Have you ever feared for your life? I think at different times in our lives we’ve all experienced fright. I hate it. It’s the reason I don’t watch horror movies. Fright and the fear of dying also makes my anxiety jump to the Nth degree, so I just try to stay away from it as much as possible. Plus, in the few times I’ve experienced genuine fright in real-life situations, I have bitterly failed in reacting in that calm, cool and reserved manner which heroes do in movies. My reactions each time were ugly and helped no one. And I certainly can’t remember praying during those moments. David might not have prayed exactly in those moments, either, but his description in today’s psalm about how he felt in moments of fear reminded me of my own moments. It’s sort of comforting to know that even great kings and warriors like David got scared, so scared that fear and trembling overwhelmed him, and he couldn’t stop shaking (v. 5). Now, that’s the feeling of being terrified, and if you’ve ever felt it, that feeling alone is scary. It’s super hard to concentrate on anything but that fright in moments like these, and it’s even harder to “Give your burdens to the Lord (v. 22)” when your heart is beating out of your chest and you don’t know whether this is your day to die or your day to eat tacos. And that’s ok. However, if you do live through the fright, don’t forget to thank God for the tacos.
Sum it up:
Do you have a moment?
I’m scared out of my wits here,
And I’m not sure what to do.
I need your help.
Could you offer me a hand, please?
I don’t want to hurt my friend.
I WISH he didn’t want to hurt me.
Why did he have to act this way?
His betrayal is what hurts the most.
Still, it is what it is,
And I am here, and he is there.
And only You can sort this mess.
I will wait until that day comes.
Writing prompt: frightening
Write about your most frightening moment.