Confronting Fear with Psalm 34

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How can we confront fear that plagues our hearts? Psalm 34 helps us.

My children fear the dark, a bad dream, even the shadow on the wall.

But they’re not the only ones. Shadows seem to project everywhere these days and cause us to want to hide or cease control.

I type this at my hair appointment, where I just talked with my stylist about politics (yes, we went there). She shared her fear of our government trying to control us. Could she trust them to make the best decisions? What happens behind closed doors? What news can she trust?

Whether shadows on the wall of our bedrooms, in government halls, or in our hearts—fear seems like a constant.

What fear do you have on your mind today?

Maybe Psalm 34 can help us.


Take a deep breath before you read.

I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.

4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.

8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
9 Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

11 Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to blot out their name from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
not one of them will be broken.

21 Evil will slay the wicked;
the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord will rescue his servants;
no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.


What did the Holy Spirit highlight for you as you read? Meditate on this for a moment.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 34:4

Do you fear (honor/revere) the Lord or is your heart distracted by fearing (horror/worry) the shadows in your life?


Pray about your reflections above or here is a prayer to guide you:

Father, Son, Holy Spirit, one and only true God, we worship you. Lord, you know my fears. You see them pattering in my heart and chanting in my head. Help me be like the psalmist—trusting, honoring, and submitting to you out of reverent awe. May you deliver me from all my troubles. Amen.

Truth to Carry

When I seek the Lord, he can deliver me from my fears (v.4).

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