Vs. 1, “Hear me, O God, as I voice my complaint; protect my life from the threat of the enemy.” The life David led was a violent one. From the beginning of Goliath, David would always have his enemies. To us it may not seem a great deal…but imagine death threats sent to you on a daily basis. Imagine numerous people verbally & physically trying to kill you. No wonder David turned to God for his protection. These threats were not empty threats, and that’s why we see David praying to God. The enemies did not fear (vs.4), but that would be their folly. Fortunately for David…he feared not so much his enemies…but had a Godly fear of the Lord! For it was this Godly fear that helped David depend on God & not himself.
Regarding application…What Do You Fear? On March 4th, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said in a radio speech regarding the great depression, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” There a few things in this life that I still fear today. I definitely fear heights. But I also fear that those I love who still are not Christians (My mom, my family) will die before its too late. Is fear healthy? Yes (if it is Godly)…No if it is not. Let me explain….if I feared failure…that would mean I probably would never venture out to accomplish anything because I would fear that I would fail. If I fear sharing Christ, because people may laugh at me….and what God intended for me will not be accomplished. If King David feareed all his enemies so much…than he would never be able to accomplish God’s will. What is the answer to overcoming our worldy fears? The answer: Faith. Our lives and our hope lie in the faith that God will help us oppose such fears!