We see things daily that make men faint and are full of fear. Our rock is not like their rock. We are built on that other rock, Christ Jesus.
In my own life and prayers there has been , assurance, promise, calmness, peace. It may not seem so when I cover serious current events, these are but posts, not my own walk, and I pray remnant one, it is not the end all of your walk. I still see most are distracted, by duty, work, just getting by, worry, watching all things going on, while neglecting prayer and the word, never let current events take you away from the prayer closet and holy study of the bible.
Psa 112:1 Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.
Psa 112:4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
Psa 112:7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.
Vrs 7 is the message.
How are we not afraid of evil, bad news? Our eyes are fixed on Jesus and not whats going on in the world.
WE next see trust, without trust, confidence, faith in God, we are done.
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings,.... Either respecting things temporal; the death of friends, loss of substance, public calamities, wars and rumours of wars, commotions, confusions, convulsions, and revolutions in states, kingdoms, and nations.
Psa_46:1 or things spiritual; such as are brought to him by Satan; that he is an hypocrite, and the root of the matter is not in him; for he knows him to be a liar, and the father of lies; or by his own unbelieving heart: or what will befall the churches of Christ, and the interest of religion, in the latter day; as that the outward court shall be given to the Gentiles; that the witnesses shall be slain, and an hour of temptation shall come upon all the earth; and such a time of tribulation as has not yet been; for he knows that the saints, will be kept in it, and carried through it, and glorious times will follow. Or, "he shall not be afraid of an evil hearing" (p); of an ill report raised of himself; for he knows he must go through good report and bad report; and especially when it is a false one, and for the sake of truth and righteousness, it gives him no uneasiness: nor is he afraid of hearing the report of the law, which in some sense may be called an evil hearing or report, in opposition to the hearing of faith, or the good report of the Gospel.
he is not afraid of it, when it curses, those that are under it, seeing he is redeemed by Christ from the curse of it; and therefore is not afraid of its menaces and threatenings, its curse and condemnation: nor is a good man afraid of or terrified at the tidings of death; nor will he be dismayed when the last trumpet sounds, and the dead are raised; when the heavens shall melt away with a great noise; when all shall be summoned to the judgment seat, and the wicked will hear, "Go ye cursed", he will be under no fears of hearing such a sentence.
Of evil tidings; at the report of approaching calamities and judgments of God, at which the wicked are so dismayed and affrighted.
Trusting in the Lord; casting all his care upon God, and securely relying upon his providence and promise.
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings - Of bad news; of reverses and losses; of the destruction of his ship at sea, or his property by land; of disaster by flood, by famine, by war. His heart will so fully confide in God that he can commit all calmly into his hands. He will feel assured that all will be well; that nothing occurs but that which the wisest and the best Being in the universe sees it best should occur; and that in all which “does” take place he is able to sustain the sufferer.
There is nothing so well suited to make the mind calm as trust in God. What has a man to be afraid of who does trust in him? Compare Psa_27:3; Psa_46:2; Psa_56:3-4; Heb_13:6; Pro_1:33.
His heart is fixed - Is firm; is established. See the notes at Psa_57:7.
Trusting in the Lord - This is the reason “why” his heart is “fixed” or firm. It is not any native courage or resolution; it is not any firmness of his own; it is simply because he has confidence in God, and feels assured that all things will be well.
A Christian at no time ought to fear either in expectation of evil tidings, or when the tidings actually arrive. And why?
1. Because, if you be troubled, and distracted, what do you more than other men? Where is the dignity of that new nature which you claim to possess?
2. Again, if you should be filled with alarm, as others are, you would, doubtless, be led into the sins so common to others under trying circumstances. The ungodly, when they are overtaken by evil tidings, rebel against God; they murmur, and think that God deals hardly with them. Will you fall into that same sin? Will you provoke the Lord, as they do?
3. Further, you must not give way to these doubts and alarms and fears, for, if you do, you will be unfit to meet the trouble.
4. If you give way to fright and fear when you hear of evil tidings, how can you glorify God?
Dear reader, we are in days that many have never seen before. Evil has been allowed to take over world affairs, but evil has not been allowed to take over your Christian walk. Trust in the lord, wait on him, he will come in his way, his time, and do all he has spoken to your heart about. Let us today fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,
Hos 5:15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offense, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.
If we do this, examine and repent, we can rest assure our way will be made straight and or path smooth.
“He shall not be afraid of evil tidings.”
Christian, you ought not to dread the arrival of evil tidings; because if you are distressed by them, what do you more than other men? Other men have not your God to fly to; they have never proved his faithfulness as you have done, and it is no wonder if they are bowed down with alarm and cowed with fear: but you profess to be of another spirit; you have been begotten again unto a lively hope, and your heart lives in heaven and not on earthly things; now, if you are seen to be distracted as other men, what is the value of that grace which you profess to have received? Where is the dignity of that new nature which you claim to possess?
Again, if you should be filled with alarm, as others are, you would, doubtless, be led into the sins so common to others under trying circumstances. The ungodly, when they are overtaken by evil tidings, rebel against God; they murmur, and think that God deals hardly with them. Will you fall into that same sin? Will you provoke the Lord as they do?
Moreover, unconverted men often run to wrong means in order to escape from difficulties, and you will be sure to do the same if your mind yields to the present pressure. Trust in the Lord, and wait patiently for him. Your wisest course is to do as Moses did at the Red Sea, “Stand still and see the salvation of God.” For if you give way to fear when you hear of evil tidings, you will be unable to meet the trouble with that calm composure which nerves for duty, and sustains under adversity. How can you glorify God if you play the coward? Saints have often sung God’s high praises in the fires, but will your doubting and desponding, as if you had none to help you, magnify the Most High? Then take courage, and relying in sure confidence upon the faithfulness of your covenant God, “let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”