We Will Not Fear

Someone and I have been reading through the Old Testament and Psalms in the mornings. I'll admit, sometimes I find myself reading over the Psalms and not really reading them, maybe because they're so familiar and can seem so similar? But today, we read Psalm 112 and one verse stood out to me, in part because I didn't specifically remember it, and because it was so specific and clear:

"They will have no fear of bad news;
    their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD."
      ~ Psalm 112:7

There is nothing vague or generalized about this, not "no fear of what life brings" or "no fear of the future", but rather "no fear of bad news" specifically—bad news, when we get news that we don't like, when things "go wrong" in our opinion, when something doesn't turn out how we planned or expected. We get this. We know what's it's like to have dreams, to have the capacity to dream, and to have goals, a plan, for what our life should look like, and then to hear bad news, to hear what we didn't want to hear, that someone else was chosen, that there were layoffs, that someone's in the hospital, that there's nothing else we can do . . .

And the natural reaction is fear.

Yet, this verse unquestioningly says that we should not be afraid and, more specifically, will have no fear of bad news and instead have hearts that are steadfast {"fixed or unchanging," "not shakable," sure, rooted} and trust in God. Taken as is, this may appear as solely an if-then principle: if we steadfastly trust God, then we will not fear bad news. But reading this Psalm from beginning to end, we find that verse 1 specifies who "they" are:

"Blessed are those who fear the Lord,
   who find great delight in his commands."
      ~ Psalm 112:1

The rest of the Psalm, then, refers to those who recognize God for who He is and stand in awe of Him, and whose response is delight in obeying His Word. Thus, we will be unafraid of bad news not only because our hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord, but also because the foundation of our trust is a recognition of the greatness and goodness of our God and living in obedience. We will not fear this life, if we fear the Lord.

"'So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.'"
      ~ Isaiah 41:10 {emphasis mine}

And that bad news? It may come as a shock or seem like a curve-ball to us, but nothing surprises or stymies God, and nothing is unplanned to an omniscient God, or unbeatable by an omnipotent God. He knows all things, and He knows us, cares for us, loves us; we are His and He is with us. He controls all things, and He is sovereign over our lives, and works all things for good and His glory; and He is for us.

God with us is for us.

We will not fear.

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