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It’s Only Fear

September 12, 2011

“And the trick of it is, don’t be afraid anymore” (Dry the River).

Alexi Murdoch, a roots musician and singer, is probably most famous for his song All of my days – you can read a mini review of this song here.

Another beautifully mellow song of his is called It’s Only Fear:

These lyrics bring to mind God’s words of comfort to the Jewish people through the prophet Isaiah: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

The same God defined himself as Father. As Paul writes to the church in Rome, “you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but received the Spirit of sonship. And by him, we cry, ‘Abba, Father.'” (Romans 8:15)

How do we gain access to the Father? Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6), and “to all who received him [Jesus], to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:12-13)

We can know God as Father and under the shadow of his wings we need not fear, for “if God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1)

“How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.” (Psalm 36:7)

For more on fear and how God’s love can free us from it, read the review of up-and-coming band Dry the River’s song Bible Belt here.

Like Alexi Murdoch’s style? Check out Light in the Darkness – a blog post on his most famous song All of my Days here.

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