Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 25, 2016

“Light is sown like seed for the righteous And gladness for the upright in heart.”

Today’s devotion comes from Esther chapter 8.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Esther+8&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 On that day King Ahasuerus gave the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews, to Queen Esther;  and Mordecai came before the king, for Esther had disclosed what he was to her.  2 The king took off his signet ring which he had taken away from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.

3 Then Esther spoke again to the king, fell at his feet, wept and implored him to avert the evil scheme of Haman the Agagite and his plot which he had devised against the Jews. 4 The king extended the golden scepter to Esther.  So Esther arose and stood before the king.  5 Then she said, “If it pleases the king and if I have found favor before him and the matter seems proper to the king and I am pleasing in his sight, let it be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews who are in all the king’s provinces.

9 So the king’s scribes were called at that time in the third month (that is, the month Sivan), on the twenty-third day; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded to the Jews, the satraps, the governors and the princes of the provinces which extended from India to Ethiopia, 127 provinces, to every province according to its script, and to every people according to their language as well as to the Jews according to their script and their language.   10 He wrote in the name of King Ahasuerus, and sealed it with the king’s signet ring, and sent letters by couriers on horses, riding on steeds sired by the royal stud.  11 In them the king granted the Jews who were in each and every city the right to assemble and to defend their lives, to destroy, to kill and to annihilate the entire army of any people or province which might attack them, including children and women, and to plunder their spoil, 12 on one day in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month (that is, the month Adar).

15 Then Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal robes of blue and white, with a large crown of gold and a garment of fine linen and purple;  and the city of Susa shouted and rejoiced.  16 For the Jews there was light and gladness and joy and honor.  17 In each and every province and in each and every city, wherever the king’s commandment and his decree arrived, there was gladness and joy for the Jews, a feast and a holiday.  And many among the peoples of the land became Jews, for the dread of the Jews had fallen on them.”  Esther chapter 8:  Verses 1-5 and 9-12 and 15-17.

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“10 Hate evil, you who love the Lord,
Who preserves the souls of His godly ones;
He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11 Light is sown like seed for the righteous
And gladness for the upright in heart.
12 Be glad in the Lord, you righteous ones,
And give thanks to His holy name.”  Psalm 97:10-12.

When we consider that “Light is sown like seed for the righteous”, let us consider that seed is too numerous to count.  It is thrown lavishly in handfuls. It showers upon every inch of the soil where it is thrown.  Likewise, the LORD sows light and gladness to surround us and to touch and bless every inch of our lives.  

Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders which You have done,
And Your thoughts toward us;
There is none to compare with You.
If I would declare and speak of them,
They would be too numerous to count.”  Psalm 40:5.

“For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord,
You surround him with favor as with a shield.”  Psalm 5:12.

“The righteous man will be glad in the Lord and will take refuge in Him;
And all the upright in heart will glory.”  Psalm 64:10.

“10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
But he who trusts in the Lord, lovingkindness shall surround him.
11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones;
And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.”  Psalm 32:10-11.

“11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
12 O Lord of hosts,
How blessed is the man who trusts in You!”  Psalm 84:11-12.

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”  Romans 8:32.

“14 “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.
15 “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 “With a long life I will satisfy him
And let him see My salvation.”  Psalm 91:14-16.

“I will make them and the places around My hill a blessing.  And I will cause showers to come down in their season;  they will be showers of blessing.  …   “As for you, My sheep, the sheep of My pasture, you are men, and I am your God,” declares the Lord God.”  Ezekiel Chapter 34:  Verses 26 and 31.

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