Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 17, 2016

“They go from strength to strength … The Lord gives grace and glory”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 84.

“How lovely are Your dwelling places,
O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord;
My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
3 The bird also has found a house,
And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young,
Even Your altars, O Lord of hosts,
My King and my God.
4 How blessed are those who dwell in Your house!
They are ever praising You.  Selah.

5 How blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
In whose heart are the highways to Zion!
6 Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring;
The early rain also covers it with blessings.
They go from strength to strength,
Every one of them appears before God in Zion.

8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
Give ear, O God of Jacob!  Selah.
9 Behold our shield, O God,
And look upon the face of Your anointed.
10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside.
I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God
Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
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 chapter 84.

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We see the grace of God causing growth and progression.  “They go from strength to strength …”  Verse 7.

“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.”  Verse 11.

First, there is yearning.  “My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord …”  Verse 2.

Second, they are humble like a bird, maybe burdened and weary, but they find a place in the house of God.

“The bird also has found a house,
And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young,
Even Your altars, O Lord of hosts …”  Verse 3.

Third, they become content to dwell in God’s house.

“How blessed are those who dwell in Your house!  …”  Verse 4.

Fourth, they grow in their faith.  “They go from strength to strength”.  Their strength becomes more and more in God.  Their heart is not in what they do but in Whom God is and what He has done.  Their hearts are “highways to Zion”, seeking God themselves and also leading others to God.

“5 How blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
In whose heart are the highways to Zion!
6 Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring;
The early rain also covers it with blessings.
7 They go from strength to strength,
Every one of them appears before God in Zion.”  Verses 5-7.

Fifth, they trust God to protect them and to provide every good thing for them.

“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!”  Verses 11-12.

Sixth, they are joyful and praise God.

“… My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.”  Verse 2.

“… They are ever praising You.  Selah.”  Verse 4.

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