Psalm 61:1-3

Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For You have been a shelter for me,
A strong tower from the enemy.

Not too long ago, I took my older teen to the oral surgeon to get his wisdom teeth removed. We arrived on time, but we were not called immediately. Their office phone was ringing constantly, and I realized that the calls had to do with complicated recoveries. My thought process began to shift to worrying about the procedure my son was about to undergo. We were already told his recovery might be difficult because of a pre-existing medical condition. Because worrying is one of my prominent sin struggles, I am pretty sure that the enemy had something to do with those phone calls coming in when they did.

When I am dealing with fear and anxiety, I often turn to the psalms. Psalm 61 was most likely written by David when he was in hiding, and it encourages us to lift our concerns up to God. He does not give us a spirit of fear. That is from the enemy. Our God is our strong tower from the enemy, and He never leaves us helpless. The “rock that is higher than I” is a wonderful image of safety. It is good to know that when our hearts are overwhelmed, we can rest secure in the hands of our Father.

Father, please give us a spirit of humility, so that what You say in your Word overrules how we feel. Your Word says that you have not given us a spirit of fear, and that you will provide refuge from the one who does. May we find comfort in these truths today.

– Tricia Durst