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A Sun and Shield

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11, ESV). Psalm 84 continues to extol the goodness of God, and finishes with a note of joy (v.12). This penultimate verse expresses delight in God’s kindness and care for His people. The images of sun and shield emphasize God’s blessing and protection; the general sentiment is expressed in the second sentence, that all good things come not to those who wait—as our saying would have it—but to those who wait upon the Lord, who walk in His ways.

Rejoice in the Lord, who cares for His children. In difficult times, Christians have this greatest comfort, that our God is with us. His favor endures beyond anything we may go through in this life; the honor He bestows outshines all the scorn of the world. Seek Him with all your heart, and know the blessings of the Lord.

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