Throughout the Israelites’ wanderings in the wilderness, they were exhorted by God through Moses to remember what God had done. To do so was to create a record of God’s faithfulness so that future fears could be easily overcome. Here is one example: “If you should say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I; how can I dispossess them?’ you shall not be afraid of them; you shall well remember what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt” (Deuteronomy 7:17,18).
As you pick up your cross daily and follow Him, try keeping a journal. There is something about writing our thoughts down that helps us crystallize our thinking. It is part of analyzing our fears and casting our anxiety onto Christ. A daily log of our struggles and victories is the best way to chart our progress and provide encouragement over the long haul. Many of the psalms can serve as examples. David modeled what it means to be painfully honest with God, “journaling” his relationship with God in song.
Neil Anderson and Rich Miller, Freedom from Fear: Overcoming Worry and Anxiety (Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 1999).
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The Early Years / Psalm 19, 8, 29
The Exile / Psalm 37, 59, 52
The Exile, Part 2 / Psalm 56, 54, 57
The King / Psalm 18, 33
The King, Part 2 / Psalm 24, 110, 60
The Tears of the Penitent / Psalm 51, 32
Chastisements / Psalm 41, 39, 55
The Songs of the Fugitive / Psalm 3, 4, 63, 62, 37