31 January 2013

Fear is normal but...

Fear is normal but there is a remedy...

      Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
        I will fear no evil,
       for you are with me;
        your rod and your staff,
        they comfort me.
       (Psalm 23:4 ESV)
For thy staff and thy crook comfort me. What need would he have had of that consolation, if he had not been disquieted and agitated with fear? It ought, therefore, to be kept in mind, that when David reflected on the adversities which might befall him, he became victorious over fear and temptations, in no other way than by casting himself on the protection of God. This he had also stated before, although a little more obscurely, in these words, "For thou art with me." This implies that he had been afflicted with fear. Had not this been the case, for what purpose could he desire the presence of God? Calvin, John (2009-06-03). Commentary on Psalms - Volume 1 - Enhanced Version (Calvin's Commentaries) (Kindle Locations 7433-7437). Christian Classics Ethereal Library. Kindle Edition.

David was afraid and we can be, too. Thus, we are given his words in the Scriptures to therefore direct us and comfort us. Let the fear drive us to Christ to find peace and rest this week.

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