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A Favorite Bible Verse

Sunday, December 25th, 2005

Psalm84:11:For the LORD God [is] a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good [thing] will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

I love this verse; as I meditate upon it, I am encouraged to take my attention off myself and place my attention upon the LORD God. First, the LORD God is a sun. This reminds me of John 1:4: “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” The Lord gives His people the light of true spiritual knowledge. Psalm 84:11 also brings to mind the following verse:

Psalm 27:1: [[[A Psalm] of David.]] The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

The LORD can give wisdom (light of understanding) to know the right things to think, do and say in even difficult circumstances. As I depend upon Him, though circumstances be daunting, yet I need not succumb to fear and anxiety.

Psalm 119:114: Thou [art] my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.

The LORD, our shield,defends us from His and our enemies. He gives us hope and encouragement through His Word.

2Corinthians 3:18: But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord.

The LORD gives us the grace of salvation and finally brings us to glory; as we were reminded in a sermon by Christopher Love today based upon 2 Timothy 2:1: “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus,” Christ is the Author of grace; He gives the being of grace and the increase of grace.

Psalm 34:9: O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for [there is] no want to them that fear him.
Psa 34:10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good [thing].

The LORD gives His people every good thing, spiritual and material. As we reverence Him in godly fear, as we seek Him, as we live lives of purposeful obedience to Him, we can trust our desperate and continuing needs to Him. He will give us the wisdom we need in difficult situations. He will give us the grace to behave lovingly when we are tempted to do otherwise. He will give us a calm and trusting heart when we are tempted to be fearful or anxious.

Proverbs 2:7: He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: [he is] a buckler to them that walk uprightly.

God is not indiscriminate in the bestowing of His good things, His spiritual pearls (Matthew 7:6: Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.); His spiritual blessings are for those who walk uprightly, who trust in Christ for salvation, and who live lives of purposeful obedience to Him. If we claim to love God, this will be evidenced by our obedience to Him:

1John 2:3: And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
1Jo 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
1Jo 2:5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.