Thursday, July 28, 2011

Psalm 60

David recalled that the causes of men's troubles are sins and disobedience to God. "You have made the earth tremble; You have broken it" (v2). The anger of God against sin, is the only cause of all misery, private or public, that has been, or shall be. In all these cases there is no remedy, but by returning to the Lord with repentance, faith, and prayer.

In God's displeasure our troubles began, but in our repentance God's favor and blessings come. If Christ is in us, all things shall be for our eternal pleasure. This is the reason for Christ’s sacrificial works; to redeem us from our sufferings. As the psalmist says, "Through God we will do valiantly, for it us He who will tread down our enemies" (v12).

God bless you all.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Psalm 58

This psalm speaks about men's corrupted and sinful nature. It tells us that wickedness of a person begins from within; the inner most being. As the psalmist says, "In heart you work wickedness; you weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth" (v2). We can see even among the children that the corruption was imbedded, going astray from God at an early age.

But because of Jesus’ sacrifice at the cross, the believers had been redeemed from the wickedness and released from bondage of his nature. Our eyes were opened and our spirit was changed. "Surely there is reward for righteous; He is God who judges in the earth" (v11). Therefore, we should always thank the Lord for merciful forgiveness, be more earnest in seeking His grace and more watchful over our attitude toward God and others.

God bless you all.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Psalm 57

Our total dependence is upon God, because He is our refuge in time of dangers and calamities. This psalm tells us that instead of worrying in time of distress, we must exalt Him with praises. As the psalmist says, "Be exalted O God above the heavens; let your glory be above all the earth" (v5).

If by God's grace we are given victory, our heart must be fixed to this duty, worship of God with understanding, because boring and sleepy devotions will never be acceptable to God. So let us always begin our day with God through His grace and mercy and glorify Him with our whole being.

God bless you.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Psalm 54

God is faithful and it is well for us to put our 100% trust in Him. Looking unto Jesus who was betrayed by one of His trusted men in His ministries, Judas, what can we expect from the non-believers and from those who have not set their hearts wholeheartedly unto the living God? Nothing except criticism, backbiting, murmuring, malice, and non-sense promises.

Though it is happening to God's people, let us emulate David's steps in this psalm saying, "Behold, God is my helper the Lord is with those who uphold my life. (v4). God will keep our relationship with Him alive, as long as we live with purity of heart humility in spirit. Remember always that if we are for Him, He is for us.

God bless you all. PF.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Psalm 52

Those that glory in sin, glory in their shame. They abused God's grace and patience, even to the hardening of the hearts in their wicked ways. "You love evil more than good, lying more than speaking righteousness" (v3). The works and sacrifices of those who hate God's words shall never prosper and will always be in vain; like a wheel spinning up and down. In God's appointed time, "the wicked shall be destroyed forever, and uprooted from the land of the living" (v5).

While we trust God's words and obey Him continually, we shall be "like a green olive-trees dwelling in the house of the Lord forever, together with the saints of God"(v8). So let us be faithful, bear fruits, and more fruits and continue to wait on God's perfect will.

God bless you today.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Psalm 51

In this psalm we were told that David had a deep sense of his sin, that he was continually thinking of it with sorrow and shame. He knew that his sin was committed against God, a willful act that only God can make a solution. In his repentance, he believed that God would accept him graciously. "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me" (vv.10-11).

In our lives, we have to understand that God prefers hatred of sin over ministries and sacrifices. This is the error of many people! To be holy is a burden to all regenerated people, but a ruin to all despisers of God. "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart. These, O God, You will not despise" (v17).

God bless you all.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Psalm 50

This psalm is a reminder of the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. "Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him" (v3). For what purpose that He will return? Well, this is about the judgment of the whole world. "He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people" (v4). The whole truth will be revealed at last! The prophetic messages will be fulfilled completely, and we will see the good Lord finally face to face.

Therefore, continue to be faithful and serve Him with joy and gladness. For there are some who made promises in the past but were insincere. As the psalmist says, "Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High" (14). God knows all things and He will reveal everything of the day of our salvation.

God bless you all.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Psalm 49

The idea of this psalm is to teach the men of this world, both rich and poor about their sins in setting their hearts upon the things of this world; money, power, and fleshly desire. But he also encourages them to seek a better life that cannot be found from the things of this world.

A man may have wealth but they can't save his life, even of a dearest person he has. Those who trust in their wealth and riches, as the psalmist says, "None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him" (v7). The Old Testament people knew that redemption of the soul shall cost very dear, that only the Redeemer can do it for them. "But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, but He shall receive me"(v15).

Have a blessed day.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Psalm 48

Jerusalem is the city of our God, the only place on earth that had been exalted in the Bible. It is the birthplace of biblical praise and worship, where the word of the Lord go forth from Zion. God Himself is her Depender (v3); her enemies will be terrified and gripped with terror (5-6).

