“Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble” [Psalm 119:165]
New beginnings are by nature uncertain times. Worry, someone once said, is a small trickle of fear that meanders through the mind until it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained. We are almost 50% through 2013 everywhere we turn change is occurring at ever increasing speed—and people are worried, anxious and disturbed.
The Psalmist said, “Do not fret… and repeats the advice in verse 8: ”…do not fret—it only causes harm”. The English word fret comes from the Old English fretan meaning to devour, to ear, to gnaw into something. The Hebrew word David actually used as he wrote in his original language is charah [ka-ra’] which has, at its root, the idea of growing warm and blazing up.
So think of worry as one of Solomon’s little foxes gnawing away at the fruit of peace—[S.S. 2:15] and Satan stirring up frustration and setting thoughts ablaze until your stress becomes great distress—that’s the picture of these uncertain, anxious, disturbing times.
The ability to turn stress into serenity is a high commodity—yet possible and totally free! Turn stress into serenity by taking David’s prescription. ”Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” [v.3-4] Trust, do good, dwell, enjoy, delight and receive the fruit of peace!
Further Reading: Psalm 37:1-11 – Philippians 4-9
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