Psalm 23:4-5 (TPT) “Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me for you already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for you are near. You become my delicious feast even when my enemies dare to fight. You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit; you give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows.”
My second son, Bear, was battling with fear for a long time. It tormented him at night and affected him during the day. Many nights he would burst through our bedroom door, crying and yelling, while darting around the room trying to hide from an unseen enemy. We would actually have to catch him, hold him tight, and gently wake him. Each night before tucking Bear into bed, we would remind him of the authority Jesus gives to us, over fear. We encouraged him to call on the name of Jesus, whenever he felt afraid. We also taught him that a really good way to drive out fear, was to worship. One morning, Bear came bursting into our room with a huge grin on his face. He had slept through the night and was beaming with excitement! He said, “Last night fear came into my room. But he saw Jesus standing there! He said he didn’t want to be in there anymore and he ran away!” From that day on, Bear was a different little boy. One encounter with Jesus, the revelation that he belongs to Him, and suddenly fear couldn’t hold him anymore.
Months later, I was in a songwriting session with my friends, Mia and Bede. I shared with them the story about Bear and Mia brought up this passage of scripture and suggested it would be fun to write a song that Bear could sing whenever he feels afraid; a song that would remind him of God’s promises and truth. Before we knew it, “Already Have” was born!
Today, if there are places in your heart where fear still exists, read this scripture and as you listen to Bear’s song, invite the Holy Spirit to reveal His truth to you. If Jesus has conquered your heart, nothing else can! Surrender every part of your heart to Him and He will not let you down.