Diary Of A Librarian

Am I Afraid?

Oh, bother I’m writing on the job again.

Recently I read this amazing post about pride and I thought, “Why don’t I do a post about fear.” So here I am.

Fear

An unpleasant feeling. Sometimes it can be useful, but most often it is debilitating. The Bible has a lot to say about fear and being afraid.

The first to pop into mind is Psalm 56:3 as it is M’s favorite verse.

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.

It’s a pretty classic Psalm of David. It tells us that David was able to put his fear on YHWH

1 John 4:18 is another that comes swiftly to mind.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Don’t you want perfect love. We are not meant to be afraid.

Next up is a verse I don’t know why it comes to mind. I have memorized it, perhaps that is why. Deuteronomy 6:13

Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name.

Suddenly we are still talking about fear, but now it is different. We are to fear God.

How????

Does Deuteronomy 11:1 give us a hint.

You shall therefore love the Lord your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always

I think it does, for it brings us back to the subject of love.

So am I afraid?

No.

Do I fear?

I hope so.

What about you?

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A Bit Of Memorization

Currently my family is memorizing Psalm 37. It is a mere 40 verses long, and it is so much easier to remember than Psalm 119.

Because it is so long we have divided it into sections. Every day we’ll repeat the verse of the week a dozen times and the full short section once. A couple of times during the week we’ll read the full chapter.

We have been doing it for ten weeks now. The third section just got started. We are a quarter of the through.

This is brought to mind because I love the first verse of the new section.

I was young, but now I am old;

Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken

Psalm 37:25

I am only young right now. I plan to spend the rest of my life watching out for this promise, especially since I’ve already seen it to be true

How Good And Pleasant??????

Behold How Good And How Pleasant It Is For Brethren To Dwell Together In Unity.

What Christian Child hasn’t heard this before, I’ve heard it a lot, probably in part because I’m part of a large family, but I think it is well known even if you don’t.

Until I memorized the full psalm I didn’t really think about what the verse meant

133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;

As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

Then I realized that the last two verses were describing how good and how pleasant it is.

Dwelling in unity is as big of a deal the anointing of a high priest, THE FIRST HIGH PRIEST. That was kind of a huge deal. A once in a life time event.

And the third verse, God commanded the blessing. Wow.

It’s like he is saying we are carrying the anointment and spreading the dew, showing the world how it should be.