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#886 – How Firm a Foundation (Psalm 112:7)

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“He is not afraid of bad news. His heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.”
(Psalm 112:7)

What a powerful verse. It’s talking about the righteous. It’s talking about the one who trusts in God, trusting in the Lord. When that is your posture of your life, my life on a daily basis, if we wake up trusting in the Lord, we walk throughout the day trusting in the Lord, we go to bed trusting in the Lord, what does that mean? That means our hearts will be firm. Just think about it. Don’t you want a heart that is firm, a life that is resting on a sure foundation. From the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep and really by extension, every moment you are sleeping, you are trusting in God, therefore your heart is firm. You know that God has your life in His hands and that He is trustworthy, that the One who knows everything that was and is and is to come, the One who knows everything that’s going to happen in your life holds you in His loving hands. Feel this. Rest in this. Take heart in this.

Don’t you want a life that rests on a sure foundation? This is what is afforded to us through the good news of Christ. Lord help us to trust in You.

You have a firm place to stand. You don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. You don’t know what’s going to happen a year from now. But you know this. Your heart is in the hands of God and you can trust Him with everything you have, everything around you. You can trust Him. He is trustworthy. Therefore, you don’t have to be afraid of bad news. What a great way to live. You don’t have to be afraid of bad news. I read this and I just start to think about potential bad news that I can hear today and man, as my mind starts to wander to bad news I can hear today, it’s not encouraging to think that way, right? Think about something happening to someone in my family or a lot of people in my family or just people I love or just this or that happening in the world. There’s all kinds of bad news that I can imagine in my mind. But the reality is, so how can you not be afraid when you start thinking about all those things? Here’s how, because you’re trusting in the Lord.

There is a reality that comes in trusting in the Lord that says even the worst thing that could happen that I can get imagine, as long as I’m trusting in God and I know He is good and I know He loves me and I know He’s working all things together for good, those who love Him and I know that in the end He’s going to wipe away every tear from my eyes. There’s going to be no more sorrow and no more hurting and no more pain and every nation, tribe and tongue and people is going to gather around His throne. People from every nation, tribe and tongue sing His praises and a new Heaven, a new earth will last forever and ever and ever. I’m trusting in God. So even the worst thing that I can imagine, I can lean on these promises and my heart can be firm and so I just want to encourage you with that today and lead us to pray in light of that today. God, we want to live such that we are not afraid of bad news. We want to live with firm hearts.

So help us to trust in You right now. When we go to bed tonight, as we sleep, when we wake up tomorrow, help us to trust in You. Help us to live trusting in You and no matter what happens, no matter what good news or bad news comes our way in the days, months, years, moments to come, God, we pray that when that bad news comes, we pray that You would help us to trust in You then. We pray that when good news comes, You would help us to trust in You then, help us to keep our eyes fixed on You, our hearts firm in You, trusting in You, walking with You, worshiping You and we trust that You will in a Proverbs 3:5 and 6 kind of way, make our paths straight and so we say today, we are not afraid of bad news. Our hearts are firm because we are trusting in You. In Jesus name, in the name of the One who makes all of Your promises a reality for us, in His name we pray, amen.

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David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and president of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, and Counter Culture.
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