"No good thing does he withhold..."

"No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly" (Psalm 84:11)

As I read this verse this morning, questions started coming - what about health? Surely health is a good thing, but He seems to withhold that good health to many who are walking 'uprightly'. What's the Psalm getting at? Does God really not withhold good things from those who are walking uprightly?

I guess that's the danger of just plucking a verse out of context - the Psalm is all about longing to be with God - recognizing that being with Him is better by far, "my soul longs, yes faints for the courts of the living God." (Psalm 84:2). And so rather than questioning whether God withholds good gifts from those who walk uprightly, we should be yearning for Him (rather than His gifts).  We should be trusting Him that ultimately He doesn't withhold any good thing, and this best thing is being with Him forever.  And it's all undeserved, because the truth is - none of us have walked perfectly uprightly - only the Lord Jesus, and he's died  for each time we fail so that we can enjoy being with God forever in a place where he withholds no good thing - "O Lord of hosts - blessed is the one who trusts in you!" (Psalm 84:12).

I turned to Alec Motyer's little devotional commentary on the Psalms, and he helpfully pointed in this direction:

"As soon as we see the face of Jesus we shall know as never before how much we are loved, how fully we have been forgiven, how great and endless is our security in his presence." (Alec Motyer Psalms by the Day). 

"No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly" (Psalm 84:11) 

We just need to know what the good thing is and get the timing right!