Getting the Big Picture (Psalm 84)

The LORD God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless (PSALM 84:11).

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Have you ever seen a miner’s hat with a lamp in front? When a miner is down in the darkness of the mine, that light can shine somewhere around twenty-five feet in front of him. If he said to himself, “I’m not going to take another step until I can see the end of the tunnel,” then he would never take another step. He walks in the light he already has, and as he walks in the light, he will find that light moving out in front of him. The more he walks in faith, the more guiding light he has. God’s guiding light is like this: it is given only in proportion to one’s absolute trust.
Not only does God guide us, but God guards us. He is not only a sun; he is also a shield. He protects us, puts his hand over us, puts angels beside us and his Holy Spirit within us. That’s why Paul could say, “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom” (2 Timothy 4:18). Think about that. The Lord will deliver you from every evil work.

52 Weeks Through the Psalms

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Are you exposed to evil? Unless you’re a hermit with no access to other people or to the media, I sus- pect you are…daily. We all need God’s protection against the foes that would take us down. In him we have a sun to light our path so we don’t take any false steps, and a shield of protection to guard us from evil. Like the miner with his hat, we can depend on God to guide us and protect us as far as we can see. As for what we can’t see —all that remains far ahead of us—we simply need to know God’s light will continue to extend on our path for as long as we live. We can count on him to be our sun and shield. He will bestow favor and honor on us as we walk blamelessly ahead in his light.

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James Merritt. 52 Weeks Through The Psalms Devotional. Harvest House Publishers. Eugene, Oregon, 2018.