How Good is Our God to Us? Psalm 84

God empowers us to succeed in life - receiving favor and honor.
Psalm 84 tells us how good is our God to us. We should read the whole psalm to see and enjoy it. But in particular, I want to point out verses 11 & 12:

  • 11a  For the LORD God is a sun and shield; 
    • Sun: our guide. God leads us and shows us the ways we should walk.
    • Shield: our protection. As we walk in the righteous paths, there evil and wicked will want to attack us. God foresees and protects us from them.
  • 11b the LORD bestows favor and honor. 
    • favor: we are given all the grace and power, wisdom, and abilities to do the things that He leads us to do.
    • honor: We achieved and become successful. We receive honors. God's glory is revealed through our honor and success. Can you see it? He gives us the abilities so that we become successful and He is happy for us.
  • 11c No good thing does he withhold
    • God withholds nothing good. If we have not received anything; then the thing must not have been good for us or it is not the right time for us to have it yet.
    • The devil, however, wants us to think that God keeps the best and don't want us to have the best. He told Eve, "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  Eve fell for it. Will we?
  • 11d from those who walk uprightly.
    • God is a just God. There is a condition for the blessings of honor and favor. We must walk in His righteous ways.
  • 12  O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!
    • The Key issue has always been, "Do we trust God?"

May we put our full trust in God and we always walk in His Ways. We believe that He does not withhold the best from us. He guides us and as we walk in His ways, his protection shields us from the attack of the enemies. He gives us grace and abilities to accomplish great tasks and receive honors that His name may be glorified through us. May we always remember that it was His grace that empowers us to succeed. May we always are grateful and never be proud thinking that we did it by ourselves.

Lim Liat (c) 6 Feb 2018

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