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When I was a kid, I was very afraid of the dark.  I was not so much afraid of the dark itself; I was afraid of the things that lurked in the dark. One week in Sunday school, we learned verse three of this Psalm–“When I am afraid, I will trust in You!”  Like a theologian, I quoted that verse whenever I had to carry out the trash at night, or when I heard noises in the closet after I went to bed.  That verse is still a comfort–even today.

David also clung to God when he was afraid. Running from the Philistines, King Saul or his son Absalom–often, God was all that was left. So David, the man after God’s own heart, called and held tightly to the one stable force in a very precarious and unstable world–God! That steadfast faith carried him through many dark days and made his reign as king unforgettable.

Today, amidst all the self-help, pharmaceuticals, counseling and security technology; God remains the one stable force in an unstable world. Like David, we are pounded on every side and seeking a safe harbor in the ever-growing storm. God provides the safety and security the world simply cannot offer. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.  That is why we can say today, as David did so long ago, “When I am afraid, I will trust in you!!!”

God Bless You

Be merciful to me, my God,
    for my enemies are in hot pursuit;
    all day long they press their attack.
My adversaries pursue me all day long;
    in their pride many are attacking me.

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
    In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?…

8 Record my misery;
    list my tears on your scroll[d]
    are they not in your record?
Then my enemies will turn back
    when I call for help.
    By this I will know that God is for me.

10 In God, whose word I praise,
    in the Lord, whose word I praise—
11 in God I trust and am not afraid.
    What can man do to me?

12 I am under vows to you, my God;
    I will present my thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered me from death
    and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God
    in the light of life.