A Meditation on Psalm 112 - Part 5
“He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.” Psalm 112:7
The Problem, The Promise, The Pathway, The Peace
The Problem is evident.
The world is a broken, sin ridden, messed up, violent, destructive, ungodly place. The works of death, hell and the grave are set against the people of God. We have an enemy who goes about in the likeness of a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. We’re in warfare with principalities and powers, spiritual wickedness in high places, with things that set themselves against the knowledge of God.
Our own human natures are at odds with our reborn spirits. From the moment we take our first breath of life we start to die. Without God, we are helpless against all these things. That’s the problem. But there is hope in a promise that is greater than the problem.
The Promise is sure.
“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.” I don’t know who first said that but it does make a lot of sense… HA!
We’ve probably all gotten a laugh out of that one. It is funny. And most things that are truly funny are so, because there is a ring of truth in them. Being paranoid, fearful or anxious doesn’t mean that there are not situations, circumstances and even people who want to harm us.
However, knowing we have an enemy doesn’t mean our response has to be fear. When we put our trust in the Lord we set ourselves to be at peace regardless of what the future may hold.
“Because you have made the LORD, … your dwelling place, … He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways….” Psalm 91:9-12
When we choose to fix our hearts and establish our faith in the truth of God’s Word and trust Him, all fear has to flee from us. The noise of fear and evil tidings may be shouting all around us but it might as well be the shout of silence because the fear it intends for us fails. In Jesus’ name we are not afraid before the fact and we’re not afraid during the fact, nor after the fact.
Why? Because the truth is always greater than the facts. The facts are temporal and subject to change, but the Truth stands forever. We may not know what today or tomorrow may hold but we know that our lives are hid with Christ in God. [Colossians 3:3]
We are not our own. We are bought with a price.
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
If we are not our own when it comes to sin and transgression of God’s law, then we are also not our own when it comes to provision for our lives. We are a possession, owned by God, bought with the blood of Jesus Christ. Our wellbeing is up to Him. He is responsible for His possessions, to care for them, provide for them, preserve and keep them for His use.
Yes. We have a part to play in this relationship. We must be obedient to His commandments and do what He says. But when we have done all we know to do then the outcome is up to Him. Our work, indeed our worship is to trust Him and love Him with all our hearts, with all our soul, with all our mind and with all our strength.
His will must have first place in our hearts and His Word must have final authority in our lives.
So, we don’t fear the evil that is in the world. We simply rest in Him. That is, we fix our hearts, we choose to trust God’s Word, to live with confidence in the love of God to cause us to triumph over fear and fulfill His purpose in our lives and to declare His kingdom come here on the earth as it is in Heaven.
Worship and prayer are essential. Take a moment now, if you can, to reflect on God’s goodness and His love for you. [Psalm 103]