There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah Psalm 46:4-7 (NKJV)
Have you ever wondered why terrorists usually don’t attack military targets? Think about the terrorist group Hamas. When they perform an action on Israel, they usually don’t target the IDF. Instead, they tend to target busses filled with women and children. Why is that? It’s because they want to cause fear so that people will be driven by fear. That is why they are called terrorists. Their desire is to incite fear or terror into our lives.
When military personal are killed, it doesn’t cause fear in the general population. Every Soldier, Sailor, Marine and Airman knows that they may die in defense of their country. It is a known hazard of their chosen profession. We know that as well, so while reports of military deaths may make us sad, they don’t cause us to become afraid. However, how different is it when a bomb is found in Times Square, goes off at the Boston Marathon, a Greyhound bus is blown up, a man runs through a crowd indiscriminately shooting a pistol, a home is invaded and the people are murdered or a place that should be safe, school, church, mall, is attacked and people are killed? These are the sorts of things that make us afraid.
Satan is the ultimate terrorist and he knows how to bring fear into our lives so that we will be controlled by our fear. He knows that as long as fear controls our lives we will not be doing the things that God wants us to do. We fight this by knowing that God is with us and we let this knowledge move us into obedience to God even if we are afraid.
Fear can very easily control our lives. When we are controlled by fear, we won’t go out and eat, travel, fly, go out in public, give, share the Gospel or anything else that seems to take away from our feeling of safety. What w see in these verses is that Christians shouldn’t be driven by fear because the Lord of Hosts is with us. The phrase the Lord of hosts is fairly significant in the O.T. That God is the Lord of host’s means that He is the commander of the armies of heaven. God is the commander in chief of all the forces of heaven and they perfectly, instantly and fully obey His will.
Think about what this means. The God that is so mighty that all the hosts of heaven bows before Him, worships Him and obey Him is with us. In Psalm 34:7, we are told that the angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear God and He delivers them. In Psalm 91:11, we are told that God has given His angels charge over us to protect us. As great as it is to know that beings as powerful as the angels protect us, it is greater still to know that the God the angels obey and fear, is with us to protect us.
Charles Spurgeon says, “The Lord of hosts is with us. This is the reason for all Zion’s security, and for the overthrow of her foes. The Lord rules the angels, the stars, the elements, and all the hosts of heaven; and the heaven of heavens are under his sway. The armies of men though they know it not are made to subserve his will. This Generalissimo of the forces of the land, and the Lord High Admiral of the seas, is on our side—our august ally; woe unto those who fight against him, for they shall fly like smoke before the wind when he gives the word to scatter them. The God of Jacob is our refuge, Immanuel is Jehovah of Hosts, and Jacob’s God is our high place of defence.”
When we fully grasp the reality that our great God is with us, it will change the way we live. It will prevent us from being driven by fear.
For further study read Psalm 23.
What is the valley of the shadow of death?
Can you think of any times of our lives it might refer to other than death?
Why did David not fear in these valleys?
What does it mean that God prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemies?
How can you live confidently today because God is with you?
 C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1898), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Psalm 46:7”.