"In the day when I fear, I
will put my trust upon You! In Elokim, I will praise His word; in Elokim I
have put my trust - I will not fear; what can man do to me?"
exuberant declaration of King David's steadfast trust in HaShem reveals one of
the great secrets of faith. Mainly, the master of faith utilizes the challenges
of life to raise himself to new levels of faith and empowerment. Even if he
temporarily fears when faced with a difficult test, he immediately channels that
fear into a stronger level of trust.
In this light, King David said,
"In the day I fear, I will put my trust in You." That is, when the day brings me
to a fearful situation, I immediately "put my trust in You." Rather, then let
the fear rule over me, I rule over the fear by strengthening my faith.
Then King David said, "In Elokim I have put my trust - I will not
fear." This statement seems to contradict the first statement, in which King
David states "In the day when I fear."
Rather, King David teaches us the
dynamics of faith. "In the day when I fear" refers to a new challenge that
required him to attain a stronger level of faith. Like a weight-lifter that
strains for extra power to lift heavier weights, so too, King David, struggled
for a new dimension of trust to bear his new trial.
His fear did not
reflect a lapse of faith. Rather his fear revealed his courageous effort to
take on a new level of trust in HaShem, i.e., In the day when I fear, I will put
my trust upon You. Once he adjusted to the "heavier load" he devotedly
declared, "In Elokim I have put my trust - I WILL NOT FEAR."
Reframe your situation - and channel your fear - into a new, fresh level of
faith and trust in HaShem.