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  • William T. Howe Ph.D.

June 29, 2024

Rēad to Read …Again

Daily Reading: Psalm 80-85


Psalm 84:11

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.


One of the Lord God’s accusations against those in Malachi’s days was: Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts? (Malachi 3:14) Many think this even unto today. They think it is vain to serve the Lord, to keep His ordinances (His Word), to walk mournfully (soberly, carefully), or to even walk before him (a conscious understanding that He is always watching their actions, therefore they act accordingly).


But they are wrong. It is not vain to serve God. Today’s verse is one of probably a thousand that proves it. For those who serve Him, who in order to do so walk uprightly, there are benefits.


He is their sun.  From the sun comes things needed in this life: light. Those who know Him and walk in Him do not walk in darkness, but rather in the light. The light of salvation, the light of the Scriptures, the light on the pathway of life so there is no fear of stumbling, the light that warms, the light that gives energy, the light that is needed for growth and understanding.


He is their shield. The shield speaks of protection. He is the divine protector. That unseen shield that deflects the fiery darts of the wicked. Many times His shield is employed and we know it not. Perhaps in Heaven our Lord will show us the multiplicity of times that He shielded us from things that would have, could have, or should have hurt. He promised Abraham that He would be his shield and exceeding great reward. King David said in II Samuel 22:3 …he is my shield… Proverbs 30:5 clearly states, Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. On and on this could go.


He will give grace. God’s grace, coupled with His mercy and peace, is so important that it is mentioned in the introduction to 19 of the last 22 books of the Bible. Truly, His grace is amazing. In fact, His grace is so important that it is highlighted in the very last verse of the very last chapter, in the very last book of the Bible. Revelation 22:21. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.


He will give glory. Jesus said of this glory, And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: (John 17:22). God’s people give Him the glory, and in return He gives them glory.


He withholds no good thing. Sometimes things seem bad, but God meant them for good. Remember Joseph and his brothers? Sometimes things seem good to us, but they would be bad for us, so our Father protects us from them. The good things of life He gives to those who walk uprightly proving that God is good all the time, and all the time God is good.


Yes, a thousand times yes, serving the Lord is not in vain. To those who do uprightly He is their sun and shield, He gives them grace and glory, and withholds no good thing from them.


Dr. William T. Howe

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