Unfortunately, fear has always been a part of my life. When I was little, I was petrified at the thought of putting my head underwater in my Mamaw’s pool. My cousins and my younger brother swam underwater all the time. They had so much fun and they constantly teased me about it. It took me forever to get brave enough to take the plunge. Once I did, I couldn’t believe how easy it was. I had so much more fun swimming than I had sitting outside the water being scared. Even at a young age, I felt I had wasted a ton of time because I let my fear get the best of me.
Even now, fear seems to be a daily struggle for me. Some people are more bold and courageous than I am, but I’d venture to say that, like me, people are distressed by fear. So many times I think about how I’d live my life if fear were not an issue. I think about situations I’d handle differently if I weren’t so afraid to be honest or say something that needed to be said.
FEAR DURING WORSHIP
Honestly, many times I am bombarded by fear during worship. This includes on-stage and off-stage. I get so caught up in musical notes, trying not to be a distraction, trying not to mess up, and on and on. During every worship experience, I have to be intentional in steering my thoughts away from those things and focusing on the Subject of my worship.
What would my worship look like if I were fearless? What would be different? If I were all alone in a pitch-black room, what would change about the way I worship God? Fortunately, the Bible has plenty to say about fear. In those moments when I feel like I’m losing the battle, I find comfort in God’s word.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT FEAR?
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. - Psalm 34:44
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10
The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:10
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? – Romans 8:31
TRUST IN GOD
So, what parts of your life have you allowed fear to rule? How would you live differently if your fears didn’t exist? Would your worship look different? Would you be able to live more aligned with God’s purpose in your life? I know I would. My prayer for myself and for you is that you would release fear and grab onto trust. God has promised that he will be there for us. If God is for us, who can be against us? Whom shall we fear? I know I’ve come a long way from being the little girl who was afraid to get her face wet, but I still have a long way to go. Fear is something we will continue to overcome for the rest of our lives. The key is to not lose heart, to acknowledge our progress along the way, and to constantly work on trusting God.