David had reasons to fear. He had to fight a lion and a bear to protect his father’s sheep.

He had gone up against the giant, Goliath when the entire Israelite army was cowering with fear.

For almost a decade he fled from king Saul, with some very narrow escapes that were often too close for comfort.

At one point, in an effort to escape from Saul, he fled to Gath, only to have the king drive him from there. David had reasons to fear.

David also had an even better reason not to fear.

But even as David flees from Gath, he writes, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4, NIV)

From experience David could write. Often he had been faced with danger and difficult circumstances, but he took his fears to God and God had a history of protecting him, seeing him through.

While David had reasons to fear, he had an even better reason not to fear; he knew God would deliver him.

He trusted God and knew that God was greater than any of his circumstances and that regardless of what happened, God was in control. His faith was stronger than his feelings.

Dr. Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) has been a member of the Oklahoma Senate since 2014. Prior to that he served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church, Grove, for many years.