Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?”
When I was a little kid and naughty, one of my punishment is to be locked up in an enclosed dark toilet. Until now, it has been one of my phobia since then, and when someone play a trick with me and off the lights when I’m in the toilet, I would scream.
Imagine having this kind of feeling emotionally, where darkness cloud your life to the extent that it makes you feel all hope is lost. I was once like that. Psalm 27:1 is one of the really powerful verse that I like to hold on to even till now. No one likes darkness, especially when you cannot see what lies ahead of your life when things are not going well in the present life. I really like to share a method you can do one step at a time using bible verses that helps me really well.
Firstly, “Let go, and Let God!”. But it is easier said than done. This is the first step I will do: Focus on “NOW”.
Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Psalm 46:1-2 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed. And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.”
These two verses are really good verses to keep me focus on my present situation. Especially Psalm, when David wrote that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble…” How great is that, God is here with me “NOW”, so why should I look for Him in the tomorrow when He is already with me in my present life.
Secondly, I like to remind myself of David. As you all know the story, during David times, His life was constantly being chased by his enemies including his own blood family, Absalom. For someone who had to always avoid being killed, I am pretty sure the fear he had is greater than I can imagine. However in the book of Psalms, David wrote such beautiful “poetry-like” words on how he saw God. For a man who did not has Jesus as a savior to really believe God with all his heart knowing God is with him and he shall not fear is really something very encouraging to me. Below are verses from Psalms (aside from those I have quoted above)
Psalm 23:4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
Psalm 34:4 “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.”
When I remind myself of David, it makes me appreciate the verse below a lot. Because David had it hard, but I have Jesus who will overcome my fears for me and all I need to do is rest in His works.
John 8:12 “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life'”.
Now look, this makes me even more in a safe place because I have Jesus, the Son of God.
So when you are fearful and darkness takes over your life, know that Light always overcome darkness.
Thirdly, I like to remind myself how POWERFUL God is. Not only did He raise the dead and heal the sick, but also the devil is afraid of Him!
Deuteronomy 10:17 “For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe.”
He is the King of kings! So what can a mere human do to me?
These are my simple steps to stay positive in my life because I know God is always with me. ALWAYS. Hope you find this useful and I will love to hear what helps you to stay away from the darkness in your life (: God bless