Kerrie L. Palmer

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When Fear Comes . . . Psalm 27

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There is a need in our world for individuals, couples, and families to speak truth in the battle with fear.  

Fear can attach to thoughts, words, behavior and feelings in every age and place of life.  The battle with fear is real.  

Psalm 27 is a passage which directs you and I away from fear towards faith.
1. Speak faith:
 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
Speaking the word of God is a powerful component in the battle with fear.  Declare the reality of God as your stronghold.
Note:  The biblical word stronghold represented a fortress or strong defense.  When we allow fear to come in to our life, there’s a struggle with  who and what will be our stronghold.   
2. Evaluate what is truth:
 When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Psalm 27:2
Think, speak, and behave with this truth in mind:  The darkness–our enemy–can’t comprehend the light (take a look at John 1).  The darkness can’t touch those who have the Light of God.   The enemy has already lost!
3. Let go of fear/ Be confident:
Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. Psalm 27:3
Be still and know God’s presence is reality.  Ask God to remove your fear and give you the confident strength to face the war between darkness and light.
4.  Choose:
One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4
 Choose to center your life in God.  There are many things that compete for our time and attention.  BUT.  When we take our last breath on earth, we will understand this truth needed to be a reality of every moment of life.
5.  Trust God for your safety:
 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Psalm 27:5
No matter how dark and difficult things seem, trust God to protect you and keep you safe.
6.  Respond:
Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD. Psalm 27:6
 There’s a song on the hearts of those who move towards the presence of God rather then the darkness.  Make it a practice to sing to God, even when nothing around you makes sense.
7. Pray:
Hear my voice when I call, LORD; be merciful to me and answer me. Psalm 27:7

The miraculous of life occurs when we ask God into every part of life–call out to God–share your heart with God.  Jeremiah 33:3 promises that when we call, God will answer.

8.  Move:
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek. Psalm 27:8
Move away from the pressures and power of the darkness of circumstances by moving towards God first and foremost.
9. Go the way God directs:
. . . Teach me your way, LORD;
lead me in a straight path . . .
Psalm 27:9-12
Learn to recognize God’s direction through studying God’s message in the Bible, taking time to pray, and finding guidance through your community of faith.  Do what God says to do and the pathway will lead you away from the enemy of life.  Respond to God with two words, “I will.”
10.  Live prophetically:
 I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13
Live with the belief that God is the God of more and will never lead you to a dead-end but rather to a new beginning in the “land of the living.”
11. Trust:
 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. Psalm 27:14
Three words are interchangeable in scripture–WAIT, TRUST, and HOPE.  These three words take the power away from an individual or situation giving us the strength to bind and anchor ourselves to the reality to the presence and power of God who wants more for humanity than can be imagined.
Fear can’t have you.
Speak the truth:

“God is with me.

God is my light.

God is my salvation.

God is my stronghold.”

–Kerrie

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I originally wrote some of this September 10, 2009–
Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2017 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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