So many unsettling things are happening lately, acts of terror, earthquakes everywhere, devastating disasters, wars and rumors of wars, economic market collapses, flying fireballs from heaven, sinkholes swallowing people alive, to name a few. Who knows just what is really going on?
In my reading this morning, I was blessed by Psalm 94.
In verse 11, it reduces all man's so-called knowledge, cunning, and conniving:
"The LORD knows the thoughts of man,
That they are futile."
The word for futile in the Hebrew, according to the Blue Letter Bible, is hebel, is pronounced heh'vel and is
1) vapour, breath
a) breath, vapour
b) vanity (fig.)
So, in God's estimation, plans that are created to cause fear and terror in men's hearts are vanity.
God gives great encouragement to the believer in Christ who is living in these "perilous times." These are not times to cower in fear, but to strengthen our hearts in God and Christ, just like David did thousands of years ago. The words the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 94 are just as relevant NOW as when penned years before Messiah came.
Muse on these words, see how relevant they are to NOW:
94:12 "Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O LORD,
And teach out of Your law,
94:13 "That You may give him rest from the days of adversity
Until the pit is dug for the wicked.
94: 14 "FOR THE LORD WILL NOT CAST OFF HIS PEOPLE,
NOR WILL HE FORSAKE HIS INHERITANCE.
94: 15 "But judgment will return to righteousness,
And all the upright in heart will follow it.
94: 17 "UNLESS THE LORD HAD BEEN MY HELP,
MY SOUL WOULD SOON HAVE SETTLED IN SILENCE."
94: 18 "If I say, 'My foot slips,"
Your mercy, O LORD, will hold me up."
94: 19 "IN THE MULTITUDE OF MY ANXIETIES WITHIN ME,
YOUR COMFORTS DELIGHT MY SOUL."
So, there was the Old Testament's "magic pill" for anxiety, which was all the Jews had at the time. King David especially, lover of God's Torah, puts us to shame. We have the completed Word and yet David understood God's essence much better than we do! Right now, it is time for us to store up in our souls the Word of God, the only light that shines in this world of darkness that is reigned over by the prince of the power of the air.(See Ephesians 2:2)
There is refuge in no other person, no other hope found anywhere. There are no human solutions to the mess this world is in. Delight in the Lord (Psalm 1: 2), He will not let you down (Hebrew 13: 5). While we wait for His blessed appearing to come again in glory, I love what the prophet Isaiah instructs us to do:
Isaiah 26:20 "Come, my people, enter your chambers, And shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, Until the indignation is past."
The Lord will come and make things right on this planet. The Lord is a just and righteous judge, He is never unfair.(Revelation 16: 5-7).
Isaiah 26: 21 "For behold, the LORD comes out of His place To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; The earth will also disclose her blood, And will no more cover her slain."
"Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name?
For You alone are holy.
FOR ALL NATIONS SHALL COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE YOU,
For Your judgments have been manifested."
Revelation 15: 4