I sought the Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
Psalm 34:4

In the context of seeing The Lord save him from the hand of Abimelech, David writes the above verse as an encouragement to his readers (or hearers) to look to God in times of trouble so that they might be saved as well, and that God would be further glorified.

What strikes me about the above verse is that David doesn’t praise God for delivering him from Abimelech, but from his own fears. I wonder if in this verse we cannot see things for which we should be glorifying God on a regular basis. That is, often we don’t actually need to be delivered from a real danger, but instead from the fear of what might happen. It seems that for me, I operate out of fear of what might happen, and then end up spending my days trying to negotiate those things ahead of time so that I don’t have to encounter them.

But David says that The Lord saves us from those fears. God knows all that will actually happen to us, and will be with us through those times (see vs 19 and tomorrow’s post); but it is in these unrealized fears that we often need reminding that God is presently with us while we fear, and He has the power over these counterfactual fears of ours and can give us hope. And in giving us hope, He answers our seeking and delivers us from our fears.