Summer in the Psalms: Psalm 112 - We Are Not Moved
Fear can grip us in an instant. Whether it is internal or external, perceived or real, or even from a very scary situation, we all experience fear. In those very real emotions, we are challenged to fear the Lord and allow Him to give us shalom in the middle of the storm. Unfortunately, too often we spend way too much time fearing things that shrink God in our minds.
Psalm 111 and 112 are acrostics that use the Hebrew alphabet as a form of poetry. Psalm 111 speaks of God in His greatness and His big story. Psalm 112 speaks of our little stories that contribute to His big story. It is very important to understand who God is. The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear Him (Psalm 25:4). We must constantly be reminded of who God is and what He has done. A rhythm of time and place in the Bible is so life giving.
When we fear the Lord (give Him His proper place of reverence), we can live out Psalm 112:4-9. We will be gracious, merciful, righteous, and generous. We will conduct our affairs with justice.
Verse 6 says, "For the righteous will never be moved." Our culture is moving constantly. When we fear God, we can walk gracious fairness which will give our lives stability. Verse 7 goes on to say, "He is not afraid of bad news". The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus gives us the ability to recognize bad news for what it really is and have peace that passes understanding as we walk through difficult seasons. "His heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid". Firm means "uprightness like a tower", and steady means "leaning against". We have security in Him.
The key to all of it is found in verse 7 when it says, "trusting in the Lord". We must trust when we feel like it and when we don't, because that is faith! Psalm 27 says to be "strong and courageous and wait on the Lord". We are not in control and we don't have the answers most of the time. Rely on Him.
Verse 1 starts with "blessed is the man..." and Verse 10 says, "The wicked man...". These verses show the path of the godly and the ungodly. We make decisions every day. Allow God's truth to color your life to walk a godly path of fearing Him. This allows His presence to be a security over you.
To Discuss Today:
1. What grips you with fear today? Why?
2. Write down, God, today I fear 1. _____________ 2. ____________ 3. ________, etc... I choose to give these fears over to you. My only fear today will be a reverent fear of your love and strength in my life.
3. How often do you find yourself trying to have all the answers in a crisis? How has the past few months given you a different perspective of "having all the answers"?