February 2

Bible Reading: Psalm 91

There is an oriental legend of a traveler making his way to a large city. One night he meets two other travelers along the way. They introduce themselves to him as “Plague” and “Fear.” Furthermore, they explain that they are traveling to the city in order to claim the lives of 10,000 people. The traveler asks Plague if he does all of the killing. “Oh, no,” Plague replies, “I only kill a few. Fear kills all of the rest.”

It is said that a German physician used to speak of this Psalm as the best prescription in times of plague and pestilence. Its heavenly medicine inoculates us from fear and fear’s manifold maladies. A spoonful of this precious passages’ promises of God’s presence and protection produces an inexplicable internal tranquility, even in the midst of the most threatening external calamities.

It was the Apostle Paul who asked the question: “If God be for us, who [or what] can be against us?” Truly, there is nothing to fear if we are God’s children and He is our Heavenly Father. We can boldly declare with King David, “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?”

“Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. And lo, fear found no one at home.” (Anonymous)