Lord, how they have increased who trouble me! —Psalm 3:1
My friend handed me a tall glass of water and told me to
hold it. The longer I held it, the heavier it felt.
Finally my hand grew tired, and I had to put the glass
down. “I’ve learned that worry can be like holding that
glass,” she said. “The longer I worry about something, the
more my fears weigh me down.”
King David knew about fear. His whole life had been turned
upside down. His son Absalom had stolen the allegiance of
the nation of Israel from him and was attempting to take
the throne for himself. David didn’t know who was loyal to
him and who was against him. His only option seemed to be
to run. He said to his servants, “Make haste to depart,
lest [Absalom] overtake us suddenly and bring disaster
upon us” (2 Sam. 15:14).
In a psalm that David may have written while he was
fleeing for his life, he wrote: “I cried to the Lord with
my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill” (Ps. 3:4).
In the midst of his fear, David looked to the Lord. God
showed him grace and restored him to the throne.
are plenty of worries that can weigh us down.
But as we release them into God’s strong hands, He will
help us through our trials.
Thank You, Lord, that we do not have to be
weighed down by worry. Help us to place our
concerns in Your care so that
we do not fear tomorrow.
Worry is a burden that God never meant for us to bear.
Sometimes Scripture teaches us directly. The Sermon on the
Mount (Matt. 5–7) is a great example of this. In other
places we learn by example. Through the story of Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abed-Nego, for instance, we learn to stand
for God despite the consequences (Dan. 3).