“They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.”
I love this verse. I just love it. It invites us to trust God on such a practical, down to earth, everyday level. It also invites us to dig deeper, because the following questions beg to be asked:
Who does not fear bad news?
Who confidently trusts that the Lord will care for them?
Because I want to be that person. I want my relationship with God to be that solid. I want to have that kind of confidence.
So how do I get there?
My study bible opens this psalm up by saying that, “God guards the minds and actions of those who follow his commands.”
So this is our first step: follow his commands.
I know this may cause you to bristle. But let’s think about this for a second. Because the more I get to know God, the more I come to know that his commands are always and only for our good. Just as a parent stops their kids from touching a hot stove to save them from getting burned, or from eating too much candy to prevent an upset stomach, or to warn them about getting into dangerous situations to keep their futures secure and their bodies safe, so the Lord does the same for us through his commands.
When news of bad things come, I want my first response to be wonder at what God is up to behind the scenes. I want to stand firm in confidence that as I follow God with all my heart, soul and mind he will guard me, guide me and protect me in ways I could never imagine.
And when the news is particularly hard, hitting so very close to home, I want my first instinct to be to turn to him with my tears of sorrow, pain, or confusion because I know he loves and cares for me. I know that in turning to him I may not find understanding, but I know I will most certainly find peace.
How joyful are those who fear the Lord
and delight in obeying his commands.
They do not fear bad news;
they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.
Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.