Saturday, December 26, 2015

Fear Not [no.32] Psalms

Felix Just (S.J., Ph.D.) created one of the resources I have used extensively to find the "fear not" verses in the Bible. So if you consult his list you can see the ones I've skipped over.

I also like his comments at the top of the page. He reminds us that

The most commonly repeated phrase in the whole Bible, 
in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, is 
“Have no fear!” or “Do not be afraid!”

Also, he sums up the various verses thusly:
  • On the one hand, God tells us that we need not be afraid of any person, circumstance, or created thing. God loves us and cares for us; God is with us and protects us, even in times of suffering or hardship. God's faithful love extends even beyond the limits of our mortal lives.
  • On the other hand, it is good to have an appropriate "fear" of God, but of God alone. This "fear" is not meant as a terrified expectation of punishment, but rather in the sense of a "reverential respect," similar to but even greater than the respect we owe to persons in legitimate authority: parents, civic leaders, or religious leaders.
With that, I move on to Psalms and perhaps one of the most widely known ones...

For an explanation of this Fear Not series, read my first post on the nature of fear.

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