THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
FEAR AND TRUST
Today’s reading: Psalm 27:1-14
We are at war. Though war be waged against me” (v.3c);
we are engaged in all-out spiritual warfare. “When evildoers
come at me to devour my flesh” (v.2a); the enemy is
a roaring lion or a rampaging wolf waiting to devour us. “Though
an army encamp against me” (v.3a); we face evil forces,
diabolical forces led by Satan with hordes of demons, and
powerful earthly forces assaulting faith, family and life.
are a formidable enemy. But we are not to be afraid; “my
heart does not fear” (v.3b). What we are to do is to
trust in God; “even then do I trust.” (v.3d).
Notice that the opposite of fear is not courage, but trust.
Indeed, human courage might at times be foolhardiness, or
just misplaced machismo, or even simply stupidity.
trust in God is an entirely different posture. Since we belong
to God, since it is God who sends us off to battle, since
it is God who equips us and empowers us, then we look to Him,
and certainly not just to ourselves or our human resources.
This is God’s war, and as we fight for God, then God
fights for us. And God has already won the victory! Thus “these
my enemies and foes themselves stumble and fall.” (v.2b).
shelters us (v.5a), establishes us firmly on rock (v.5b),
protects us from enemies all around (v.6a), does not forsake
us but saves us (v.9b), guides our path (v.11), does not abandon
us (v.12a). With such trust, then we will have courage! “Wait
for the Lord, take courage; be stouthearted, wait for the
be not afraid, but simply trust in God. “The Lord is
my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The Lord is
my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid?”