Psalm 84:11 contains just one of the amazing promises to us that are in God’s Word. It says,
“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
What does it mean to be upright? When you look at the word upright in the dictionary it says: honest, righteous and just. It’s a person of good character. It also says in the dictionary, “to be positioned to be straight up.” I love that visual actually, because an honest, upright person can and will stand straight up. They will stand tall and hold their head high, because they have a pure heart and pure motives from which all else in their life flows.
The opposite of upright is dishonest. Instead of standing tall, I get a vision of someone in a crouched position trying to hide their acts from another – a person slinking around in the shadows because they don’t want their true heart or motives to be seen. I believe this is what it actually looks like in the spirit.
What are some qualities of an upright person? An upright person doesn’t step on others to get what they want. Instead, they help others succeed and reach their highest potential. An upright person doesn’t speak with forked tongue. Their yes is yes and no is no. An upright person doesn’t butter people up or give false compliments to get what they want. That’s called manipulation. An upright person has a deep desire to please God at any cost. They are grieved when they fall short and try to correct the error of their ways when they do. An upright person always asks before they act, “Will this please the Lord?”
Being upright begins in our hearts and is seen in our actions. It may come more naturally for some, but for everyone, it takes a strong commitment to the Lord to walk uprightly before Him. It’s also an act of worship in response to all God has done. Our lives are no longer our own. He has saved us all by His grace, but like Paul says, should we go on sinning so that grace may abound? God forbid! (Romans 6:1) Nor should we desire to. A person touched by Gods grace will desire to live a life pleasing to Him.
A daily dose of God’s love through intimate relationship with Him will transform every heart, and a yearning to walk uprightly will outweigh any other desire. Hebrews 4:12, says that God’s Word is “exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart (AV).” Each of us needs more of God’s grace to be that person who stands tall – walks uprightly in their life in every way. God’s grace, His empowerment comes as we spend time in His Word and allow it penetrate our hearts. When it exposes the true intents of our heart, it’s then we have the opportunity to let God have His way and reshape every area so our desires line up with those of the Holy God we serve. Walking uprightly is God’s character flowing through a person, and as we walk uprightly before Him, the Lord says He withholds no good thing.
God is so good to us already, but I love that He is looking for more ways and reasons to pour out His goodness in our lives. When a person walks uprightly before the Lord, they will see greater favor coming to them and doors being opened up that only God can open. Blessings, promotion and favor will come to the upright person, because God can trust that the upright person will always give all the glory and honor to Him when it does. And that is key!
“…No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”