In so many ways our world has become a giant echo chamber of bad news. The twenty four hour news channels would have us believe that there is nothing good happening in our world. In election weeks like this one, social media is chock full of dire predictions about what will happen to our nation if our candidate does not win. And of course to make it all the more complicated, Covid 19 is like a huge wet blanket that feels as if it is smothering our relationships, church life, and life in general. How much good news do you hear?
In Psalm 4:6 David speaks to this very issue when he writes, “Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?” You see, bad news is not an issue only of our time. Who can show us any good in a virtual sea of negativity around us? It is a very good question and one that David had an answer for.
“Many are asking, ‘Who can show us any good?
Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord,
You have filled my heart with greater joy
Than when their grain and new wine abound.
I will lie down and sleep in peace,
For you alone, O Lord,
make me dwell in safety.”
This is fascinating. People around David are asking, ‘who can show us any good?’ because their eyes were on the events in the world around them and all they perceived was an echo chamber of bad news. They lived in discouragement with a negative attitude and an anxious and worried heart. But not David.
David’s perspective was different because he was not focused on the negativity of the world around him but on God, who is the ultimate good news in the sea of bad news. He is the antidote to bad news. He is the antidote to worry and anxiety that can permeate our beings. Think of the light of God’s face shining on you, as David says. According to Scripture that is what he does all the time. That brings joy. “You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.” Greater joy than the very best harvest, the very best paycheck. Our true source of joy is not to be found in the external world which is fallen and broken, but in God, regardless of the circumstances around us.
This joy leads to peace. “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Would you like to lie down and sleep in peace? Those around David are asking, who can show us any good? And David sleeps in peace because he knows it is the Lord who makes him dwell in safety. The world around us may not feel safe, but God is always safe. And He can bring us joy and peace if we will focus on Him.
As our election season unfolds, don’t listen to the echo chamber of bad news. Rather, allow God’s face to shine on you, bring you true joy and allow His peace to quiet your heart.