"For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly." Psalm 84:11
Is it possible to walk uprightly? Is it possible to walk in the favor of God? The answer to both of these questions is YES! So, what is upright? It's the ability to find yourself in right standing with God. Being aware of God's presence and understanding what is required to continue in that relational presence.
I know it sounds hard, and it is, to say the least challenging, but "God's divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness." II Peter 1:3
As partakes of His divine nature we have an ability to walk in a way that is pleasing to God, it takes practice, and a lot of time but I know and believe that there is a place for us to walk in that gives us favor and protection, that most people are never able to find. In fact, I would have to say that most people never realize that it's not just for the "pastors and leaders", to live this life of holiness, as a believer, as a disciple God has called us to be like Christ. Look at what John says to us in I John 2:6 , " He that says he abides in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked." See that word "abides"? What does that say to you? Can you see God being a sun and shield? is He covering you? Are you abiding under the shadow...? I'm telling you the truth, God has a lot more to give than what you are presently receiving, and I'm not really saying that anything is material because most of my experiences of blessings are more for my spirit, than for my flesh. God is more concerned about my spiritual maturity than my physical happiness. The "good things" He gives me are non-perishable, uncorruptible, these things never end. What things are we talking about? Protection, peace, joy, wisdom and understanding. How about life? You know, you can have all the "things" of this world, and still be living in fear... not knowing if your house is going to be broken into. There is a life filled with peace because you KNOW that God's hand is upon you, you KNOW His eyes are always looking your way. And what is life if you live in fear? What is life if you don't have the wisdom or understanding to make the best decisions, and then you find yourself living in bondage because you have sold your soul for the sake of acquiring possessions, like you need these "things"? The blessings of the Lord make one rich, and adds no sorrow to it." Proverbs 10:22
So take your eyes off of the worldly influences and seek after things that are truly good. Have a heart that goes after being in right standing with God, seek peace, seek wisdom, find yourself under His protection, then you will walk even more effectively and become more satisfied in the knowledge of being an obedient son or daughter. Blessings