Not Afraid of Bad News

Scripture: Psalm 112:7, ‘He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.’

 

Observations: Firstly, who is the ‘he’ in this verse? It’s the righteous man. The righteous man ‘fears the Lord and delights in his commandments. (v1)’ The righteous man ‘deals generously and conducts his affairs with justice. (v5)’ And the theme of this psalm is that his righteousness will last forever (v3,6,9). In verse 7 the psalmist says that the righteous man ‘is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.’ In this world broken by sin everyone receives bad news, news of sickness, persecution, injustice, death. But the man who ‘trusts in the Lord’ doesn’t allow bad news to shake him, rather his ‘heart remains firm.’ The next verse says ‘His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries. (v8)’ The man who trusts in the Lord knows that in the end the Lord will vindicate him. The man who trusts the Lord knows that he is on the winning side; that the God who has all things in control is fighting for him.

 

Application: How do you react to bad news? Maybe you’ve been told that you’ve lost your job, or that your marriage is over, or that you retirement scheme has crashed, or that someone you love is dying. These things can easily lead to fear and uncertainty and questions – why would God allow this to happen? But do you trust the Lord? Do you believe that he has a purpose; that he is in control? Does your faith give you strength to face bad news with an unwavering heart? The psalmist isn’t minimizing the seriousness of the things that can go wrong in life, he just weighs them against the might and love of the Lord.

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I trust in You, and yet sometimes my faith is so weak that even the smallest thing that goes wrong can make my heart quail. Lord, grow my faith in You that my heart may remain firm no matter the storms life may bring. Lord, when everything seems to turn into sinking sand, may You be my Rock. Lord, may people see my love and trust in You through how I deal with bad news. Lord, through Your Holy Spirit may I be a righteous man, one who trusts in You and whose heart never wavers. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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