• Debbie Howell

How the Bible Addresses Fear

This morning I read Psalm 56 in a new version – The Voice. I was amazed at how powerfully it addresses fear…

“When struck by fear, I let go, depending securely upon You alone. In God – whose word I praise – in God I place my trust, I shall not let fear come in.” (Psalm 56:3-4)

David is writing about the fear of people tracking him down and trying to kill him. Most of us aren’t dealing with that today, but anxiety and fear can rise up and attack us in ways that that seem just as real as human enemies. I wrote this Scripture in my new journal today and I want to share with you the process that enables me to draw on it when I need God’s power in my life.

I am going to be spending a lot of time during the next few weeks reading this, and other Scriptures that I will be journaling. This helps me to keep my mind focused on God and the power available to me through His promises. I will read it out loud, make it into a prayer (see example below) and work on memorizing them. I try to keep the Scriptures short so it’s not so overwhelming to memorize them. You may want to just start with one sentence from the Scripture and pray it for a week. As you pray for the Holy Spirit to plant God’s Word in your heart, you will begin to feel peace knowing that God’s Spirit in you will fight your fears.

Here’s a sample prayer from Psalm 56:3-4

God, I am so grateful that whenever fear strikes me I can let it go, because I depend securely on You. Because I trust You, fear will not be able to control me.

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