Psalms 34:4-5 NKJV I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. (5) They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed.
The title or introduction to this Psalm is “A Psalm of David When He Pretended Madness Before Abimelech, Who Drove Him Away, and He Departed.” Further study of this Psalm from 1 Samuel 21-22 shows us that after David fled Abimelech (also called Achish), people from all over flocked to him. 1 Samuel 22:2 tells us these people were distressed, discontented, impoverished and in debt. The people that came to him were full of anxieties, worries and fears. But something happened to these 400 men that had been down trodden by life and living in shame. That something caused them to courageously join and fight alongside David. These distressed and fearful men ultimately became men to fear even being referred to as his “mighty men” (2 Samuel 23:8).
Here’s what happened. They looked to Him (the Lord). These men saw David in a low moment driven by his fears first to try and seek help from the Philistine king, an enemy of Israel (remember Goliath was a Philistine), and then flee from his presence fearing he would be killed. Then they witnessed him turn to the Lord magnifying and blessing His Holy name. They saw the transformation of David through His worship of God which led to his deliverance and freedom from fear. Desiring the same freedom, they looked to the Lord too.
Those men, who were looked down on and beat up in life through circumstances and filled with shame, experienced the same transformation that David did when he sought the Lord. They found light and comfort in Him. David records as those men sought the Lord and looked to Him that a change took place in their countenance. They were now beaming with confidence and there was no shame, which is always accompanied by fear, on their faces.
Just like David looked to the Lord and was freed from fear and those 400 men inspired by the change in him looked to the Lord and experienced freedom too, ALL those who look to the Lord have the same freedom available. Three weeks ago (#133) we looked at our fearless nature in Christ. It is still yours today. You are fearless.
Realize it and let it shine. When you do others will look to you and can follow your example. When they look to Him they can access that same freedom from fear and experience that same freedom from shame. Look to Him and Fear Not! Let your light shine. Inspire others to look to Him and they’ll Fear Not!
Throughout the Scripture God has had a lot of practice setting people free from fear. Moses, Joshua, Gideon, David, and these 400 men are just a few examples. The same way He delivered them and helped them get free from their fears, He’s delivered you and will help you walk in the freedom He’s already provided. Let your light shine. Fear Not!