If you have read any of my posts over the last several months, you’re aware that I’ve become a very big fan of The Passion Translation Bible. In it’s current form, The Passion Translation is simply Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Solomon and the entire New Testament from Matthew through Revelation. (I’m doing some research on if and when a more complete Old Testament translation will be released.)
What I’ve discovered in this Bible reading adventure is that many of the more familiar passages have taken on entirely new dimensions of understanding for me. What is a true blessing is that often this deeper understanding seems to come along on days when I’m facing situations that require just that particular insight.
Today in reading the 23rd Psalm, I was struck by the fact that though the word fear is only referenced once in the NIV (vs. 4b “I will fear no evil, for You are with me.”), it is referenced three times in The Passion.
“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.”Ps. 23:4
“So why would I fear the future?
For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.
Then afterward, when my life is through,
I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you!” Ps. 23:6
As I read those verses over and over today, I recognized that fear is many times hidden within the various trials and struggles of our lives. When relationships falter, we fear that we may be hurt or rejected. When we become sick or perhaps lose a job, we fear that we won’t recover. And on and on it goes, even to our ultimate destiny where we somehow fear that we will come up short and not spend eternity in the Lord’s loving presence.
I want to encourage you once again to consider investing in a copy of The Passion Translation and letting God refresh your heart with the thoughts and promises from His heart as revealed in this amazing Bible.