“I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, for You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities.” Psalm 31.
In this blog post, I will share what it means to release your fear to God, which is the very first step to healing, freedom, and living your life the way God intends you to live.
We all have troubles and pain in our lives, just as David did in the bible. And God sees our troubles, just as he saw David’s. In the bible we read that David confidently puts his trust in God. David doesn’t rely on his own strength, but commits his spirit to God. He tells God in Psalm 31, “I am in trouble.”
David goes into detail regarding the trouble He is experiencing. He shares with God the adversity that he is bearing in his soul, because David knows the “adverse effects” that he will experience in his soul if he does not give them to God.
Some of the adverse effects he tells God (The Great Physician) he is experiencing are:
- “My eyes waste away with grief”
- “Yes my soul and my body is spent with grief, my years with sighing.”
- “My strength fails because of my iniquities and my bones waste away.”
David captures all of his symptoms by saying, “Fear is on every side.”
Then comes the, “But as for me…”
David makes a choice to take hold of courage and release the stronghold of fear. He makes a choice to say, “I trust in you lord, I say you are my God…My times are in Your hands.”
The stronghold of fear was falsely saying to him, “I am sad in my haste, I am cut off from before your eyes.”
David knows that God preserves the faithful, gives us courage, and strengthens our hearts. In David we see that we must come to God in our despair even if we are crawling on our knees.
When we are in trouble we can be reminded that God sees the adversities in our souls that keep a stronghold on us. Our times are in God’s hands.
When we don’t trust ourselves and the fear tries to overwhelm us, we can entrust ourselves to God.
God sees our adversity. We are not “cut off from God’s eyes.”
God will preserve us, give us courage and strengthen our heart. We just need to seek Him.
The Message translation of Psalm 31:24 says, “Be brave, be strong. Don’t give up. Expect God to get here soon.”
5 Practical Ways to Release Your Troubles to God:
1. Prayer – Talk to God just as freely and openly as David did. Don’t let the fear you’re facing create a divide between yourself and God. Instead, run to Him and pour your heart out. Cast your cares upon Him.
2. Journal- Write out your anguish as a way to release your fear to God. Pick up a pen and begin writing out all of your thoughts, fears, hurts, pains, and wounds as they come to your mind. Write, write, and write some more until it is all out.
3. Worship – Release your fear by singing and declaring God’s truth over your circumstances. As Paul and Silas sang in prison, you can sing and find freedom in your heart right where you are. Praising God in the midst of fear feels counterintuitive, but that’s where we find freedom.
4. Counsel – Talk with a mentor or counselor about the fear you are facing. Confession is a powerful thing. It is also wise to listen to the perspective of mentors and counselors. Open your heart to what they have to say and listen to the advice of those that you trust.
5. Community – A small group of friends, maybe a church bible study group, can be a strong support system and anchor in your life. When you confess what you’re going through, your circle of support will be able to pray with you through the tough seasons of life. We all need a circle that we can lean on. Release your fear in the safety of Godly community.