What Are You Storing Up?

Fear made David act like a madman. Fear can make us do some pretty crazy things.

And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath. And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard. 1 Samuel 21:12-13 (KJV)

When David was fleeing from Saul to Achish, the king of Gath, he heard the king’s servants talking about him – “Isn’t this David, the king of the land?” It says that David “laid up” these words in his heart, or took them to heart, and he was afraid that if Achish thought he was the king of Israel, he would kill him. The word translated “laid up” in the King James means, among other things, to “heap up” and “to preserve.” Later, when David wrote about his experience, he proclaimed:

I sought the LORD, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4 (NASB)

The word translated “fears” here means, in addition to fear, a granary or storehouse. It comes from two words: a word for “terror” and a word that means “dwelling place.” The dwelling place of terror. These two verses together invoke an image of David preserving these words of terror in a storehouse of fear in order to keep feeding on them. In David’s case, feeding on fear caused him to act like a madman. Fear can make us do some pretty crazy things.

There are a lot of verses in the Bible about fear, what we are listening to, and what we store up in our hearts.

So they spread discouraging reports about the land among the Israelites … All the people we saw were huge. Numbers 13:32-33

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad. Proverbs 12:25 (NASB)

Your word I have treasured (stored up, hidden) in my heart, That I may not sin against You. Psalm 119:11 (NASB)

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful (pain, sorrow, idol) way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way. Psalm 139:23-24 (NASB)

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19

And He was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to.” Mark 4:24a

What are you storing up? Is your heart a dwelling place of terror, a granary of fear? Or is your heart a treasury of the Word. What are you listening to? What are you believing?

I sought the LORD, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4 (NASB)

When I am afraid, I will trust in you. Psalm 56:3

 

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