Earthquakes have been a part of the human existence for a long time. It is a great aid in the metaphor presented in title of the post. The question of how can one experience two opposing realities is answered as well in our text.
Without a doubt, those who are present when an earthquake ensues will shake along with every thing else that is connected or tied to the earth. If that is the case, how can one experience an earthquake without being shaken. In the physical or natural realm, one will not escape the shaking; however, in the spiritual, one can escape being shaken by demonstrating godly character which preserves from fear of evil and ensures success against enemies because of one’s trust in God: TRUST: Never Be Shaken.
I am not stating that one will not experience danger, fear, hardship or harm. What I am saying is that God has promised that the man or woman who trusts in Him can live above the emotion that comes from danger, fear, hardship or harm. Actually, I am not saying it; God is. He says TRUST: Never Be Shaken.
6 Surely the righteous will never be shaken;
they will be remembered forever.
7 They will have no fear of bad news;
their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
Clearly, bad news does not discriminate, but God is offering us the opportunity to live above our circumstances. The Word does not say the righteous would not have bad news. God says the righteous would not have fear of bad news because their hearts are steadfast (continually) trusting in the Lord. The righteous man or woman does not fear bad news, because he/she knows that God is able to bring him/her through it. He knows TRUST: Never Be Shaken.
The word for shaken in this verse is mowt (mōte) which means to totter, shake, slip, to be shaken, be moved, be overthrown. Why? Psalm 108:1 says, “My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul.” The believer must TRUST that God is in control and will use whatever “bad news” he faces or befalls him for his good. That is what we are told in Romans 8:28 among many other places in the Word. Joseph attested to this fact in Genesis 50:20. Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah attested to this fact in Daniel 3:15-18. God attests to this fact in Jeremiah 29:11.
When we get to Psalm 15 TRUST: Never Be Shaken, we can only stand on those truths. That foundation is restated in Psalm 55:22 which says, “2 Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” The tottering, shaking, slipping, moving or overthrowing can be stopped or thwarted at the discretion of God. He says never. God constantly guides us in the matter of bad news.
God is faithful, holy, right, true and able. He has, is and will keep the righteous from being shaken. It is God who gives the faith to trust Him in the midst of the storm. We simply need to sing and make music with our soul of God’s character and God’s power which are The Basis of Trust.
TRUST: Never Be Shaken.