I sought the Lord , and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.
Psalm 34:4-5 ESV
Only a couple of times in my life have strangers observed the truth of verse five in my life. Once at uni, when putting my shopping away, my flat mate’s friend observed how happy I seemed, and wondered what the secret was. I missed an opportunity to witness of my faith and simply claimed to have a sunny disposition!
A few months ago, a customer said to me, “do you just love life?” I half witnessed to him, of having a lot to be thankful for. But really, the secret of verse five is verse four.
Radiant, unashamed faces are the portion of those who seek the Lord. When we do so, He answers us. He delivers us from all our fears.
The Bible often tells us not to be afraid; and also to fear the Lord. That’s not a contradiction. It just means that if we fear the Lord, we’ll have nothing else we need to fear.
“We seek You Lord and thank You for answering us and casting out our fears. Thank You for the joy and honour You bestow upon us, in Christ’s name, amen”