“The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are as bold as a lion.”
Joseph Hall writes:
The wicked is a very coward, and is afraid of everything;
of God, because He is his enemy;
of Satan, because he is his tormentor;
of God’s creatures, because, they, joining with their Maker, fight against him;
of himself, because he bears about with him his own accuser and executioner.
The godly man contrarily is afraid of nothing;
not of God, because he knows Him his best friend, and will not hurt him;
not of Satan, because he cannot hurt him;
not of afflictions, because he knows they come from a loving God, and end in his good;
not of the creatures, since “the very stones in the field are in league with Him;”
not of himself since his conscience is at peace.