I re-discovered this Psalm last week. I've read it before, probably several times, but it didn't ever resignate with me like it did this go-round. I have decided that it is my favorite.
It has now become my Psalm for 2012.
1 Praise the LORD.
Blessed are those who fear the LORD,
who find great delight in his commands.
2 Their children will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches are in their houses,
and their righteousness endures forever.
4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.
5 Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely,
who conduct their affairs with justice.
6 Surely the righteous will never be shaken;
they will be remembered forever.
7 They will have no fear of bad news;
their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
8 Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;
in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.
9 They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor,
their righteousness endures forever;
their horn will be lifted high in honor.
10 The wicked will see and be vexed,
they will gnash their teeth and waste away;
the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.
I could probably write an entire post on each individual verse, but I won't.
Instead, can we just focus two of them for now?
Please don't misunderstand this verse. The author is not saying here that we will never have bad news. You and I know very well that is not the case; not here on earth where sin has made a mess of everything.
Bad news comes. And for some, it comes all too often.
But as children of God, as His righteousness, we have no need to fear it.
Scripture tells us that the Lord is in control of it all. It also tells us that His ways and His thoughts are higher than our own. Even when everything seems out of control, even when we can't understand our circumstances, God is there. He is working it all out according to His will. But we can't see the ending. We can't see the whole story. Which is why we need to trust Him...
stead*fast adj \ˈsted-ˌfast also -fəst\
a : firmly fixed in place : immovable source:merriam-webster
In God, we are immovable. We are firmly fixed, in Him.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~Romans 8:38-39
Notice also, that this portion of the verse is written in the present tense. It's stating what is, not what will be. We are steadfast. We are trusting God; currently, presently, right now.
Is that how you are living right now? As children of God, we can be steadfast in Him and trust Him right now. There is no need to wait.
Because our hearts are secure in God, we should have no fear. There is no need to fear because our hope is in Him. You see, if your hope is in you, in how you can handle the situation, your strength and knowledge, then you have every reason to fear. But with God, we do not need to fear.
My prayer today is that we would be a people who would not fear the bad news; that we would be a people who are so firmly fixed in God, in His love, that we don't worry about what will come our way; that we would trust His plan and His working and that we would allow Him to do the work that needs to be done in us.
Can you imagine what life would be like if you stopped worrying and started trusting?