Verse of the Day Devotion: Psalm 112:7 He will not fear evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
One of the things we need to always remember, as Christians, is that we have nothing to fear when we trust in the Lord. Lets look at the verses prior to this to fully understand the context by which our focus verse is written. For if we understand and apply its message, we can live in peace no matter our circumstances.
The author starts with, “Praise the LORD! How blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who greatly delights in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, And his righteousness endures forever.” Psalm 112:1-3. He is saying here that blessed, or happy, is the one who fears the Lord, who love to obey His commandments and delights in His ways. We see this same idea in psalm one, where the writer states, “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2. Those who fear God and follow His ways are blessed of the Lord.
Next we read, “Light arises in the darkness for the upright; He is gracious and compassionate and righteous. It is well with the man who is gracious and lends; He will maintain his cause in judgment. For he will never be shaken; The righteous will be remembered forever.” Psalm 112:4-6. When hard times come, which they will, God will save him through the difficult times, not necessarily from them. The righteous may still get sick or be bereaved by the loss of someone close. Or they may lose property either by theft or legal issues. However, all will work out to those who trust in the Lord. Paul put it this way in his letter to the Romans. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28. And also, the righteous will be gracious and helpful whenever needed, with God providing the means of the assistance he will provide.
And because of all this, if we delight in Him and His laws and commands, the fact is we are blessed by God almighty, He will be with us and protect us no matter what happens. And even though things do not look good, we must go beyond how we perceive our situation and trust God has it under control. As our focus verse states, “He will not fear evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.” Psalm 112:7. We have no reason to fear evil that comes our way because God has this. Our hearts should be steadfast in the reality that we can trust Him that He is taking care of us, no matter what it looks like. We should do as the writer of Proverbs put it. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.
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