For the righteous will never be moved;
he will be remembered forever.
He is not afraid of bad news;
his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
Psalm 112:6-7 ESV
Our anxiety, our awful fear, just at hearing ‘bad news’, is no unusual response for mere mortals. In fact, it makes pretty good sense. But when we find ourselves wrapped in Christ, by grace, through faith, we may find more beyond the first flash of fear….
Charles Spurgeon wrote of Psalm 112:7 …. “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?
“(Unbelievers) 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.”
From Charles Spurgeon in Morning and Evening.