The Lord Is My Strength And My Shield

1 “I love You, O LORD, my strength.” 2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalms 18:1-2 (NASB) 

This walk before the face of God is according to the ways of God not according to the ways of men. God’s good work in our hearts to grow us unto Christlikeness resembles the work of a good diamond cutter who shapes an uncut, rough gemstone from something that is not worth much in its raw state into a polished, faceted, and extremely valuable diamond that appears to have a brilliant fire within with innumerable facets reflecting that light in every direction….

The various planes and facets are cut to perfection. That internal fire is actually the result of the diamond’s form as a many faceted prism. The light comes from outside the diamond, but it appears to be within.

A glass or paste “diamond” is not a real gemstone and it does not have the same properties. They may look real but since they aren’t made of the same material they cannot reflect that light like a genuine diamond. However, if only a cursory examination is made of them they can pass for a real diamond, but when an expert looks at them it doesn’t take long to determine that they are not genuine. When he looks upon a real diamond he will see its genuineness. If it is well cut, it will be graded high and be worth much more than one that has been poorly cut. If it has flaws it will still be valued as genuine, but it won’t be graded as high.    View article →