For tFruit-2he 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” (Psalm 84: 11).

This month the Lord says, “No good thing will I withhold from you. I have chosen you to be My people who walk uprightly before Me.” Sun, shield, grace, glory, good thing and uprightly are the few important words in the above verse. When the Psalmist said, “The LORD will give grace and glory”, he says,“Grace is the beginning of our journey and glory is the end of our journey. The LORD will help us begin our spiritual journey with grace and He will also help us finish our spiritual journey with glory.” Between the beginning with grace and end with glory, the journey can be really difficult and lonely. Apostle Peter explains the purpose of this tough and difficult journey in 1 Peter 5: 10, “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle  you.” The suffering we go through will not be in vain. It will make us perfect, established, strengthened and settled. Whatever that starts with grace must end with glory. In between grace and glory, in the midst of suffering, the LORD, who is the Sun of Righteousness says, “I will be your sun and shield.” Sun stands for provision and the shield stands for protection. Sun light is important and provides the needed energy for a plant to grow. the LORD will provide all your needs as an all sufficient El- Shaddai. He  shall protect and secure you as a shield.

So what is the condition to experience the above promise? Walk uprightly. Psalm 34: 9 , 10, “O fear the LORD, ye His saints: for there is no want to them that fear Him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.” Sometimes, what we think as good for us may not be good. God alone knows what is good and what is bad for us. So whatever the LORD allows in our lives will be for our good. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? The Psalmist exhibits his upright walk in three ways which mark the character sketch of an upright man. 1. Longing, 2. Praising, and 3. Trusting.

WHO CAN EXPERIENCE THE GOODNESS OF GOD?

  1. ONE WHO LONGS FOR GOD: “My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God” (Psalm 84: 2). An upright man will say, “My heart and flesh do not cry for the blessings, good health, and comforts but for the living God.” His desire is to go into the house of the LORD and meet Him there. Vs. 3, “Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even Thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God.” As David said, “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD”, the upright ones have a desire to go into the house of God and worship Him. If you choose to go into God’s house to worship Him, the LORD says, “I will bless you. No good thing will I withhold from you.” If you have been saved by God’s grace, then you ought to have a strong desire to worship the LORD and fellowship with Him in His house. Let this be your prayer this month, “Lord! Fill me with an uncontrollable passion for Your presence. I want to get desperate for You.” Psalm 84: 10 – “For a day in Thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” Dear friend, true blessings and deliverance are found only in God’s presence. Psalm 36: 8 – “They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of Thy house; and Thou shalt make them drink of the river of Thy pleasures.”  Let your heart long for the LORD and His house.

             Tell the LORD, “LORD, I have no other desire. You are my desire and my heart’s delight.” Psalm 27: 4, “One thing                        have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to                  behold  the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in His temple.” An upright man who enjoys the goodness of the LORD is the one               who longs  for his God.

2. ONE WHO PRAISES GOD:“Blessed are they that dwell in Thy house: they will be still praising Thee” (Psalm 84: 4). An upright man praises his God continually. Who are these people? These are the ones who pass through the valley of Baca. The valley of Baca means the valley of tears. While they pass through the valley of tears, they will be still praising the LORD. In the midst of their troubles and difficulties, their journey is tough but still they praise God. As a result, God turns their valley of tears into a well of blessings. Are you going through difficult times or the valley of Baca? Still praise the LORD. When you feel hard to pray, start praising the LORD. Your praise will start removing all your hindrances and clear up your spiritual atmosphere so that you can freely commune with God. The spiritual should always prevail over the natural. Never allow your natural circumstances to overcome you. Paul and Silas were shut in a terrible inner prison. But their spiritual overcame their natural. When they chose to overcome their natural with their spiritual, their problem became a great blessing. Turn your worries into worship, God will turn your battles into blessings. Praise sanctifies your life, unifies God’s people and magnifies the LORD. That is why David says, “I will bless the LORD at all times and His praise be continually in my mouth.” Praise is necessary for the life of faith. Praise is the product of faith. Your faith will urge you to praise God. People who have faith will praise God and people who praise God will have faith. Praise and faith are inseparable. Abraham’s body and Sara’s womb were considered as dead but Abraham did not stagger at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith. He glorified God. An upright man is the one who praises his God. God turns his valley of tears into a well of blessings.

3. ONE WHO TRUSTS GOD: “Blessed is the man whose strength is in Thee…. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in Thee.” (Psalm 84: 5, 12). Who is this man? This man puts his strength in God’s strength. He does not trust his own strength or the strength of others . He takes God as his strength. What is the experience of this man? “They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God” (Psalm 84: 7). Dear brother and sister, when you put your trust in God’s strength, you will go from strength to strength. Psalm 52: 7,  8 “Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness. But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.” Today, many have put their trust in their riches and in their own strength. But David says, “My trust is in the mercy of God and therefore I am like a green olive tree in the house of God.” Psalm 52: 9. “I will praise Thee forever, because Thou hast done it: and I will wait on Thy name; for it is good before Thy saints.” An upright man trusts God. What does it mean to trust in the LORD? Anyone who trusts God will entrust everything into God’s hands. This is the meaning of trusting God. Can you entrust your life, family, ministry and job into God’s hands? If you want to have a good day, a good month, entrust all the following: Frustrations, Feelings, Future, Foes and Failures into God’s hands. Trust your God with all your heart . You shall experience the goodness of the LORD. God will immensely bless you.

Walk uprightly before the Lord. Ask God to give you a heart that will long for the presence of the LORD, praise Him continually and trust in Him for everything. The LORD says, “My son and daughter, since you walk uprightly before Me, no good thing will I withhold from you.”