Sun and Shield

sun and shield

 

A Devotional written by Ron English

The Bible says, ” The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.” Psalm 121:6. Our post today says our Lord God is both a Sun and Shield. When you think abut our earthly sun…the sun that shines so brightly in the summer and tans our skin is far more than an entertainment center. Everything we eat, drink, wear or ride has its ultimate root in the sun. God, in His marvelous creation, has carefully measured out the rays of the sun to perfectly minister to His earth creatures (man and animal). Life, as earth people know it, could not and would not exist with out our earthly sun. Look at the plant life, the vegetation, the trees, the vines…can only survive with the sun doing her perfect, created work. Seed time and harvest requires the sun. The verse says, ” The sun shall not smite thee by day…” Here He does not at all mean you will not have all of the benefits of the great sun, rather the horrors of too much unprotected sun…the ravages of the sun as on a cruel desert with out water and shade will not smite God’s people. Jesus is our Water and if need be His Moses has a rod to strike the rock from which will flow life giving water to sustain us on our journey. Has it not been so thus far on your pilgrimage? As God led the Children of Israel through the wilderness…He was their shield in the daytime. No enemy, no bandits, no kingdoms dared come up against them. The verse continues, “…nor the moon by night.” The Blessed Psalm Writer encourages us with the promise that God protects us in the daylight, the sunlight… and He protects us at night…in the moonlight. God is ever our Protector. Did you not notice He says in our post below…that God “will give grace and glory”.? The “grace” part surely has a spiritual ring to it as if to say you have my salvation full and free having to do with our internal peace and joy. And the “glory” part an earthly protection and blessing to it…God’s constant peace. Christians see God’s Glory in a hundred ways and this speaks to our external worship and praise of Him. To take away any possible doubt of the matter He ends that verse by saying, “No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.” You may not have every luxury you crave, you may not have a dozen expensive suits and multiple pairs of shoes and a pantry filled with every delicacy, but He is not withholding those good things you need, things you require to be an effective witness for Him. Remember, this world is not Home…we are just passing through…Our Heavenly Home is yet to come where the abundance is bountiful. Remember that the children of Israel did not have a second pair of shoes, but the ones they were wearing never wore out. For 40 years He sustained them with manna, long lasting clothes and 24-7 protection. Count your blessings today. See what God has already done for you. Look what you have in Him. Rejoice and praise His holy Name. Now I quote the eminent Puritan preacher of yesteryear (1600s) Thomas Brooks. ”

“Grace and glory differ very little. One is the seed, the other is the flower. Grace is glory militant, glory is grace triumphant. The sun, which among all inanimate creatures is the most excellent, notes all manner of excellency, provision, and prosperity; and the shield, which among all artificial creatures is the chiefest, notes all manner of protection whatsoever. Under the name of grace, all spiritual good is wrapped up; and under the name of glory, all eternal good is wrapped up; and under the last clause, No good thing will he withhold, is wrapped up all temporal good: all put together speaks out God to be an all sufficient portion.” Thomas Brooks.

More of Thomas Brooks works found here: http://www.digitalpuritan.net/thomasbrooks.html

 

Thomas Brooks(1608-1680)
Thomas Brooks (1608–1680) was an English non-conformist Puritan preacher and author. Much of what is known about Thomas Brooks has been ascertained from his writings. Born, likely to well-to-do parents, in 1608, Brooks entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1625, where he was preceded by such men as Thomas Hooker, John Cotton, and Thomas Shepard. He was licensed as a preacher of the Gospel by 1640. Before that date, he appears to have spent a number of years at sea, probably as a chaplain with the fleet.After the conclusion of the First English Civil War, Thomas Brooks became minister at Thomas Apostle’s, London, and was sufficiently renowned to be chosen as preacher before the House of Commons on December 26, 1648. His sermon was afterwards published under the title, ‘God’s Delight in the Progress of the Upright’, the text being Psalm 44:18: ‘Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from Thy way’. Three or four years afterwards, he transferred to St. Margaret’s, Fish-street Hill, London. In 1662, he fell victim to the notorious Act of Uniformity, but he appears to have remained in his parish and to have preached as opportunity arose. [More via Wikipedia]
The Complete Works of Thomas Brooks:

The Complete Works of Thomas Brooks, Volume 1. (558 pages) [pdf mobi epub web via Internet Archive]
Containing the following: A Memoir; Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices; Apples of Gold for Young Men and Women; The Mute Christian Under the Smarting Rod; and A String of Pearls.

The Complete Works of Thomas Brooks, Volume 2. (552 pages) [pdf mobi epub web via Internet Archive]
Containing the following: An Ark for all Noahs, The Privy Key of Heaven; and Heaven on Earth (or, Well-Grounded Assurance).

The Complete Works of Thomas Brooks, Volume 3. (520 pages) [pdf mobi epub web via Internet Archive]
Containing the following: The Unsearchable Riches of Christ and A Cabinet of Jewels.

The Complete Works of Thomas Brooks, Volume 4. (464 pages) [pdf mobi epub web via Internet Archive]
Containing the following: The Crown and Glory of Christianity.

The Complete Works of Thomas Brooks, Volume 5. (614 pages) [pdf mobi epub web via Internet Archive]
Containing the following: The Golden Key to Open Hidden Treasures; Paradise Opened; and A Word in Season.

The Complete Works of Thomas Brooks, Volume 6. (520 pages) [pdf mobi epub web via Internet Archive]
Containing the following: London’s Lamentations on the Late Fiery Dispensation; The Glorious Day of the Saints’ Appearance; God’s Delight in the Progress of the Upright; Hypocrites Detected; A Believer’s Last Day is His Best Day; A Heavenly Cordial; The Legacy of a Dying Mother and Mrs. Bell’s Experiences; and Indices.

 

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An ordained Baptist minister. Worked for 10 years with a Christian publishing ministry where I was the circulation manager for a growing publication, The Sword of the Lord. I also did most of direct mail fundraising and promotion. I have pastored churches in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama & Arkansas. I served for some four years as Vice President of The Spoken Word of God ministry, Orlando, FL. This ministry was active in church planting in India and broadcasting the Scriptures via Trans World Radio and other radio outlets. My associate in this ministry later invited me to join him and his dad in starting a business working with churches providing multimedia equipment. I have done this work for the last 16 years. This blog, hopefully, will scratch an itch I have for communicating the Word of God to a broader audience via the Internet. I would be honored to hear from you via email.

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