Psalm 112:7 - 8 He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.
This psalm describes some of the benefits the righteous man experiences in his lifetime. His children will be mighty and blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house. His righteousness endures forever. The psalm also describes the lifestyle of the righteous person. They are gracious and compassionate. They give generously and lend freely.
Essentially this righteous person fulfils the Abrahamic covenant of Genesis 12. The Lord told Abraham that He would bless him so that Abraham and his descendants would be a blessing to others. This covenant reveals the heart of our Lord. He blesses and blesses and blesses so that we can be a source of blessing just like our Father. We reflect our natural Fathers and so we who are righteous through Christ reflect our heavenly Father’s essence.
As our two verses above state it is the heart that is key to all our righteousness and blessing. If our heart is secure, we will not fear. We will have no fear of bad news if our heart is steadfast. Jesus said in Matthew 12 that out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. (Matthew 12:34, 35) What is in our heart will flow out of our mouth. You cannot keep what is hidden in your heart from exposure. Sooner or later your words will reveal who and what you truly believe.
Our righteousness is not dependent upon our works that is all the good things we have done to please God. Like the Abrahamic covenant God took care of our righteousness by blessing us with the atoning work of Jesus. He blessed us with righteousness through Jesus. Romans 10 states: “That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (Verses 9 and 10)
I remember confessing Jesus as my Lord in meetings when I was first under conviction of the Holy Spirit. I would say it in the evening meeting but wake up in the morning thinking I don’t really believe that. I could confess all I wanted but it did not make me righteous until I believed in my heart. It wasn’t too long, only a couple of months before I believed in my heart but it was a process. But once I confessed with my mouth in alignment with my heart my worldview lined up with His and I experienced His steadfastness and the security of my salvation.
I have prayed many times a confession of my faith in God. When darkness was on the verge of overwhelming me, I have prayed a confession of my belief and faith in Him that is in my heart. Then I have found peace and security ultimately leading me to hold steadfast according to my confession.
Prayer: “Father, I confess that I believe in my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, that He took my sins upon His body so I might be free from them and have life everlasting. Thank you from the depths of my heart. Amen.”