December 26, 2021

Radiant - Bro. T. Stephen

DearIy Beloved, I greet and bless you in the name of our Creator, Maker, and ever unforgettable Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed word that the Lord has given for you today is from the book of Psalms 34:5,” They looked to him, and were radiant. And their faces were not ashamed.”
From the above context we learn that when people looked up to God their faces were radiant. David expresses his gratitude by saying “I will bless the Lord at all times, and His praise shall continually be in my mouth. I will boast in the Lord .The humble shall hear of it and be glad. ” This is a reason why people, should join in praising and magnifying the Lord; these “looked” up to God in prayer and by faith, when in distressed and uncomfortable circumstances, for help and deliverance, and a supply of every needful thing; and they were “enlightened.” “Bible commentator Ezra interprets it, in this manner by telling, that they must have been enlightened, before they could look up to God, but by looking to the Lord more light was gained: this chiefly designs the light of joy, peace, and comfort, which is received when one believes in the Lord by faith.
They looked unto God – This refers to the men who were with the psalmist, who looked unto God. Yes, David was not alone, when he fled to Abimelech; and the meaning here is, that each one of those who were with him looked to God, and found light and comfort in Him. The psalmist ( David) seems to have had his thoughts , suddenly turned from himself to those who were with him, and to have called to his remembrance how they “all” looked to God in their troubles, and how they all found relief. Halleluiah! Amen.
If you hope to spend eternity in Heaven, praising God, then we need to spend much of our time here on earth while we are alive, in His work. We see that, David’s prayers helped him to silence his fears; many besides him have looked unto the Lord by faith and prayer, and it has wonderfully revived and comforted them. When we look to the world, we are perplexed, and at a loss. But when we look to Christ we will not only be comforted but also delivered from all our troubles. The Psalmist says, this poor man, cried out, and the Lord heard him and delivered him from all his troubles. The holy angels minister to the saints, and stand for them against the powers of darkness. All the glory be to the Lord. The Psalmist says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Take notice of God’s goodness; and be comforted by it. He truly blesses all those that trust in him. You shall have grace sufficient for the spiritual life, as well as this life Those who trust in themselves, and think their own efforts are sufficient for them, then they shall lack something, but they who trust in the Lord, shall not lack any good thing. God Bless you.
Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Lord we thank you for being all sufficient to us. Help us to see how good You are, to those who trust in You. Make our faces radiant, when we look up to you. Cause your face to shine upon us. May we lack no good thing, since our hope is in you. Teach us to look up to You when we are in trouble.
In Jesus Name We Pray.

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