This is the moment for you to do just that.
[A Psalm] of David.
1THE LORD is my Light and my Salvation–whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid?
2When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
3Though a host encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, [even then] in this will I be confident.
4One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.(A)
5For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock.
6And now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies round about me; in His tent I will offer sacrifices and shouting of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
7Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; have mercy and be gracious to me and answer me!
8You have said, Seek My face [inquire for and require My presence as your vital need]. My heart says to You, Your face (Your presence), Lord, will I seek, inquire for, and require [of necessity and on the authority of Your Word].
9Hide not Your face from me; turn not Your servant away in anger, You Who have been my help! Cast me not off, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation!
10Although my father and my mother have forsaken me, yet the Lord will take me up [adopt me as His child].(B)
11Teach me Your way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain and even path because of my enemies [those who lie in wait for me].
12Give me not up to the will of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen up against me; they breathe out cruelty and violence.
13[What, what would have become of me] had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living!
14Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.