We are in the Christian season of Lent, which is a time of repentance. One of the greatest hindrances to repenting and believing is fear. We reason in our heads that if I was to do the turn-around-thing that something bad or painful will occur. We feel afraid in our hearts of what will happen if we take a repentant course of action, and we end up doing nothing but being stymied by fear.
The answer to fear is a robust faith in God. The psalmist makes it plain that with attention and focus squarely on God, fear is tamed and exposed as a toothless beast. “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The LORD is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid?” Even if embracing repentance leads to a change of life which others, especially family, do not appreciate and they heap abuse upon you, the Lord God Almighty will show you steadfast love and mercy. “Even if my father and mother forsake me,” said the psalmist, “the LORD will take me in.”
Getting to know God enables us to persevere with patience instead of scurrying about like scared rabbits. When we practice repentance and hug faith in the Lord, a settled sense of peace and purpose begin to take hold so that we endure through suffering. Difficult circumstances will not always be the norm. “Wait for the LORD, take courage, be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD!” Praying this psalm repeatedly through the trials of life can help us with faith and patience in those times when words fail us due to fear.
Hear my voice, Lord God, when I call; have mercy on me and answer me. “Come,” says my heart, “seek his face;” your face, Lord, do I seek! Do not hide your face from me; do not repel me in anger. You are my salvation; do not cast me off; do not forsake me, God my Savior! Amen.