Thursday, June 30, 2011

Psalm 36


"Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked drive me away. (v11)

From this psalm our hearts should be affected with hatred of sin and the wickedness of this world. However, we should not stop seeking satisfaction in God's loving-kindness for He alone is the source of all things. Men may stop being patient and unsympathetic with God, yet with Him we shall always find love and mercy.

We should ask God to preserve us from self-flattery, because unknowingly, evil may soon occupy our minds with sinful imaginations if we are careless. As the psalmist says, "Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked drive me away."

God bless you all.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Psalm 34



“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” (v8)

David is expressing his joy and satisfaction by giving praises and adoration unto God saying, “I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” But the good thing is, he wants to share this joy and gladness with his colleagues and friends saying, “taste and see that the Lord is good!” How do we know that it is indeed good to taste God if David himself did not experience God’s kindness.
Obviously, David means we need to try God’s commandments and follow His words honestly. His invitation is something that can be done easily, with no struggle and constriction. When we start obeying God’s word, there is a power that God imparts to His children which enables them to be aware of His presence in personal life. This power to know and obey God is not a resut of our own intellect and personal effort of knowing about God, but the working of God’s spirit in our lives of knowing Him personally. So, come and taste the goodness of our living God.

God bless you all.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Psalm 33

"By the Word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth." (v.6)

When God created the entire universe, we were not there. We have no idea how and in what manner the Lord created the entire universe. The truth is, no proof is needed to convince men that God has created the world. Only faith is required. That's why one Bible writer said, "By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. (Hebrew 11:3) If we want to know the details in the truth, and discover them for our spiritual life, the absolute truth can only be found in the Bible.

Both Old Testament and New Testament agree that the world was created by the Word of God. The Apostle John tells us that, "All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:3) Jesus, who is the Messiah, who is the Word of God in eternity, who is God from the beginning, who became a man like one of us has created the whole creation. Signs were shown while He was on earth, and the Father has set the seal of His authority in Christ Jesus. (John 6:27)

God bless you.




Friday, June 24, 2011

Psalm 31


The troubles of David with different people and situations made him to be a man of sorrows. "Have mercy on me O Lord for I am in trouble." But we can see that some of his troubles are results of his own sins. David himself acknowledged that his afflictions were merited by his own sins. "Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me."


Nevertheless, instead of yielding to impatience, revenge and bitterness unto himself and his enemies, he prefers to turn his thoughts to the goodness of the Lord. "O how great is Your goodness which you have laid up for those who fear you." With this message, let us do the same by focusing our eyes unto the Lord, and do not allow unbelief, fear, hatred, and negative thought discourage us from serving His Holy Name.

God bless you all.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Psalm 30

David cried out to the Lord, asked for help, made supplications, and begged for mercy. In the time when he needed His help most, the Lord answered and gave him great deliverances and victories. He said, “ His anger is but for a moment, but His favor is for life. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (v5)

After his triumph, David enjoyed prosperity and abundance, and with great security and continues success, he declared that he shall never be moved; moved from serving the Lord faithfully. That these great wealth and possessions he had acquired from his enemies should never be ascribe unto his own wisdom and bravery but only to divine providence. In our success in life, like David, we ought to sing praises unto the Lord always and remember His goodness with thanksgiving in our hearts by which we must be committed to depend upon Him.

God bless you all.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Psalm 29

"Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness."

This is the nature of religious worship; that when we come before His presence, we must be holy in all our religious services, devoted to God, and to His will and glory. Let us give to the Lord the glory due to His name. Be holy because there is beauty in holiness.

In thunder, lightning, and storm, we can see and hear not only the demonstration of God's power, but also the glory of our great God for the voice of the Lord is over the kingdom of nature. Those thunders and lightnings remind us of our weaknesses and desperate condition in the day of judgment. But the effects of God's Word upon our lives under the power of the Holy Spirit, are far greater than the power of nature because God's Word is living and powerful, and able to save and protect even the most wicked man on earth. Therefore, always fill our hearts with great awe and high honorable thoughts of God because the power of the Lord is within us.


