All the Feels | Day Six
By: Taylor Cage | FEAR | To type in your answers to today’s study, click here.
Today, we begin the second half of our feelings study through the book of Psalms which means it’s a great time to pause and evaluate how things are going so far! Take a moment and think back on all of the emotions that we’ve covered so far.
Write down a quick note about all the emotions we’ve covered so far in the study. Then, mark the ones that you know you’ve improved on since starting this study.
Ask God to continue to show you how to handle your emotions in a way that honors Him. Take a moment and praise God for doing such a great work in you so far.
Growing up I was terrified of the dark. I used to wake up and call for my parents in the middle of the night because I couldn’t stand to be alone in the darkness. One night, my mom tucked me in bed with an index card in hand. On it, she’d written a verse from the psalm we’re going to study together today. It said: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; who shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid.”
That night before bed, my mom and I recited this verse together, and we did it every night until we no longer had to look at the index card to say it together. So, while there are still times that I get a twinge of fear in the darkness, I’m so thankful I learned from an early age exactly where to take fear.
Fear is a feeling we’re all familiar with, and as with many other emotions, it’s an emotion acknowledged and addressed extensively by the psalmists. Fear comes in many shapes and sizes, but thankfully our God is bigger than even your biggest fear.
Take a moment and make a short list of the physical, emotional, and spiritual fears you might have in the chart below.
Pause and pray before you open God’s Word today. Ask Him to give you a new perspective on fear through the Scripture you’re about to read.
READ Psalm 27:1-3.
What adjectives does David use to describe God in these verses?
What would it look like for God to be the stronghold of your life?
How does David remain confident and not afraid amidst the turmoil of life?
According to this passage, the Lord is David’s stronghold or David’s refuge. David remained confident in the Lord and unafraid because He found refuge in the Lord. As believers, when we experience fearful things in our life, we have to choose to make the Lord our refuge, meaning we make Him our safe place.
READ Psalm 27:4-14. What is the one thing David asks of the Lord?
By asking the Lord to dwell in his house forever and ever, David is putting his hope in eternal life, and we can do the same. Because of Jesus, we have nothing to fear because we have an eternal hope in the Kingdom of Heaven.
What would it practically look like to seek God’s face in your daily life?
What does David ask of God concerning his enemies?
In the last verse, what is David challenging himself and others to do when they are afraid?
What steps can you take to live up to the challenge?
Take some a few moments at the end of your time with the Lord today to lay your fears before Him. Turn your fear into worship and praise God for being bigger than all your fears.