For Sunday October 16, 2022
He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
At first reading, Psalm 112 seems too good to be true; but on further study, we realize it’s so good it must be true. This psalm explains how God blesses us when we praise Him, fear Him, and delight in His commandments (112:1).
Our children will be blessed by our faithfulness (112:2); our needs will be met (112:3); we’ll become more gracious, compassionate, and righteous (112:4); and more generous and discreet (112:5). Best of all, we’ll be secure in our hearts, unafraid of bad news (112:6–8).
This isn’t a promise that bad news will never come, for we all read the headlines every day and sometimes face that dreaded call in the night or those difficult conversations with a friend. But faith turns the bad news into topics of prayer and objects of trust, for we know God works all things together for those who love Him (Romans 8:28). Because of God’s sovereignty and Christ’s resurrection, we have a peace the world can never understand. Our hearts are “steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”
[The] peace of God … is an unspeakable calmness and serenity of spirit,
a tranquility in the blood of Christ, which keeps the souls of believers,
in their latest hour, even as a garrison keeps a city.