This is a meta-blogpost in the sense that I am going to comment on the idea of blogging and its relevance.
I wrote this post as a draft over a month ago, and am now looking at it and wondering how relevant it is compared to that moment when I copied down Psalm 84:11-12. On that day, it had provided such a breath of fresh air and promise that heartened me on a morning of doom and gloom. It was meaningful because it told me that the LORD God doesn’t withhold any good thing from those who walk uprightly, and it told me that at a time when I was quite ready to say, “Oh yes He does withhold good things.”
To say that this blogpost is not as relevant now would be somewhat egotistical, as the relevance of this post would rest on my temporal emotional attachment to its Biblical content. Hence, I shall post it anyways, after the fact of being touched by this passage (though still able to explain why it was touching), because it could touch you, dear reader.
Here’s the short snippet I copied down and the sentence I wrote on that day:
At times, God grants a special power to flip to exactly the right passage of scripture.
“For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD bestows favour and honour.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
O LORD of hosts,
blessed is the one who trusts in you!”
The caution here is how to understand what the psalmist means by “good things.” The heart of those who walk uprightly is described earlier in the psalm as a person whose soul “longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD,” and whose “heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.” This is a person for whom holds true the belief that a single day in the courts of God is better than a thousand elsewhere. (v.10) This person would rather be a lowly doorkeeper, lonely and actually sort of almost outside the house of God physically, at the door, than dwell inside the tents of wickedness. The good thing here, then, which lines up with the desires expressed, is to be welcomed by God in submission to God. This good thing he does not withhold from those who long for it.
Golly, it’s kind of circular but it makes a lot of sense.