The Good Things

How abundant are the good things
    that you have stored up for those who fear you,
that you bestow in the sight of all,
    on those who take refuge in you.
In the shelter of your presence you hide them
    from all human intrigues;
you keep them safe in your dwelling
    from accusing tongues. Psalm 31:19-20

You look at these verses and rightly ask, what are those “good things” that the Lord has stored up for those who fear Him? In this life I can think of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians: 5:22-23: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control. Think of how difficult those characteristics would be to attain apart from the Holy Spirit working in us.
I know we are all a work-in-progress, but if we didn’t even have a hint of those qualities, it would not be pretty.

To embody these qualities, however, requires us to give ourselves over to the Lord daily. Romans 12:1 teaches us: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”

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