We are... on a Journey passing through valleys.
The Ancient Songwriter wrote:
Envied is the Man (a particular man...) whose strength is in Thee,
in whose heart are Thy ways...
Who... passing through valleys
of Weeping (he's on the move... he's on a journey... no real resting
place down here. He goes through valleys of Weeping... Valleys... that
can last a few days or weeks or months or even years.
But Good News: He goes THROUGH!), turns them into places of refreshing springs... (for others who will soon come by. Later...) the rain also filleth the pools (making up whatever lack there may be...)
This kind... go from strength to strength. (They just keep... getting... Stronger!) Every one will appear before God in Zion.
O LORD God of All Things... hear my prayer: Give ear, O God
of (conniving) Jacob (later... named: Israel meaning "ruled
Selah (pause... think about it... we don't need to be perfect!)
For the LORD God is a Sun (of light... and life... and
and Shield (nothing... no unexpected, no unprovoked attack can get past The Shield and assail this person.
Notice: He is a Sun; He is a Shield. He is NOT a Cosmic-Killjoy...).
The LORD will give grace (undesevered...) and glory. (He shares His glory... even with a scoundrel like Jacob. He, and no other... determines who is a recipient of His glory.)
No good... (His good... not ours...)
will He withhold from those who walk uprightly...
(as a toddler taking his first faltering steps is being held upright by his Father. As long as the slightest finger is still in the Father's hand... the child may think he's doing all the work... when all along it was the ever-watchful Father).
Oh, LORD of All Things... envied is
(that individual who runs to the shelter...)
(as one leaning fully on a staff in need of support...)
trusts in Thee.
God our Father... is a Good GOD.
HE can be trusted!
Even a child can... call HIS Name.
HE'll be there...
Right where you are. I promise!
from: Psalm 84