Grace led – Glory bound!
“For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.” - Psalm 84:11
This verse reflects the sentiments of a pilgrim’s heart toward the greatness of his God. The pilgrim knows that during his journey nothing good will be withheld from him because he walks in a way knowing that the LORD is the source and center of his life, just as the sun is to the physical universe. Everyone sees the greatness of the sun as the chief heavenly body, as the source and center of our universe. It illuminates, it invigorates, it gives warmth, it gives beauty, and it is essential for plant and human growth. In our verse, the psalmist uses the greatness of the sun to describe the greatness of God and his relationship with Him. God is the source and center of the believer’s universe. The LORD God is the believer’s source for protection, the source of grace, the source of glory, and the sources of every good thing. Therefore it is only natural to rely upon Him by faith for everything here in this life and for the life to come. This reliance is summed up by two words in our verse, “grace” and “glory.”
Every time grace and glory are mentioned in the context of a scripture, grace always comes before glory. Just as all things are interrelated with the sun as it’s source, so it is with grace and glory by means of the LORD God. Each time that God imparts grace to the Christian pilgrim, it is followed by glory. Yes, before glory – comes grace! Grace must have her perfect work, and if God’s grace is really understood it produces an upright heart to walk in righteousness and a desire to avoid sin. How wonderful it is to have this Divine grace to strengthen us and to impart within us the ability to walk uprightly knowing that whatever comes our way the LORD will not withhold any good thing.
The LORD does a good and perfect work in the life of the Christian pilgrim, and grace and glory are the means used. Grace and glory work together even though the two have different functions. Grace produces righteousness in the pilgrim’s walk, and when grace has finished its work glory follows to complete God’s perfect work. Grace leads us to glory, and glory ushers the pilgrim into an everlasting rest with the LORD.
As believers in the Lord Jesus, we are looking forward to that everlasting rest with Him. Christian pilgrims partake of the grace of God on earth, and will partake of the glory of God in heaven. There is no doubt that the Christian pilgrim will persevere because we are grace led, and glory bound!