Psalm 112: 5-9 It is well with the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice.
6. He will not be moved, for ever: the uncompromisingly righteous — the upright, in right standing with God—shall be in everlasting remembrance.
7. He shall not being be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is firmly fixed, trusting (leaning on and being confident) in the Lord.
8. His heart is established and steady, he will not be afraid while he waits to see his desire upon his adversaries.
9. He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor and needy; his righteousness — uprightness and right standing with God — endures forever; his horn shall be exalted in honor. Amp.
Establish – d) to make stable; settle, to cause to be accepted or recognized.
Horn – c) peak, ray of light, power.
Psalm 112 seems to hinge on one fact and that is to be established. How do we become established? Do we establish ourselves?
Deuteronomy 28:9 The Lord will establish you as a people holy to Himself, as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God to walk in His ways. Amp.
We must learn how to walk in His ways. One way that we walk in His ways is that we stop walking in our own ways. The Lord spoke to me in a personal prophecy years ago not to force my way in any situation. I did not know that I was doing that, until He told me not to. It made me pay attention to what I did. His ways are not our ways.
He wants us to to be watchful to keep His commandments and follow His voice. When I first got saved, I thought I was a really good person. I never did smoke, drink alcohol or did drugs. Compared to a lot of people, I was all right. But that was far from the truth. I had a lot of hurts inside, so that meant I also had a lot of bitterness, not to mention pride and anger.
I started fasting. I was taught by a wonderful Pentecostal missionary that when you fast it was as if the Lord took a big spoon and put it in your heart and stirred it up. That is when you can see what is buried way down deep.
He did so many wonderful things for me that were in no way easy. As He did the work in my heart, He drew near and changed me completely. He did not work on the fear I had for many years. He is so gentle and so patient. His love is the best thing that has ever happened to me.
When I think of Psalm 112, I think of not being afraid of evil tidings. We cannot always resist fear on our own. I have tried to not fear, but it was there. He does not want us to fear. That is when we put more faith in what the devil says than what the Lord says. But we all have fear in one way or another.
The way He taught me is to focus on the good that He has promised for me. That is the truth. if I am afraid there is one of three things that I am doing:
- My eyes are on the circumstances
- My eyes are on my weakness
- I am believing the lies of the enemy
It is my job to figure out which one I am doing, always asking His help and binding the spirit of fear that is hounding me. Then I must focus on Jesus and trust in His plan for me, that it is a good plan no matter what I see.
I cannot say that I know I will never be afraid of evil tidings. But it is His job to establish me. I am to resist fear as I would resist any sin. This is how He has taught me. He is able to keep me from falling, to keep my life from evil and to deliver me from all my fears. If I am still afraid after He promises all that to me, then that hurts Him. I love Him and do not want to hurt or offend Him in any way.
Being a Christian is not about us, but about who we are becoming. It is all about Jesus. We must learn to depend on Him in all our ways. He has all that we will ever need. He knows tomorrow and is all ready there making our way perfect. What reason do we have to fear?