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
Senator Joseph McCarthy is remembered for his intrusive searches for Communist sympathizers in the American government and society in the 1950s. In one Senate hearing, an outraged target of McCarthy’s investigations exclaimed, “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?” Those are rhetorical questions, a literary device used to make a statement in the form of a question that anticipates no answer.
There are rhetorical questions in Scripture. For instance, in Psalm 27, David asks, in light of the Lord in his life, “Whom shall I fear? . . . Of whom shall I be afraid?” (verse 1) David is making a statement in the form of two questions that imply a “No” answer: “I shall fear no one; I shall be afraid of no one.” It’s a powerful way to say, “Since I fear God, I will not fear man.”
If you fear (honor, respect, obey, worship) God, then you have a divine Protector. Why would you fear anyone or anything else?
Only he who can say, “The Lord is the strength of my life” can say, “Of whom shall I be afraid?” Alexander MacLaren