It is easy in these days to allow our hearts and minds to be filled with fear. To live confidently you and I must know who God is. As I first read Psalm 53 I read it wrong. As we often can do, I read it with others in mind rather than myself. I read this Psalm again in Timothy Keller’s devotional and I had to look at it differently. Here is his commentary on Psalm 53.
“Psalms 14 and 53 are virtually identical until verses 5 and 6. Psalm 14 is a warning to unbelievers to fear because God really exists. But Psalm 53 is a call to believers. God has defeated their enemies (verse 5), so why are they overwhelmed with dread where there is nothing to dread (verse 5)? There are seasons when we feel almost smothered by fears for our health, our families, our jobs, even for the overall state of the world. Dread is less specific than fear. It is an attitude that something is sure to go wrong, if it hasn’t already. Besides often being untrue, as the psalm says, it is an insult to our loving Savior, who will walk with us even if the worst does happen.” What a greater reminder of who our God is! He is faithful. He is sovereign. He walks with us.
Are you dreading the future today? Remember and believe what God has said.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6, 7
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.