“Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.” (Psalms 64: 1)
We often long for preservation, a saving grace for our lives. We are looking to be kept whole and healthy. We want our supply to remain and multiply, our youth to stay with us, and our lives to be peaceful. We pray to be preserved not only from those threats of physical danger and hatred, but to be kept safe in all ways.
This psalm reminds us that the essential thing we want taken from our lives is fear. This prayer is a plea for release from fear of the enemy, and I think this is the most healing place to begin our prayers as well. For, it is fear that robs us of peace. It is fear that hides the beauty of each day and its power to heal us, rather than harm us. It is this frightened sense of things that keeps us feeling limited, weary, apathetic, and truly not alive.
It is the fear itself that is a deadly and deadening experience. And our recourse is not in pretending we aren’t afraid or being humanly brave. It is in this turning to God, as the psalmist did, for the Truth. In our humble trust in God, we discover our Oneness with Him, and this brings assurance, serenity, confidence. When we turn to God, we turn away from trouble, and we can begin to free ourselves from the belief that our lives demand our fear, when they really demand our living!
Your voice is heard by God. He knows you and your life as He has made it to be and as He keeps it—in His Love, in His Mind, in His tender care and powerful, preserving presence.
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