We are in an amazing study guide on the prayer line called Courage to Conquer. Currently we are in lesson 1, Courage when fear dominates you. The scriptual context comes from Psalms 34:1-9. There are four subsections in this chapter:
I. We Need courage to offer up our praise.
II. We need courage to own our problem
III. We need courage to overcome through prayer
IV. We need courage to obtain God’s provision
a. God’s provision involves deliverance
b. God’s provision involves a deliverer
This morning we discussed section III. We need courage to over come through prayer. In Psalm 34 the superscription reads in the Amplified version, A Psalm of David; when he pretended to be insane before Abimelech, who drove him out, and he went away. The overview discusses David’s rise to prominence in Israel ( 1 Samuel 17) starting with his victory over Goliath which caused him great popularity, so great the women sang as they danced , and said,” Saul has slain thousands and David his ten thousands” (1 Samuel 18:7) This caused the king of Israel Saul to be furious and jealous of David. At one point Saul comissioned 30,000 soldiers to find and kill David. So for years David found him self constantly on the run seeking the Lord for direction, strength and protection. During this time period David was not always successful and when he should have been depending on the Lord he was doing his own thing. Which is exactly what many of us do when we get into difficult situations. We operate in our own strength instead of relying on God.
David was promised the throne by God and he was being hunted down like a common criminal by Saul. Dr. David Jeremiah the author of this study guide does an amazing job describing the course of Davids life. Despite the struggle and fear for his life in Psalms 34:1-3 David speaks when he moves from the pain of his life to the praise of his lips.
“I will bless the Lord at all times “… “His praise shall continually be in my mouth”… “My soul shall make its boast in the Lord”… ” Oh magnify the Lord”…”Let us exalt his name together”.
David praised the Lord in the midst of his storm to get his fears into perspective and that is the first thing we need to do. The second thing we need to do is to own our fears and admit them to the Lord. (Psalms 34:4-5) We also need to turn to serious prayer which is third thing.
Over the last two weeks this study has been amazing! We have been praising God because he is doing some great things in our lives. Today as our session came to an end we discussed the very last thing Dr. Jermiah reviews in this section which is how when we fear someone other than God. That person is the last person we think about at night and the first person we think about in the morning. But that is who God is suppose to be in our lives! So fear can cause you to make some one besides God number one in your life. It is only as we overcome through prayer that fear can be reduced by trust. So trust in the Lord and believe that he can deliver you from all your fears as well as give you a peace that surpasses all understanding. Again I just want to say amazing simply amazing. I love the fundamental tools this study provides. It allows you to see that our fears are shown in their true size – small! – compared to the size of our God: huge! Please pray for the prayer line as we continue to grow and join us every Tuesday and Thursdays @ 7:30am CT.
*Discussion points can be found in Courage to Conquer by Dr. David Jeremiah