I told you that the devil would try to steal my joy yesterday. He tried. He may have gotten me a little aggravated or stressed ,but I was still praising God for the morning. If I hadn’t had that, yesterday would have been a big mess. Eat that devil! I love it when God wins. He always does once things are said and done. It’s just hard to see it sometimes when we are wallowing in our sorrow.
I was contemplating whether I should write about the Psalm I studied this morning or not. Until I got to the end. How could I not write about it?
Up until the last few verses the writer is talking about how wonderful God’s house is. There is something comforting and “at home” when you are part of a church who teaches the Bible. I am not an ideal church member. I miss church sometimes. I’ve laid out because I just wasn’t feeling it before. I’ve been sick. Kids have been sick. Husband has been late from work. I could have went alone. I’m not knocking the doors down every time it’s open. But, I do love my church. I love how it feels when I settle in my seat. It’s my church home.
The writer ends the Psalm in some pretty powerful statements. He says that he would rather spend a day in God’s courts than a thousand in the tents of the wicked people. (v10) One day. One day is very small compared to a thousand. He said he would rather be a door keeper in God’s house than to be with the wicked. He must have felt God like I did yesterday.
Wickedness is all around us. Watch the news. Go to the mall and people watch. I bet one of your neighbors is up to no good. There is no place to get away from it. Everywhere we turn there is something there to tempt us. Something we see. Something we hear. Something we don’t need to dabble in. Something we shouldn’t say or do. It’s just everywhere. Except in the presence of God.
There is where we go to be safe. Protected from the wicked. From all that crap that tries to get us down. He is a sun and shield. He leads the way and He protects us. He comforts us. He prevents the enemy from getting to us with His shield. That gives me comfort. He also gives us grace and glory.(V11)
I need me some grace,don’t you? If it weren’t for His grace, I can’t imagine where I would be. He gives more grace than we could ever begin to understand. I require a lot of grace just so ya know! I’m so grateful His grace covers all of my failures. All of my wrong choices. All the sin. All the ugly stuff. His grace never runs out. Thank You Lord for Your never-ending grace!
He also says that for us who walk uprightly he will not withhold any good thing.Those of us who walk in the Truth. Now this doesn’ mean we are perfect by any means. I believe this means for the ones whose heart is focused on the Lord. For those who fail and fall and keep the faith. Who are setting our eyes on heavenly things(Colossians 3:2). God knows our hearts. He knows if we are true to Him or not.(Psalm 44:21) For these people, he will not keep good things from. Any good thing.(V11)
I don’t know about you, but I like good things. I need good things. They make the bad things seem not so bad don’t they? Even the smallest good thing can seem huge. Like the day I was at Chic-fil-A. I was just having a regular day. No problems or anything that I recall. The everyday stuff.
I have to brag about Chic-fil-A right quick. Their customer service is outstanding. I know that it isn’t easy to be so positive these days. Especially working with the public. Most places now are full of rude and uncaring people. Its not good. I appreciate the effort that the employees put in to their jobs. It does show!
The guy at the window asked me how my day was. I told him “fine”. The typical response. I don’t know if I had a certain look on my face or what, but he walked away and came back with an ice cream cone and told me “maybe this will make it just a little better”. Y’all, that touched me! He did not have to do that. I did not order an ice cream cone.
I cried. Not in front of him. I thanked him and of course I was grinning like a possum. I knew that God didn’t have to use that man to bless me, but He did. With a simple vanilla ice cream cone. With that simple (and tasty) good thing, he impacted my life. It moved me spiritually. I knew that it was from God. We need more of this in the world.
He was obedient to what God told him to do. I want to do this too. I want to be able to impact others with good things. Whatever they may be. I wasn’t in a pitiful place when this happened. I was growing in my walk with the Lord. I was trying to become (and still am) that person who walks uprightly. He will not withhold any good thing from us. Thank You Lord!
I bet I’ve missed a lot of the good things He’s given me by me being away from Him. In His presence is where we have to be to get these things. I need to remember this. I need to remember that only good things come from God. If I’m not with Him. How can I get them? I’m not after things though. I’m satisfied with just being with Him. Like yesterday. So when those other days come and I’m hiding behind His shield because things are coming at me. I can remember how He feels and how it is all worth it.
I hope that you too can see the good things He has for you. It is hard sometimes. I know that so well. I’ve been stuck in that dark place many,many times. I will most likely go back there too. I do know there is another side now though. Full of good things.
Lord, Thank You. For the so many good things You have given me. Forgive me for all the times that You sent them for me to see and I couldn’t. Thank You for helping me see better now. Help me continue to grown so I can see more and more of You in my life. Be with each person reading this. Show them all the good things You have for them. Help them see You more and more. Use us to give others good things that You have for them. A day in Your presence is worth more than any other days filled with things. Help us to see You in all that we do. We love You and thank You.
In Jesus name, amen