A New 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, 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.
“He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.” Psalm112:7
“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 makes good sense to me. 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 on 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 flat having nor effect on us. 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. We work with our hands the things that are good that we may have resources enough to give to the needs of others. [Ephesians 4:28]
So, we don’t fear the evil that is in the world. We simply rest in God, in His Word, in His promises, in His truth and His declared provision for our lives. That is, we fix our hearts and hope on Him, we choose to trust God’s Word, to live with confidence in the love of God that causes us to triumph over fear and fulfill His purpose in our lives. So that we can declare His kingdom come here on the earth as it is in Heaven.
Worship and prayer are essential in all these things. Take a moment now if you can to reflect on God’s goodness and His love for you and give Him thanks.
Psalm 103 A Psalm of David.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; to such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.” Psalm 103:1-22