Thursday, October 15, 2009
No good thing does God withhold from those who walk uprightly. (Ps. 84:11b)
Break-It-Down [said with attitude and three snaps in Z-formation]!
Good thing: the ability to worship God even in exile; to be who we're meant to be.
Upright walk: trying to remain upright though the winds of the world wage war against us.
Why is this so hard for me to believe? Because heretics and many televangelists have taken this scripture and used is for financial gain. Charlatans have twisted this scripture to fill their pockets while unsuspecting victims believe good things come in the form of health and wealth, a Porsche and a hot spouse, a mansion and a million bucks.
But this text in context is a beautiful song written by Korahites, the temple keepers, who speak about a longing to dwell with God, to yearn for God, to find protection and strength in God. In conclusion (v11-12), because of all the things the Lord provides (v1-10), we have all good things when we walk uprightly. For some, good things are a Porsche and large bank account. For others it's cancer and the ability draw people to the Lord. In either situation, we are truly blessed because the Lord is our shield (protection) and our sun (light) (84:11a).
How is the Lord your shield today? Have you been given light in a dark time in your life? What are the good things the Lord has given you while you've walked uprightly? Sing loud, sing proud, blessed in the person who trust in you (84:12).