SUBJ: The Lord's function in the care of His
people and His provision for the journey.
AIM: That we may be
confident in Him as we see Him in the role as comfort and defense,
provider of favor and honor and the promised provision of all things
INTR: The greatness of our salvation may be described in many
ways. Here it is described as the desire for the Lord attended by the
assurance of His care for us.
1. The longing of the pilgrim in vv.
1-3 (My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts and c.
nature of the journey in vv. 4-7 (They go from strength to strength...)
3. The prayer in vv. 8-10 (I... had rather be a doorkeeper in the house
of my God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.)
Lord is not merely the provider of confidence. He is our confidence and
here we see why. Isaiah 30:15 For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One
of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in
confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.
I. A sun and
Shield (Warmth and protection)
1. We see Christ as the Day Star with
function: 2 Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy;
whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in
a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
2. He is further called the Sun of righteousness: Malachi 4:2 But unto
you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing
in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
3. He is the Light of the world, the light of men. He is the provider of
warmth in the form of joy and happiness.
4. In the same sense that
the sun overspreads it all so does He shine on every aspect of our
5. He is a shield: our protection near at hand, the shield of
salvation and faith in particular.
1) From divine justice
the wrath to come
3) From all danger
II. The Giver of Grace
and Glory - these are not separated
1. The grace of Christ was to
provide salvation, the aim of God is glory - we partaking of His.
In view is the grace of conversion and all that pertains to it.
think we see an emphasis on “the Lord will give ... - and we are
reminded of Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he
which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of
4. Of grace and glory: grace is glory begun; glory is
grace complete (heard or read somewhere)
1) We are given the right to
glory by His grace
2) We are made fit to appreciate His glory by His
5. Consider James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he
saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble -
precious connection here.
6. Grace is seen in Love, Joy, Peace as
well as justification, pardon, adoption and perseverance.
provides honor and distinction among men and reflects standing with God.
III. Nothing Withheld that is needed
1. He who did not spare His
own Son: Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him
up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
2. This is about good things. What are they?
1) 2 Peter 1:3 According
as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life
and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory
2) See further: Psalms 34:9-10 9 O fear the LORD, ye his
saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. 10 The young lions
do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want
any good thing.
3) And the meaning of " ...seek ye first the kingdom
3. Good thing implies that these are "good for us."
gifts and calling (Romans 11:29)
1) He has determined
2) He will
not back off
3) How much of what we receive is that for which we do