My burden – Fear
Take for example, Peter walking on the water. Peter was a fisherman and he sure knew how to swim. Whenever he got a chance, he jumped into the waters. The Gospels have recorded such instances. But, when he was walking on the water, he took his eyes off Jesus Christ and the next thing happening: he was sinking.
But, he was a fisherman and he knew how to swim… but the Bible is very clear: Peter was sinking. Because he was so afraid of the circumstances, he totally forgot that he could swim.
It is such a kind of fear, a paralyzing fear the Psalmist is talking about in Psalm 55:5.
Fear and trembling have come on me, and horror has covered me. – Psalm 55:5 (MKJV)
The word used here for ‘fear’ is used normally for a specific purpose… the fear of the LORD. The fear of the LORD is not used in the same sense we use the word ‘fear’. It is means “to be in awe of”, or “reverence”. So when the Bible talks about “the fear of the LORD”, it actually is talking about “being in awe of the LORD” or having “absolute reverence for the greatness of our LORD”.
Why are we in awe of the LORD? Because He is the LORD Almighty. Because He can do anything He wants, for He is All-Powerful.
Then why is David using the same word to describe his situation? Because not only that word described his situation accurately, it also describes our situation today.
How many times you have been crippled by fear? How many times you knew what to do, but were unable to do anything because of fear? How many times your situation was so powerful, you were dumbstruck, not even moving a tiny muscle?
Dear friend, there are times in our life, when we become paralyzed with fear. We look at the circumstances around us, and suddenly like Peter, we don’t know what to do and the circumstances start to overpower us.
It may be a family matter.
It could be your finances.
It could be something that has happened in your past, and the fear of it resurfacing your life today.
It could be a temptation that is being a stumbling block now and then.
It could be a spiritual attack that is overwhelming.
It could be the slanderous comments that others are passing around about you.
It could be the betrayal by a friend.
For each one of us, depending upon our personality, it could be anything. For some of us, it is money. (Not the love of money, just a situation where they need money.) For some of us, false accusations. For some of us, the sufferings of our loved ones. For others, it is the sin that keeps popping out often.
But all these have one thing in common: at the very sight of it, we freeze. We are dumbstruck. We know for sure it is going to overwhelm us.
Dear friend, do you have such a fear paralyzing your life? Is there a fear hidden somewhere that would cripple you the moment you face it? Then follow the suggestion of the Psalmist.
Cast your burden, this burden of fear, this fear that cripples and paralyzes your life, on the LORD and He will sustain you. – Psalm 55:5
But to do that, you need to do one small thing. Stop looking at that fear. If you know such a situation is going to arise, such a temptation is on the way, don’t panic. Look at Jesus Christ, the Author and Perfecter of our faith. Look at His calm face. Look at His kind eyes. Look at Him, and say with confidence,
Philippians 2:1-2“[Imitating Christ’s Humility] Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.”
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Posted on September 14, 2013, in Christian Life, Daily Manna, Strong Tower and tagged Cast your burden on the LORD and He will sustain you, Fear, Fear and trembling have beset me, I will trust in You, My burden, Peter walking on water, Psalm 55:22, Psalm 55:5, Psalm 56:3, When I am afraid. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.