1 Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. 2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever. 4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. 5 A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. 6 Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. 7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord. 8 His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies. 9 He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour. 10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.
There are some things in life that we know for a fact. I know that my spouse loves me. I know that my children love me. Beyond a shadow of a doubt. I know that I am saved and on my way to Heaven – again, beyond a shadow of a doubt. Everything else in life is uncertain, however. I don’t know if I will be here tomorrow – the bottom could fall out of the nation’s economy and we could all be broke today. Life contains more uncertainties than certainties.
~Proverbs 27:1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
With all these uncertainties then, how is one suppose to look at the day without feelings of desperation? The Psalmist says that the righteous shall not be afraid of evil tidings because his heart is fixed on the Lord and trusts in Him. How fixed is your heart today, Christian?
God’s love, and the “permanence” of that love, is something that you can count on. You never have to worry about it. You never have to doubt it. You never will lose it. This is one thing that you can know for certain! Though the winds blow, the rains fall, and the circumstances around you may seem impossible, God’s love for you is never ending!
When the child of God grasps this concept, there is a reassurance that whatever happens today has not taken the Lord Jesus Christ by surprise. When the heart is fixed on the Lord, one doesn’t wonder why. One trusts in Him because He is diligently watching over us.
~Psalms 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
~Proverbs 16:9 A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.
The Lord desires to guide us – He walks along side of us. When our heart is fixed on Him, we are not busy trying to order our own steps. I’ve been there, haven’t you? The best laid plans on my part had been planned for nothing. It’s so much easier to leave these matters to the Master and allow Him to guide us!
Reading my Bible and listening to the Holy Spirit’s voice will keep my heart going in the right direction. Staying fixed on the Lord Jesus Christ takes discipline and it requires a daily commitment. The time you put into having a fixed heart will be worth it – when you look at life’s circumstances, you won’t be overwhelmed because you will remember that God is on His throne! The efforts you put into it will produce equal results: put in much – have a fixed heart; put in little – be filled with worry!
~Psalms 11:3-7, 3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? 4 The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men. 5 The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. 6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup. 7 For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.
The Christian will go through many trials but he will not have to endure alone! He will know this because of the amount of time he has spent in God’s word and heeded to His directions! How fixed is your heart today? Work on it – just as you work on anything else that means something to you (whether it is your job, exercise, etc.)! You get out of it what you put into it. Are you tired of worrying? Then do something about it! Open your Bible and let the Lord Jesus Christ speak to you and encourage your heart.