WHAT WOULD YOU SAY is the most frequent command in Scripture? “Be good”? “Be holy”? Or, negatively, “Don’t be immoral”? No. The most frequent command in the Bible is: “Don’t be afraid.” “Fear not.”
… The command not to fear is a practical application of a major biblical theme: trusting God. “Don’t be afraid” is one more way for God to say: “Trust me!” We are continually invited to have confidence in the Holy One.
…Trust doesn’t come naturally. One way we learn to do it is to train our mind to go to certain places, especially when we’re afraid. A familiar “place” people have gone for centuries has been Psalm 23, which is a “confidence psalm.” …
Part of how we can celebrate this trust in God is to form pictures in our mind from the psalm’s words and then hold on to these pictures when drawn toward fear.
Weavings, May/June/July 2012
From “Confidence: I Have Everything I Need” by Jan Johnson, in Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life, May/June/July 2012. Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
What words in Psalm 23 calm your fears the most? Share your thoughts.
And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
1 John 5:11, NRSV
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