Storehouse of Fear
by Jana Kennedy-Spicer on February 2nd, 2021

Today's reading assignment: read all of Psalm chapter 34.

As a kid, one of my favorite places to be was my aunt and uncle’s farm. And on that farm, my brother and I spent a lot of time playing in the hay barn. We climbed mountains, built forts, wrestled, conquered imaginary foes and sky dived off those towering bales of hay. I don’t know how large that hay barn actually was, but to us, it seemed like another world inside an airplane hanger.

So why I am talking about hay barns?

As I was studying today’s scripture, two things were impressed upon me.....


Storehouse of Fear


The first being the Hebrew word used for “all my fears” is mə·ḡū·rō·w·ṯay, which means storehouse, granary, or barn.

I was immediately transported back to my uncle’s haybarn. It was enormous with stacked towers of square bales of hay which seem to reach the sky. It was a lot of hay. Then I thought, are my fears stacked up and stored like that?


Verse Mapping Psalm 34:4

Storehouses, granaries and barns have something in common. They all can hold an enormous amount. Think bulk. Or if you are not familiar with the farm lingo, think Costco. Bulk.

Bulk fears. Not one. Not two. BULK. All stored up and kept, tucked away and protected.

Yet even from all these fears, God CAN and WILL deliver us IF WE SEEK HIM.

In context, David writes this psalm as an expression of thanksgiving for God’s protection and deliverance from the king of Gath (read ! Samuel 21). David does not take credit for this deliverance either; and in verse 4, he specifically speaks of God answering his prayers.

Heavenly Hunting


The second thing I learned from this scripture, is that David sought (desired, needed, hunted) after God to provide a solution to his problem. 

David did not rely on his own wisdom or trust his own plans, but went to God for guidance and protection.

Too often IF I even turn to God when I am confronted by my fears, I just ask for help. You might think, isn’t that what we are supposed to do, ask God for help?

Well, yes, but look at the words which can be substituted for “sought” in this scripture: follow, frequent, worship, desired, needed, hunted. All reveal that seeking after God is more than just an ‘ask’. It requires, consistency, purpose, determination.

If you loose your car keys, do you stand in the middle of the room and ask, “where are you?”

No. You go through every pocket, flip couch cushions, clean out the purse, you hunt and dig and search until the keys are found.

The Holy Spirit is convicting my heart today, is that how I seek after God?

Seeking God


Seeking God is not meant to be cumbersome or awkward. When we have a personal relationship with God, talking to him spiritually becomes as natural as chatting with our best friend.

Let's look at three ways we can seek God and build this relationship.


1. Meet with God daily
In Colossians 4:2 we are encouraged, "Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful." Prayer is opportunity for constant communication with God. It's not about when and where or a physical position, but it is about our heart's position. The good news is, God is ready and waiting to hear from us. No appointment needed. No formalities.

2. Talk to God about everything
I will let you in on something, God already knows everything that is going on in your life. He knows your heart. He knows your thoughts. You can't surprise him, and you also can not keep anything from him. So open up, be real, share your feelings, hurts, anxieties. "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

3. Worship God above all others
True worship requires a humble heart. When we recognize God's rightful place as our Lord and Savior we also acknowledge our place as his follower. "Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!" Psalm 95:6

Reflection

  • Which one of the previous steps do you struggle with the most? 
  • What can you begin doing today in that area, to build a better relationship with God?

Father, forgive me for being casual about seeking your presence. Help me to recall this scripture and this lesson when dread and fear begin to invade my heart. In Jesus name, Amen.

I would love to share some additional resources with you, so check out the links below.


Blessings Soul Friends,
JANA KENNEDY SPICER, Founder of Sweet To The Soul Ministries, is a wife, mom and Nana. She is a born and raised Texas girl who loves boots, sunflowers and sweet tea. She has a heart for studying God’s Word and is passionate about encouraging women to do the same. After a 30 year corporate career, God called her to share her art and love of Bible Study with others. Her favorite part of ministry is where her faith and art collide! This is the sweet spot where souls become inspired. She is the author of Let Your Light Shine: Being a Light in a Dark World and Gracious Words: Speaking with Kindness and Mercy; and the illustrator of the scripture based Garden of Life Coloring Book and Coloring the Scriptures.
    


Resources

SCRIPTURE READING LIST
Want to learn more about Seeking God? We have a 31-day Scripture Reading List which will guide you through God's Word to learn what it has to teach us about #SeekingGod.

PRAY MORE AND WORRY LESS

Mitzi Neely shares about how we can focus less on things which cause us worry and spend more time in prayer.

VERSE MAPPING
Did our scripture illustration catch your attention? I would love to introduce you to Verse Mapping. Visit Unlocking The Bible Series - Verse Mapping

BIBLE STUDY JOURNALS
We offer several topical Bible Study Scripture Journals through Amazon. You can also download FREE blank study pages here on our website.


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