Day 1

Day 1: Fear & Anxiety

Psalm 27:1-3, 13-14

1 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?

2 When the wicked advance against me
   to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes
   who will stumble and fall.
3 Though an army besiege me,
   my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
   even then I will be confident.

13 I remain confident of this:
   I will see the goodness of the Lord
   in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
   be strong and take heart
   and wait for the Lord.
Discussion: This current season has brought with it so much fear and anxiety as we worry about the health and financial stability of ourselves and our entire world. When fear and anxiety take hold, we often fall into negative patterns of thinking and begin to see only darkness around us. It is in these moments that we can turn to Psalm 27.

When we read Psalm 27 it seems clear that David had a confident hope in the faithfulness of God. He says over and over how he trusts God to bring about goodness in the world and shine a light through his life. This is the hope we all have as believers, so how can we bring it out in fullness when we are struggling with anxiety and fear? We learn strategies for dealing with these emotions from David’s psalm.

The psalmist uses rhetorical questions at the beginning of the psalm. He does not ask these questions because he does not already know the answer, but because there is power in the reminder of the answer. In our moments of fear and anxiety, we can also remind ourselves the truths about God and remember to see His goodness in all situations.

Verses 2-3 reveal that the psalmist has had to face real trouble in his life, and you will know this fact to be true should you read the entire psalm, which describes enemies surrounding him and his own family forsaking him. Even so, he ends the psalm in verses 13-14 by choosing to remain confident in the goodness of God. In the moments in life when fear and anxiety take hold and we begin to see only darkness and trouble all around us, we can remind ourselves who God is and trust that His goodness will reign in the end.

Engagement: 
  1. Read Psalm 27 again.
  2. Reflect on Psalm 27. Try to rephrase it into your own language and connect it to your own situation. If you enjoy writing or journaling, try to rewrite your own version of this psalm.
  3. Pray using Psalm 27 as your guide. Acknowledge Christ as your light and salvation. Describe the sources of your current fears to God. Ask God to give you strength and peace in the midst of your struggles. Remember to ways God has been faithful in the past. End your prayer by expressing your trust in God to bring about His good and perfect will.
  4. Worship God. Check out these songs on our playlist:  “The Everlasting” by Fellowship Creative & “The Goodness of God” by Bethel Music
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