The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)
The intended answer to the psalmist’s question is, without a doubt, “No one”. The writer was by no means being rhetorical. He was not attempting to flatter God. He was cognitively weighing his reason to fear or not to fear. His reasoning may have gone something like this: If God is the Creator, then He knows His creation. As Creator, He is in total control. Nothing takes Him by surprise. He is all-powerful, all knowing, and able to be everywhere simultaneously. He is God, and He is for me.
Whom shall I fear, and of whom shall I be afraid? I need not be fearful of the unknown, because He knows the unknown. I need not fear the future, because He dwells there. We are simply not to be motivated by fear; whether it is the fear of death or the fears of life. The Bible furthermore says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (1)