Psalm 84 Part 6
I have been so blessed as I have considered the message of this Psalm, how great it is being in the house of the Lord! In recent times there has been a major attack on the church by the god of this world. We have experienced a complete shutdown of the church for a significant period of time, and when church attendance was permitted it came with major restrictions that a lot of people could not accept so they chose to stay away from the church. Now when the restrictions were lifted they have not returned because they have allowed the circumstances of life to dull their love for the Lord. Hebrews 10:24-25 says: “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much so as you see the Day approaching”. The signs of the times in which we live suggest that the end of time is approaching. Because of this, we should be very diligent in making certain that we attend church every week. Now let us look at the last two verses, 11&12 “For the Lord God is a sun and a shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly, O Lord of Hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in you!” NLT “For the Lord is our light and protector, He gives us grace and glory, no good thing the Lord withhold from those who do what is right, O Lord Almighty, happy are those who trust in You!” I am so encouraged by the way the verse commences “The Lord is “, here is a definite statement, one of certainty – this is what our Lord is, one who can be relied upon, not only that He is predictable, we know exactly what our Lord and Saviour is like. Hebrews 13:8 declares: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever”. In a world that changes so often, it is reassuring to know that our Lord does not change. Next, the verse says that the Lord is our light, when we are in the light we can see where we are going and we can see every obstacle that may be in the way and so avoid them. Then the verse states that He is our protector, so we do not have to fear the possibility of any danger that could come into our life – we have the protection of someone who has never been defeated and never will be. What is declared next is so outstanding “He gives us grace and glory” – this means He gives us His favour and likeness as we love His presence and abide there. The verse just gets better, for now, it states that The Lord will not withhold any good thing from our lives when we walk in His ways, this is so good to be reminded of this. Then finally the verse goes on to say that we are happy when we trust in Him, for He supplies all our needs. It has been so good to look at this Psalm and be impacted by the Lord’s favour on our lives because we love His presence!