FIXED Andy Hollifield 11-13-17
Psalms 57 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise.
Psalms 108:1 [[ A song or psalm of David]] O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.
Psalms 112:7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.
Luke 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
Fixed—–(1) fastened, attached, or placed so as to be firm and not readily movable; firmly implanted; stationary; rigid. (2) rendered stable or permanent (3) set or intent upon something; steadily directed (4) definitely and permanently placed (5) not fluctuating or varying; definite
In the four verses listed above, you will find the word “fixed” five times. It is a small word but has life-changing meaning. When we ever get our heart “fixed” on God, every little problem that comes up will not blow us out of the water. To really understand verse 7 of Psalms 112, you need to look back at verse 6 and the previous verses and see where the psalmist was in his life. You will find that he is writing this psalm because of fear in the first 6 verses. He is distressed to an extent because of what the enemy is wanting to do to him. He does however, even in his fear and distress, display great confidence in God in verse 2 where it says “I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.” In verse 4 he goes so far as to say “my soul is among lions.” In verse 6, he speaks of how the enemy is trying to destroy him. But then he gets down to verse 7. In verses 7-8 he declares that his heart is fixed. Now, if you look at the definition of the word “fixed” it will begin to bless you even more than you thought possible. Not readily movable. It is a joy to know that we have a God that is not fluctuating and is permanently placed. After verse 7, you will find that he closes the chapter praising the God that he believes is able to “perform all things” for him.
Psalms 108 is a chapter that is filled with praise until the circumstance was changed. Psalms 112 is much like 108 except in 112 he also discusses his desire to see his enemies taken down by the Lord. In verse 7 he declares that he shall not be afraid because his heart is fixed and trusting in the Lord. It is amazing to me how much better we might be serving the Lord.
The last verse speaks about the great gulf that is fixed between Paradise and the Earth. It also speaks about the rich man’s action toward Lazarus while they were living. It doesn’t say too much about their relationship but only to say that, after death, the rich man clearly wishes he had time for Lazarus while they were living.
The word “fixed” is only used five times in the bible and I have listed all of them. The one thing that we haven’t covered is your heart. Is your heart fixed? It’s interesting to me that every occurrence of the word, except this one, speaks of the psalmist having his heart “fixed” on the Lord and trusting him. This verse in Luke, speaks of one man who didn’t have his heart fixed and one that did. One that counted on God to destroy his enemies and one that was the enemy of God. Wouldn’t it be much better to be comforted by the word rather than to be tormented by it? As Lazarus found out, it was well worth the afflictions he endured in this life just to get eternal comfort in the next.
I am thankful that we don’t have to endure trouble and afflictions alone. We have a God that has stood the test of time every time. A “God who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us” even as sinners he still loves us. He has made us to sit in heavenly places just as Lazarus did (Ephesians 2). We have a God that we can run to for help for a refuge. A God that has never lost a battle even though there is a warfare going on between our soul and our spirit. Is your heart “fixed” on the Lord? If not, it can be. Christ bridged that gulf when he died on Calvary’s cross. He took our place and suffered the penalty of death for us so that we wouldn’t have to. Is your heart fixed on him when you are in trouble or do you get tossed with every breeze? There is something about eating in the presence of our enemies at the table God has prepared there for us. When the presence of our enemies don’t scare you, you better have God’s hand upon you and your heart fixed on him. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!