But we are longing for the New Jerusalem, the eternal home of all true believers. The object of our faith and hope through Christ our Lord. Therefore, let our faith in God's word be hereby confirmed, and let our minds be filled with good thoughts of God because "Our God is forever and ever, He will be our guide even to death" (14).

God bless you all.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Psalm 47

Praise is a privilege and a duty in which we ought to do regularly. We do express our praises to God in singing, dancing, or shouting. We sometimes listen to Christian music pondering God's goodness in our lives; one way of expressing our gratitude towards our Creator.

But in praising the Lord it has to be done with understanding, "For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding" (v7). It means to us that we must understand why and for what reason we praise God. Praising God is not only a ritual but a lifestyle. Any service that is not reasonable is not an acceptable service. So let us allow God to reign in our lives by showing love and humility one with another. Praise His name, clap your hands, shout for joy unto our Lord Jesus Christ.

God bless you all.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Psalm 46

This psalm encourages us to trust God's power and His gracious presence in our lives and in our church, even in the worst time. "God is my refuge and strength, a very present help in troubles." (v1). Let us not fear though earthquakes happen, typhoons come, waters roar, or shaking in our lives and ministries, because God is in perfect control.

We may apply it to our spiritual enemies; Satan and demons, whose ministry is just to steal our joy, kill our spiritual life, and destroy our precious relationship and ministries. Our strong weapon is this, "Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth" (v10). These are the power of listening and the power of worship.

May God bless you.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Psalm 45

This psalm is a Messianic prophecy on His victory and exaltation. "Your throne O God is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of You kingdom" (v6) God desires righteousness from all people because His kingdom is founded on it, and righteousness is His very nature. Unfortunately, the kingdom of this world and its beauty are offering many things just to draw our hearts away from Jesus; that's why the Lord said, "Listen, O daughter, consider and incline your ear; forget your own people also, and your father's house" (v10). It tells is that we should be more concerned that our eyes and ears are always open, and be more responsible to understand how much more worthy He is of our love than anything or anyone else.

To those who can resist the calling of this world, His promise is plain and simple, "I will make your name to be remembered in all generation." (v16). That means eternity in Christ Jesus...

God bless you all.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Psalm 44

Israel's past experience with God's power and provision are strong support to sustain their faith to Him. Similar to our experience in the past, His favors are strong support to our faith too. His forgiveness to our sins, growth in the knowledge and wisdom, gift of the Holy Spirit, our jobs, health, wealth and properties, etc. are but some of God's goodness that should not be forgotten.

This psalm tells us that even if God will be silent to our request, or will not give us favor in time of need, or will allow us to defeated by our enemies, we will still put our faith, hope, and trust in Him. Shall we praise the Lord in time of blessings only but not in time of struggles? "All this has come upon us, but we have not forgotten You, nor have we dealt falsely with Your covenant" (v17).

God bless you all.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Psalm 42

To appear righteous before the Lord is the highest desire of the upright believer. "As the deer pants for the water brook, so pants my soul for You, O God" (v1). Nothing is more fearful to God's people than to be away from His fellowship because of sin. In this psalm, David saw troubles coming from God's wrath if he displeased him, and that makes him afraid.

In order to forget our troubles, which are the consequences of our sinful acts and disobedience, we need to remember our Lord who is full of mercies and compassion. It's true that our soul is downcast in time of great distress, but we can call on His name, because "deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls" (v7). Hope in God because He alone can quiet our soul.

God bless you all.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Psalm 40

Sins, doubts and undesirable sacrifices will result to horrible pit and miry clay. And many of God's children had been plunged into this condition because of carelessness and disobedience. However, the Bible said that there is power enough from God to help and save even the weakest and unworthiest of all that trust in Him. "Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies." (v4)

Only God's forgiveness through the finish works of Jesus Christ can relieve us from God's judgment. King David knew that sacrifice and offering are undesirable to God, neither burnt and sin offerings did He requires. What the Lord requires from us is to understand His commandments in the Bible. We can only know God's will by putting the word of God in our hearts through reading and obedience.

God bless you all!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Psalm 38

Nothing will disturb the heart of a true Christian when he discerns God's anger because of his sins. "There is no soundness in my flesh because of Your anger, nor any health in my bones because of my sin." (v3) Sins make our souls sick and bring pains to our bones, and always remember, sins dishonored God in and by our bodies.

Following Jesus is the only way to forsake sins, because He is our Great Physician who can heal our spiritual and physical sicknesses. If we are truly repentant for our sins, no big or small sins that can be forgiven and washed away through the blood of the Lord.
God bless you all!