Our Lord is Upright – Psalm 92:14-15

“They still bear fruit in old age;
they are ever full of sap and green,
to declare that the LORD is upright;
he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.”

Psalm 92:14-15

My Lord is upright. Even when I don’t understand His plan, this does not change. He is upright and this makes Him a solid rock to stand on, a foundation for my feet that I can trust without reservation. Immovable, unshakable, steadfast.

This is my hope, the sure and steadfast anchor of my soul – that through the blood of Jesus Christ, the sacrifice that sealed the new covenant of God with His people, I am reconciled forever with this God who does not change and will not fail. This God whose faithfulness stands firm. This God whose throne is established in righteousness and justice. This God who upholds the universe by the word of His power and who holds me firmly in His hand with saving grace.

He is upright and I am His.

So where does doubt come into play? In light of this truth, it is no wonder that in my great-grandmother’s Bible, she wrote that the greatest sin a Christian can commit is worry. I’m not aiming for an in-depth discussion of comparing sin; I don’t believe that was her focus either. But the statement brings into focus the seriousness of this transgression.

When we worry, it reveals a root of doubt within us about our God. About His power, His character, His wisdom. Doubt in His uprightness. Doubt that He is able or willing to lead us well and clearly. Doubt that He is truly sovereign over all. Doubt in His faithfulness to us in this moment or season. Doubt that He really understands or cares. Doubt that He is good. Doubt that He can overcome our weaknesses to accomplish His purposes. The devil whispers in our ear, “Did God really say that?” or, “He didn’t really mean ______” – and whether this brings doubt into our perspectives on sin or on God’s promises, the devastating impact is the same. Doubt in the One who is to be our rock.

Silence the lies. Immediately. Do not ponder them. Do not allow them to take root and strengthen.

As a plaque in my room says, “Don’t allow the questions of your heart to overturn your faith…Allow your faith to overturn the questions of your heart.”

I’m not talking about blind faith that has no solid basis. Our God has given us plenty of solid basis through His Word (which has historical evidence confirming God’s preservation of it), through the witness of generations of His people who have come before us, through His past faithfulness to us personally, and through His Spirit given to us that assures us confidently that in Christ we have become children of God (Romans 8:16).

When the enemy starts to cast small doubts into your mind and heart, focus your attention back on truth and declare decisively, “This is what the Lord says.” When we hold fast and look to our Lord, setting Him before us and keeping His steadfast truth before our eyes, we will not be shaken. And it will be said of us:

“The righteous flourish like the palm tree
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
They are planted in the house of the Lord;
they flourish in the courts of our God.
They still bear fruit in old age;
they are ever full of sap and green,
to declare that the LORD is upright;
he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.”
Psalm 92:12-15

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