When I was in Bible college, one of the professors taught us an invaluable skill. He taught us that when we share the Gospel, we should try to define words so that the person we are speaking to understands exactly what we mean. Sometimes people use the same words, but they have a different definition in their mind than the Bible definition. For example, the words sin and holiness are very distorted in this country. Sin to them is doing things that are extremely bad and malicious. It's things that go against the society or culture and would have you looked upon as a criminal. To them, sin would be things like murder and mutilation, killing a cow, or being a corrupt government official. Stealing when you have a need, lying, or cheating wouldn't be sins because they could help you. It would only be bad if you got caught and your neighbors were upset with you. They are deeply concerned with what their neighbors think of them! But that isn't the Bible definition of sin. The Bible definition of sin is anything that goes against God's Word. It's things that go against His laws. In order for me to share the Gospel, I have to make sure we both have the same definitions in mind.
I now have the habit if constantly looking up definitions. Here is a definition for you:
"to feel or experience concern or anxiety, fret"
In Psalm 18, David had every reason to be worried, but he wasn't. He was surrounded by the threat of death. Death itself was a snare around him. (vs 4-5) He was in distress. (vs 6) Things didn't look good! So why wasn't he consumed with worry?
Psalm 18:2 "The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower."
He had a proper view of his God.
David's enemies were stronger than him!
Psalm 18:17 "... for they were too strong for me."
He was outnumbered and he was afraid!
Psalm 18:4 "... the floods of ungodly men made me afraid."
So why wasn't he engulfed in worry?
He new the men were strong, but His God was stronger! He knew instead of wallowing in worry he should call to his Creator! He knew his God would hear him.
Psalm 18:6 "In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears."
And God heard! David then gives a beautiful word display of the might and fierceness of the Lord. The earth shaking and trembling because of God's wrath, the heavens being bowed, thundering and lightning, the blast of the breath of His nostrils...
God delivered! Our God is that big! He is that strong! When our problems seem to surround us and overtake us, we need to be reminded how big our God is. Our problems may be big, but our God is infinitely bigger.
I have heard the statement:
"Don't tell God how big your problems are. Tell your problems how big your God is."
I have a better idea. Do both! Call out to God. Tell Him how big your problems are. He wants us to call to Him like David did. But then tell Him you know He is bigger than your problems. Put your confidence in His strength. Yes, the problems are too big for you and me, but they are never to big for our Creator.
So maybe we should redefine the word worry.
Having too small of a view of your Heavenly Father.