Fear and anxiety are compelling forces. The fear of losing can drive professional athletes to work very hard. But such emotions can also be debilitating. Sports can take over the life of professional athletes. One day, when their careers are over, they could be lost. Losing their identity and worrying about their future can drive them to self-destructive behavior.
The pressure of outside forces couple with our own self-doubt and guilt can paralyze us.
In Psalm 3, David was fleeing from Absalom, his favorite son. David was outnumbered by enemies on all sides (v1, 6), and many feared that God had deserted him (v2). They questioned David’s authority to be their king, which threatened David’s foundation and identity.
Let’s learn from David’s reactions.
First, David trusted that God had not left him. God was a shield around him, answering David’s prayer from His holy mountain (v3-4). From God came deliverance (v8).
Second, God was David’s glory—not his army, political power, moral standing or love of his people and his family, all of which he had lost. It was God who lifted his head high (v3).
Similar verses in Genesis 15 show God assuring Abraham that He was Abraham’s shield and his very great reward (15:1). Despite their imperfections, both Abraham and David were protected in their faith in God’s love and mercy.
Similarly, we can be God’s cherished children, and the almighty God can be our glory.
Because of his trust in God, David did not suffer from fear, anxiety, or insomnia (v4-5). David’s head was lifted high (v3). After all, he was God’s anointed king.
Third, David focused on God’s people. With the king fleeing, the country was likely in chaos. David asked God to strike his wicked enemies and to bless His people (v7-8). Likewise, we shouldn’t think only of ourselves, but think about others. In love, there is no fear (1 John 4:18).
Thus, we must rely on Christ to fight fear and anxiety. He is our protection, and He is also our glory. And we shouldn’t just think about ourselves but focus on others as well.
Summarized from a Tim Keller’s sermon:
恐惧和焦虑可能是很好推动力。例如，失败的恐惧促使专业运动员加倍努力。但这种情绪也可摧残人。对于专业运动员来说，竞技运动是他们的生命。 有一天，当他们的职业生涯结束时，他们对人生可能会迷失方向 。失去自我和对未来的优虑可促使他们完全失落。
诗篇第三篇中谈论大卫被他最喜欢的儿子押沙龙追杀。各方敌人的数量完全超过了大卫的人 （诗篇3：1 & 6）。可能由于他与拔示巴的罪，许多人指出上帝已经离弃了他。 V2。没有了上帝，人们质疑大卫还可有权力再成为他们的王。因根基和身份被摧毁粉碎，大卫可能会陷入深深的焦虑之中。
基于他对上帝的信任，大卫没有恐惧，焦虑和失眠。 V4-5。大卫的头抬高了。 V3。毕竟，他是被上帝受膏的王。
第三，大卫也关注上帝的子民。可以想象到当大卫逃亡时以色列是何等的混乱。他祈求上帝打击他的邪恶敌人， 也恳求上帝祝福祂的子民。 V7-8。
不要以自己为中心，只想到自己。 想想别人。在爱中，没有恐惧 （约翰一书4：18）。