“Putting Fear in Its Place”
Fully Known and Perfectly Loved
Psalm 63 • January 13, 2020 • Mary Schaeffer
There are lots of things in our lives that make us feel afraid. Whenever we are in the presence of, or confronted with, something that seems overpowering to us or that makes us feel very small and incapable or inadequate, fear is the normal reaction. Sometimes it’s an acute situation, and our fear helps us in the moment of crisis. Other times though, it’s a lingering insidious feeling of fear that just won’t leave us alone. It is at that point that we must decide whether we will let the fear control us, or whether we will put fear in its place.
The things we fear center around our:
• __________________________. What happens to the people we love is beyond our control.
• ________________. What happens tomorrow (or later today) is outside of our jurisdiction.
• ________________. We don’t dictate the details of our health or time of death.
There are proactive things we can do to break the grip of fear:
In Psalm 63 we get the inside scoop on a ______________________
King David had with the Lord when he was afraid. Reading about his life we find that he had the same kinds of fears we have, and we can glean wisdom from the way he responded to his fear.
• Lean in. Desperation can be a good thing because it helps us to recognize our limitations and our need for Someone bigger and stronger.
I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you…Psalm 63:1
• Remember your ________________________. When fear creeps into our hearts and we can’t seem to shake it, we can pour out our hearts to the God who created the Universe.
God, you are ____ God Psalm 63:1. When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3
• Meditate instead of ___________________.
I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better to me than life itself! I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. Psalm 63:2-3,6
• Worship. There’s something about ______________ truth that breaks through fear.
I will praise you with songs of joy. I sing for joy in the shadow of your protecting wings. Psalm 63:5,7
• Cultivate relationships with people who help you with ____________________.
If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble. Ecclesiastes 4:10