A Season of Psalms - Psalm 112:1, 6-8
Psalm 112:1, 6-8
“Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments...For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
Have you ever seen a gravestone that reads, “He died of worry?” Perhaps some of them should. How many illnesses are directly connected to our worries and anxieties as we try to take the responsibility that was designed for only God to handle? If we can’t handle it, why are we trying? If we can’t change it, why worry about it? Corrie Ten Boom: “Worry does not empty tomorrow of sorrows; it empties today of strength.”
The Bible says in Psalm 112 that the one who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in the commandments of the Lord, will be blessed. He will never be moved, never be shaken, he will never worry or fret over things out of his control. Bad news has no effect on him. His heart is firm and steady, always trusting and never worrying. If we give in to worry and fear, according to Jesus, what kind of faith does that manifest? “Little faith.” If we believe that God can redeem us and free us from the shackles of sin, take us from spiritual death to spiritual life, and usher us into His heavenly kingdom but we just don’t think he can get us through the challenges we face, what does that say? A Christian who worries is a contradiction to salvation.
Kevin DeYoung, in writing for The Gospel Coalition, said “Anxiety is living out the future before it gets here.” We don’t know what will happen tomorrow, but we can rest knowing that the Lord’s mercies are new every morning. If you find yourself shrouded in worry, keep your eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith. He is our sympathetic high priest. We can trust Him with our worries, our cares, and our fears because…He is Lord of all!
Further Reading: Matthew 6:25-34; James 1:2-7
Pray with me:
Father God, You know my heart. You’re aware of every anxiety and care. From this day forward, I am no longer a slave to fear. I am a child of God! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.