Psalm 84:11-12 (New International Version, ©2011)
11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
12 LORD Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.
Every weekend I get the privilege to spend a little "corporate" time with God. To me there is no better time spent in the entire week, than when I can praise and worship God along with my family in our church. Jesus tells us in the Book of Matthew,18:20"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” You can feel the warmth of God's love and presence as we raise our voices in song, and there is nothing better than the opportunity to lift our combined prayers of thanksgiving to God.
We are many of God's children in one special place; there are no age barriers or challenges of race, because we are young and old, black, yellow, brown, red and white. This is one place and one time where everyone is equal in the sight of God and each other. God is so good to allow us to be part of the church, the very special bride of Jesus Christ!
If you don't have the opportunity to feel the warmth of God as your "sun and shield", if you haven't felt that God has given you His favor and honor, if you feel that He has not given you the blessings that you need, maybe its time you turned from your walk away from Him, and instead walk into His goodness. He will not hold back His love for you, but you have to place your complete trust in His Son Jesus.
Make next weekend, next Sunday, the day that you give your all to Him. Take the time to spend time with Him and those who are called His children. It is the one place and the one time where you will be totally accepted just as you are.
Photo on the beach in Carmel, CA, 2007.