Anxiety, Fear, and the 23rd Psalm
HOW DOES GOD WANT ME TO RESPOND TO THE ANXIETY AND FEAR IN MY LIFE?
Like all of the great questions in life, Scripture- God’s Word affords us an answer. (Aren’t you glad?!)
Our answer comes from the life of David.
David says, by way of example in Psalm 23, that there is a constructive, God-honoring way to respond to the fear and anxiety in our lives.
David said that we should TRUST GOD AS THE GOOD AND FAITHFUL SHEPHERD AND REJOICE IN HIS GRACE.
And here’s a key point to all of this: Just because we respond to God in this way (Trusting God as the Good and Faithful Shepherd and Rejoice in His Grace) does NOT mean that all of problems will go away- HOWEVER- God WILL provide confidence as to what He’s doing in your life. He will assure you- as He did David- that it is HE who is leading your life.
He is the one who is in control of all the details and circumstances. This WILL lead to a greater PEACE and KNOWLEDGE that – as Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
David understood what it meant to have anxiety. Saul- the King- wanted to have David dead. Can you imagine how you would feel if someone wanted you dead? Imagine if the King and all of his power was directed at killing you. Is there enough Tums to help with the anxious feelings you may experience? Many commentators believe that this trial with Saul served as the backdrop for Psalm 23. But David overcame that worry and fear by trusting in God and rejoicing in His Grace. Psalm 23 provides a guide- a model for us to follow as we respond to the fear and anxiety in our life.
Although the 23rd Psalm is only 6 verses long, I suggest dividing it into two parts. Part 1: Trust God as the Good and Faithful Shepherd. (Verses 1-4) and Part 2: Rejoice in His Goodness and Grace
As we Trust God as the Good and Faithful Shepherd, we see three important things:
- He provides for you (Verses 1-3a)
- He guides you (Verse 3b)
- He protects you (Verse 4)