6. Blessed are they who love Your Name - Vv. 11-12
My first thought about these verses is about a bird sanctuary. A place where birds are able to live without threat of others seeking to kill or hurt them. There they can sing with joy and their songs are heard in abundance. Freedom of many different types of birds and other animals are found in those places. One, if you are interested, is in Asheville, called Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary. But when David speaks of a sanctuary or refuge he speaks of a place that all God’s children can find in the Lord that brings safety and joy, a place that is special for the believer. David prays of the blessings that are ours in the refuge of the Lord where He surrounds His children with His love and favor and where they are truly shielded from the dangers of this life. Is this refuge or sanctuary here, while we are on this earth? Yes and no. We are privileged to have a sanctuary in Christ while we live in this old fallen world. But, in that sanctuary we still might have difficulties that God allows but we have His everlasting presence that comfort us and guides us through the difficulties, much like what Psalm 23 talks of, when David says the Shepherd “guides or leads us in paths of righteousness.”
But, know as well. We are confident that we have a forever refuge and sanctuary with the Lord Jesus in His home He has prepared for us to go to when our lives are over here on this fallen world. There we will have no troubles because they will be banished forever in His presence by a loving God.
Again, just to remind each of us, we are in this sanctuary of God not out of our righteousness, for we have none of our own, but because of a Righteous Savior who died for us on a cruel cross and gave us forgiveness of our sins and rose from the dead to make it possible to have the eternal life which is described by God Himself in the Scriptures as heaven.
Wow! What a prayer from King David. This whole prayer from start to finish is powerful and instructive for us who believe in the Lord Jesus. We know He hears our prayers and will answer them, not because we are good or righteous but because we are His children! We also know He takes no delight in evil and will eventually punish evil doers when their time comes. But we also know that those who follow Him will one day be rewarded in being with Him for eternity.
So my dear friends, please see your great benefits in the Lord and pray to our Heavenly Father and seek His face for the needs of your life. Also call on Him when things are rough and life is hard, He knows that we need Him and He will respond with the mercy and grace of a great a tender God.
For those who do not have a personal relationship with God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, He desires one with you. Receive Jesus His Son as your personal Savior and Lord by repenting of your sins and turning to Him for new life and be forever changed by grace!
Come now to pray and seek His face and grace.