David’s fear of the enemy. The king asked to be preserved not from the enemy but from the fear of the enemy.
Fear and faith cannot live in the same heart (Mark 4:40). If the enemy can make you afraid, he has almost won the battle. A calm heart makes a confident soldier.
The enemy’s fear of nothing. They “do not fear” (v. 4) to form secret plans or lead open insurrections. (Absalom’s rebellion, perhaps?) Their words are like swords and arrows, and they set hidden traps. It looks like David is defeated! The fear of the Lord. “But God” is the turning point in the story. When the enemy least expect it, God shoots at them, and they fall into their own traps.
“All men shall fear” (v. 9), and the righteous shall be glad. Conquering Fear On March 4, 1933, during the dark days of the depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said in a radio speech, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” On September 7, 1851, the naturalist Henry David Thoreau wrote in his journal, “Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.” Three centuries before that, the French essayist Montaigne wrote, “The thing of which I have most fear is fear.” People in all ages of history have fought their fears in one way or another, but the only thing that really conquers fear is faith in the Lord: “I will trust and not be afraid” (Isa. 12:2).
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