God bless you all

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Psalm 28


David is very sincere in his prayer. In this devotion, he declared that God is our Rock, in whom we build our strength. In our prayers, do not rest till we are heard in heaven and received our supplications. Here, we are told to pray that we may not be numbered with the workers of iniquity (v3); that God save us from being infected by their wickedness and sinful endeavors (vv4-5); and spare us from the coming judgment.


Therefore, let us bless the name of the Lord (v6), for the Lord is our strength and protector. He is the Shepherd and we are the people of His pasture; the saving refuge of His anointed people. Bless His name for carrying us on through our sufferings and triumphs.

God bless you all.


Monday, June 20, 2011

Psalm 27


"The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalm 27:1)


If the Lord is our light and our salvation, it means He is the only source of our strength. It is in His light that we walk in our way, and in His light that we hope to see the bright future. As the moon borrows light from the sun, so as the Christians from the Lord. Jesus said, "Apart from Me you can do nothing!" Without His light, we will always walk in darkness. LIfe will be miserable, smooth path will be far from us, and strong enemies will defeat us.

But for those who walk in the light, when troubles come He will hide us in His pavilion. When people forsake us He will take care of us. Even when the wicked men come to attack us, He will fortify us. That's why, the one thing I desired of the Lord is to seek Him, to dwell in His house and be with His family all the days of my life.

God bless you all.


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Father's Day

Where is Father God in Time of Pain?


When problem arise and some unexplainable and painful things happen in our lives, it is indeed impossible not to ask the Lord why. Thousands of questions came out asking God why did He allow this unbearable things to happen. Did He not reveal Himself to be merciful, loving and compassionate God? Surely, most of us want to know why God would allow this to be part of our lives.


I believe God doesn’t want His children to experience painful and miserable life. He doesn’t enjoy seeing us hurt. As a loving and affectionate Father, He only wants the best for His sons and daughters. He wants us to grow in every aspect of our lives, and to know who He is as our Father and God. For this very reason, the Father allows suffering and tribulations to occur in our very lives, because only through these difficult experiences that He can mold and shape us to become the best persons that we can be.


The Apostle Paul said, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) This passage tells us that we are God’s workmanship, meaning handiwork; like the sculptor converting the plain wood into an image of masterpiece. If we are hurting because of a certain situation, don’t panic, nor react negatively, because God is at work in us. He is converting your plain soul into the image of His Son. In time of trials and distresses, don’t be afraid, God is not hiding Himself nor giving up on you. He loves you and He is always there, willing to walk with you side by side.


Therefore, be on guard in time of pain. The Father is with you and He is always at work to change you to be more and more like His Holy Son Jesus Christ as we are changed into His glorious image.


Happy Father’s Day and God bless you all!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Psalm 25


This psalm is full of devout devotion to God, such as the desire to triumph and succeed, to know God's ways and paths, to live a holy life and pleasing to God, to follow His guidance and covenant, to be delivered from troubles and enemies, and to know the secret of God. "The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant." (v14)


As a man of God, our highest goal and aspiration in life should the desire to be taught of God. If we indeed sincere to know our responsibilities both with God and fellow men, we have the confidence with most assurance that God will direct our steps. Oh yes, we stumbled and slipped some times, however, our forgiving Father will pardon us if we earnestly ask His forgiveness and stay away from sins. As Jesus said, "Sin no more!" Our focus should be on God's goodness and not our good works, His mercy and not our own efforts.

Have a blessed day.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Psalm 24


The whole earth belongs to the Lord, our possessions, our wealth, and even our body, soul and spirit are not our own. We are God's properties. And we know that one day in our lives, we will stand before Christ for judgment. We will receive from the Lord whatever we deserve for good or evil, on what we have done in our body.

