Reign of Terror
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.”
The word “terror” is akin to “terrible” from a Latin term meaning “great fear.” Every day the headlines speak of “terror threats,” “terror plots” and “terror attacks.” From the surveillance of our communication to the checkpoints at our airports, our world has become a different place because of terror.
The heroes of the Bible faced great fear too. Job said, “Terrors overwhelm me” (Job 30:15, NIV). David said, “My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me” (Psalm 55:4). Jeremiah spoke of “the terrors” that surrounded him (Lamentations 2:22).
Psalm 91 tells us what to do in such times, whether the fear is public panic or personal anxiety: “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty …. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night.”
We all experience some heart-pounding moments in life, but the Most High is always there to afford us peace and protection. God’s children have a safe and secure refuge under the shadow of the Almighty.
Destructive anxiety subtracts God from the future, faces uncertainties with no faith, and tallies up the challenges of the day without entering God into the equation.
Max Lucado, in Fear Not Promise Book