Monday, February 19, 2018

Psalms 112:7 -- On Trust and Turning the Pages

"He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord."
Psalms 112:7


This chapter is extolling the virtues of "the man that feareth the Lord" (verse 1).  As we've seen elsewhere though, the fear talked about here isn't being afraid, but about respect and honor.  Indeed, even in the first verse, this "fear" is pair with delight... the delight found in the commandments.  And you know, even though that idea might seem strange at first, I think that compared to the often chaotic jumble of life, and the crazy things that we hear about happening every day, the idea of commandments and order really is a delight. :)

This verse is about not being afraid of evil tidings, and evil tidings are also around us every day.  I think though that there is also good around us every day, and obviously God is there every day as well.  The media might be blasting the evil tidings pretty loudly, but we still have a choice about what we listen to and what we focus on.

Even when bad things do happen--even when they happen to us personally--we can keep our hearts fixed on the Lord.  We can still trust.  Not that it is always easy, of course, but sometimes just remembering that there *is* another side can help us retain some perspective.  God loves us and he will help us.  In the end, the bad things can't win... so let's do our best today to not let them even have a temporary victory.  Let's focus on the good, and learn from our experiences so that we can be better and help others.  Let's trust God that there is a reason for all of this, and that the happy ending is waiting, if we just keep turning the pages. :)

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