141. Shut Yourself Up In Him and Fear Not!

Psalms 48:3-6 NLT  God Himself is in Jerusalem’s towers, revealing Himself as its defender.  (4)  The kings of the earth joined forces and advanced against the city.  (5)  But when they saw it, they were stunned; they were terrified and ran away.  (6)  They were gripped with terror and writhed in pain like a woman in labor.

Many times through the history of God’s people kings and enemy forces have risen up to overtake them.  In 2 Samuel 5, the princes of the Philistines sought to kill David after he was confirmed King over Israel but David went into the stronghold of Zion and God delivered his enemies to him.  2 Chronicles 14 tells of a mighty deliverance of King Asa from an Ethiopian army of 1,000,000 soldiers.  The Moabites and the Ammonites tried to take Jerusalem and overthrow Jehosophat (2 Chronicles 20).  In Isaiah 7:1 you see of the Syrians trying against Israel.  In 2 Kings 18, you see Sennacherib and his men trying to overthrow Hezekiah. These are all examples of “the kings of the earth” trying to take down God’s people.  As long as the people stayed focused on God as their deliverer and listened to Him, they had nothing to fear.

God, Himself is with His people and He is our defender.   All we have to do is just stay behind Him.  Safely tucked in Him we have nothing to fear.  He’ll lead us and guide us by His Word and His Spirit regarding what to do.  Many times our response is to not do anything but to trust Him and worship Him in the midst of the attack.  When we stay firmly planted in Him and the reality of our Victory in Christ, there is no circumstance we need to fear.  The Father is unshakable.  His city is impregnable.  All we have to do is simply stay inside.  When we do, the enemy will, “…take one look and shake their heads, they will scatter and run away.  They will double up in pain like a woman having a baby. (Ps 48:5-6 MSG (tense changed))”

We aren’t dealing with literal kings of the earth in our lives today.  But we do deal with fears that come and threaten you, your household, or your family.  They come in a vast array of forms:  economy, catastrophes, disease, etc….  But you don’t have to fear.  He is our defender.  When they attack, don’t open the door.  Stay inside.  Take those fearful thoughts captive (2 Cor 10:5, Phil 4:8) and stay on the Word.  Stay in the Word.  Do what He tells you to do.  Don’t fear.  Guess what the enemy will do when they see there’s no way in?  They’ll flee in pain and terror from you.  Shut yourself up in Him and FEAR NOT!

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