1 Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; 2 hear me and answer me.
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught 3 at the voice of the enemy, at the
stares of the wicked; for they bring down suffering upon me and revile me in
their anger. 4 My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail
me. 5 Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me. 6 I said,
"Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest- 7 I would
flee far away and stay in the desert; Selah 8 I would hurry to my place of
shelter, far from the tempest and storm."

A PSALM of David as he reflects upon the things which are about to happen, have
happened, and that which is happening. He is grieved, afraid, and fearful of
life. He is calling out to God in prayer looking for peace, for rest, for
strength, for knowledge life will be ok. He wishes he could be a dove and fly
away to a shelter far away from the storm pursuing him.

The fight or flight syndrome is a psychology term to describe a response to
fear. The muscles tighten up, the heart beats faster, the palms and face may
sweat, and the body and mind feels like they have gone totally out of control.
It is the body's way of responding to a perceived fear or threat. Throughout
the Bible God is always reassuring His people by saying, "DO NOT BE AFRAID".
When the angels appeared to the shepherds, they said, "do not be afraid. I
bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people". Jesus said, "do
not let your hearts be troubled and DO NOT BE AFRAID". God does not want us to
fear life, yet so often we allow fear to take over. When you feel fear starting
to take hold of your life stop and pray that God would remove that fear and
give you peace. Pray for His comforting touch and love to take hold in your
life. Let the peace of God rule in your heart and claim victory over the fear
that tries to control you. Remember anxiety is nothing more than fear of events
that have not even happened yet. Why be afraid of the future when God is on
your side?