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March 11 – God Is Our Glory And Strength

“Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O LORD, in the light of Your face, who exult in Your name all the day and in Your righteousness are exalted.  For You are the glory of their strength; by Your favor our horn is exalted.  For our shield belongs to the LORD, our king to the Holy One of Israel.”  Psalm 89:15-18

Devotional Thought For The Day

The psalmist continues his glorification of God our Savior – the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, the only True and Living God.  How blessed are those who know and believe the great love that God has for us, His forgiveness, His redemption, His eternal salvation, through faith in Jesus Christ.  This is “walking in the light” of God’s face, the face of Jesus Christ. [2 Cor. 4:6; 1 Jn. 1:7] We are exalted not by our own righteousness, but by His righteousness.  So also whatever our strength may be, God is the glory of it – we know that every good and perfect gift comes down from above, from the Father of lights. [James 1:17]  Only by His favor, His eternal, gracious, merciful, and glorious love for us, is “our horn [our strength and honor] exalted.”

Likewise, all who protect us, all who serve our needs, from our king [political powers] to our lowliest servants – our “shield,” all of our blessedness “belongs to the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.”  We cringe when those who constitute this “shield” turn their back on truth, reality, and genuine love [morality] – and plunge themselves and others into the darkness of immorality and ignorance of God.  Especially despicable, tragic, and dangerous are those purporting to be servants of God’s Word who instead pervert and corrupt His Word, darkening His glory, drawing people away from Him, and turning them into “wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.” [Jude 1:13]  Sadly, this darkness is ever present in the world, and we must witness the temporal prelude to the sad, eternal demise of so many people each day.  This is especially tragic when we know that “the light of His face” is constantly near to them – and so we must exult in God’s Name and His righteousness all the day, hoping that at least some might return to the LORD our God, our Savior, in genuine repentance and faith and trust in His gracious and glorious love in Christ Jesus.

The psalmist knew the power of this darkness – within himself and within his enemies.  Later in this very psalm he laments the chastening of God.  All who know the personal history of David understand the tragedies that he endured – and recognize his continuing repentance and faith in God as truly heroic.  So with the full power of God the words of this psalm continue to support and compel our own life of faith and trust in the LORD, our Savior and King.  Even when we walk “in the shadow of death” we continue in confidence in the LORD, knowing that “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool” [Is. 1:18], that “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” [1 Jn. 1:7], and His promise that “he that believes the Son has everlasting life.” [Jn. 3:36]  This is our ultimate “shield,” the Word of God, God Himself.  So with the psalmist we continue to exult in Him – thanks and praise be to God!

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior, Shield, King, Redeemer, and Lord, continue to draw us into the light of Your love, that no matter how the darkness threatens and assails us, we may continue to walk in the light of Your face. Forbid that we be lost to anchorless wandering in the darkness of wickedness and ignorance.  Fill us with the joy of Your salvation that our faith and trust in You might be impregnable. Amen.