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I Will Not Fear
THE FAITH OF AND TRUST OF PSALMS    56:4-5
 
"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?"
 
This 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."  
 
TODAY: Reframe your situation - and channel your fear - into a new, fresh level of faith and trust in HaShem.


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