Do you ever wonder what it would take to remain fearless when enemies rise or disasters fall?
What does it take to have this kind of confidence?
Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then will I be confident. (v. 3)
What does it take to be fearless?
David tells us it takes only one thing.
One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple. (v. 4)
Seek God, not safety.
Focus on the Father, not your circumstances.
When we seek God, when we worship, we see God for who He really is. He is the LORD, Yahweh, the covenant keeping God. The LORD is our shelter, our stronghold, our refuge, our protector, our Savior. No enemy can stand against Him.
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. (v. 5)
Safety is not found in a place, but in a person: The LORD, Yahweh.
When our focus is on Him, we have no reason to fear.
One thing makes us fearless.
- The fearless know who God is.
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? (v. 1)
- The fearless seek God’s face.
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, LORD, I will seek. (v. 8)
- The fearless rest in God’s acceptance.
Though my father and mother forsake me,
the LORD will receive me. (v.10)
- The fearless want to learn God’s ways.
Teach me your way, O LORD;
lead me in a straight path…(v. 11)
- The fearless are confident in God’s goodness.
I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living. (v. 13)
- The fearless wait for God to act.
Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD. (v. 14)
We may not be facing an external battle like David. But the anxieties of daily life can distract us and plant seeds of fear. We look around and fear we are doing too much and others too little. We worry about our to do lists and what others think.
Jesus recognized these anxieties in his friend, Martha. When Jesus came to visit, Martha was distracted and frustrated by the many things she thought she had to do. Her sister, Mary, was focused on Jesus, sitting at his feet, listening to what He said.
In love, Jesus addressed Martha’s fears that her list would not get done and that her sister would get by without helping.
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42
Only one thing is needed to fight the enemy of worry.
Only one thing is needed to fight the enemy of comparison.
Only one thing is needed to fight the enemy within.
Only one thing is needed to face the day without fear.
David worshipped at the tabernacle.
Mary worshipped at Jesus’ feet.
Both chose the one thing that can never be taken away.
Both chose worship.
We become fearless not because of what we have or what we can do.
We become fearless when we worship, when we seek God for who He is.
Father, I want to choose one thing: to worship You. I want to know You better each day. I want to seek You, not relief. I place my confidence in You, not in my plans. Teach me Your ways, O LORD.. You are my light and my salvation. You are my safe place. I will not be afraid. Amen.