On today's reading, we are being challenge by two arguments; "Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place?" (v3) With these two questions, let us start to look upon our hearts once again and renew our commitment of self-denial, repentance, purity of heart, and holiness for His name sake. The King of glory is coming very soon, so be ready to lift up your heads and open the everlasting door of our hearts on His arrival.


God bless you all.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Psalm 23





This psalm is full of comforts, and expression of praises to the Lord, personified as Shepherd. David describes his experience how the Lord makes him lie down in green pastures, leads him in still waters, rescues him in the shadow of death, protects him in time of war, and anoints and empowers him even in the presence of his enemies.

David declares that his Shepherd is holy because He never lead him in the place of wickedness but only in the path of righteousness for His name sake. It tells us that God wants His people to be different but significant in this world, because God wants His name not to be profaned and dragged in many scandals. So God leads His people in the path of holiness and righteousness.

Surely and without doubt, he added, goodness and mercy shall follow him all the days of his life. It means, the Lord’s integrity and compassion shall pursue us (though it is unknown to us) wherever we go to show His eternal and unfailing love for His sheep. So David resolved to dwell in God’s eternal house forever and ever.

God bless you all!



Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Psalm 22

This is a Messianic Psalm that testifies about the suffering of the Christ in His first advent following the glory that should follow. Most verses are applied to Jesus in NT; "My God My God why have You forsaken me"(v1), while He was at the cross; "He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him" (v.8), when the religious leaders was mocking Him; "They pierced my hand & feet" (v16), when the Roman soldiers pierced His side with a spear; "All the families of the nations shall worship before You" (v27), the Great Commission after His resurrection; and many others.

In reading this psalm it is important that we must fix our eyes and thoughts upon Jesus, and be so identified with His suffering, for we are partakers of His sufferings too. But His ministry did not end with suffering, because victory follows afterward. Since Jesus is now seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven, and reigning in the entire universe, this truth must give impact in our daily living.

God bless you all.


Monday, June 13, 2011

Psalm 21


When we put our trust in the Lord, the unfailing love of the Most High will keep us from stumbling. "For You have made him most blessed forever; You have made him exceedingly glad with Your presence." (v.6) God will cause us to succeed in our goal, to prosper in our intent, to be honored by God and men, and even defeat our enemies. Therefore, let us continue to exalt Him with singing and praises. "Be exalted, O LORD, in Your own strength! We will sing and praise Your power." (v.13)


God bless you all.






Sunday, June 12, 2011

Liberty in Christ

"Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." (2 Corinthians 3:17)

We have been freed and delivered by Jesus from the bondage of sin and death, so let us use this freedom in serving Him without malice but with trembling. We are God's children, washed by the blood of the Lamb, cleansed by the Holy Spirit; a holy living is the highest goal of every child of God.




Saturday, June 11, 2011

PSALM 20

Even the most powerful man on earth needs prayer. That God would answer our petition, defend us in time of trouble, remember our offerings and sacrifices, grant the desire of our heart, and fulfill our purpose in this world. However, our prayer must be flavored with faith in His name and obedience to His words because, "Some trust chariots, and some in horses, but we will remember the name of the Lord our God (7). Though many will rely on their own strength, power, wealth and ability, but God's people will always put their trust to their God alone, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Shabbat shalom & God bless you all.




Friday, June 10, 2011

PSALM 19


This psalm is divided into 3 parts, v.2-6 is about God's creation: v.7-13 is God's law; and v.14 is our response to both, which is our prayer. "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer." (v.14) May our offerings, sacrifices, and praises be acceptable to God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

God bless you all.



Psalm 18

This psalm is David's thanksgiving for many deliverances and victories God wrought to him. "In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried out to my God; 
He heard my voice from His temple, 
and my cry came before Him, even to His ears." (v.6) If we pray sincerely as David did, we shall have it as he did. Being a loving Father, our God is even more ready to listen and support us in time of struggle.

God bless and have a good day!