Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Psalm 18

This psalm is David's thanksgiving for many deliverances and victories God wrought to him. His first words say, "I will love You o Lord" are the contents of his adoration. If we truly love God, and pray sincerely in time of distress, we shall have God's answer, being a loving Father to his children (v6). He is even more ready to listen and support us in time of struggle because He is our rock, fortress and deliverer. Those who seek God with clean heart and hand will be rewarded according to their righteousness because God is a rewarder of those who earnestly seek Him (v20). If we show mercy to others, we too shall find mercy from the Lord; but if are ingratitude, expect a return from the Lord (v26). God did this to us so that we may learn the ways of the Lord. He wants to train us and know the skills of spiritual warfare that we may triumph over our spiritual battles in life. Indeed, God lives forever, the Rock of our salvation... Reading: Psalm 18, God bless.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Psalm 17

David had made God's word his shield from his surrounding that is full of evil. "I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgressed (v3). If we carefully avoid this path, against sin of the tongue, it will lead us away from troubles, and our footsteps may not slip because the Lord is holding us up. The devil's intent was to give us difficulties in various forms of destruction and humiliation, which is a pattern to Christians. But that can lead us to commit our souls to God, and trusting Him to preserve us to His eternal kingdom. Our weapon against the enemy is God's word, which cannot be destroyed. The treasures of this world cannot satisfy man's desire. And there is no satisfaction for a soul but in God, through His good will and His good work in us. Yet that satisfaction will not be perfect till we come to heaven because true happiness is prepared only for those that are justified and sanctified... Reading: Psalm 17, God bless.

Psalm 14

The atheists declared that there is no God, there is no judgment, no need of Savior, and no need of Jesus. But they are the foolish ones in his world according the this psalm. They are corrupt in every work, decision, speeches, and nothing godly can be found in them. Their hearts were hardened, and they are the exact opposite of Bible believing people, wise men of God. Now, if there is good thing that remains in the hearts of men, that is only because of God's grace and work in their lives, it is not their own. So the psalmist wanted to convince the readers of sin and danger in their lives apart from God. All our knowledge about man's sinfulness and nature, and the salvation out of Zion where Jesus Christ was crucified are great gifts of God to all mankind. May we continue to serve God till the day of our final redemption... Reading: Psalm 14, God bless.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Psalm 15

The tabernacle and the holy hill of God may be found in heaven, the ultimate destination of redeemed people of God. The psalmist stated God's rules for those who desire to know Him and enter His holy places. The citizens of heaven are sincere in his relationship with God, and their endeavor is to stand completely and without fear in all the will of the Lord. They are very careful to do harm to no man or woman, making the best for every body, and the worst to nobody. He valued their brethren by their virtue, faith, skills, and piety. To the opposite, the wicked people are vile, worthless, and good for nothing, but talk too much, swear too much, religious too much, but change nothing. Every true Christian is built upon the word of God, the firm foundation of Jesus that cannot be moved... Reading: Psalm 15, God bless.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Psalm 13

The psalmist complained that the Lord had hidden His face for many days. It seems that he was in trouble, and afraid of what would happen next. God sometimes hides His face to His people and leaves His children in the dark concerning their interest and plans. Then he prayed earnestly for God's comforts and enlightenment with good reason; "lest those who troubled me rejoice when I am moved" (4). As God's children we should not allow ourselves to abandon our faith and lose our hope because God does not answer our prayers. If we bring our prayers to God's attention, let us have confidence that God will bring us salvation and protection from our fears. The psalmist knew that there is power in faith, and God's mercy had filled his heart, that's why he declares, "My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation, I will sing to the Lord" (v5)... Reading: Psalm 13, God bless.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Psalm 12

The psalmist cried out for help to God because he observed that there were only few men and women whom he can trust. He declared that the "faithful disappear" while the lips of many spoke lies and hypocrisy. He saw that it was bad time for his generation because the godly people of God had turned to the other side of the world. Today, people used media and other devices with their lips to promote evil things and wickedness. The Christians are becoming less influential in the society worldwide. We are also living in a bad and perilous time. Nevertheless, though many are becoming unfaithful, God will remain faithful, and we can trust His words. God's words are pure and purified seven times, which mean perfection. God's word will remain forever and no one can change and destroy His words. Since we are in the safe hand of Jesus our Savior, let us be faithful to Him who called us with an everlasting calling... Reading: Psalm 12, God bless.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Psalm 11

Because of so many trials and troubles he had encountered, some people discouraged David, and told him to stop trusting God and "flee as a bird." They mocked his faith and obedience to God's word. But David declared that he will continue to put his trust in the Lord. Faith is the basic foundation of his life, and if faith is destroyed, what more can he do for his God? (v3) Nothing! So David mentioned why should he persist; first, God is in the throne, His eyes are on men, God tested the faith of the righteous, (including all of us) and God loves righteousness. On the other hand, God is the Judge and ready to judge all men. He hates wickedness, He hates unfaithfulness, and those who loves violence, and He will judge them with fire and burning wind. Our declaration today is: I will put my faith in God, I will put my trust in the Lord, and I will continue to obey His words, through the power of His Son Jesus Christ... Reading: Psalm 11, God bless.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Psalm 10

This psalm is a song of complains and dissatisfaction when the wicked men and women prosper while committing evil things in broad daylight. They give favor to greedy, and renounce the Lord in their hearts. They don't seek His word, don't call upon Him, but proudly glorify their power and success. They live without prayer, don't submit to His will, and are living without God, without Christ, and without hope. The writer declares that the people of God cannot expect kindness, truth, or justice from such persons. But God is King forever, sitting in His throne, and have seen what is happening around. He observes trouble and the grief of the poor and the oppressed, and He rescues His people from every temptation. God sends the Holy Spirit in our hearts so we can endure till the end and stand up victoriously in Christ of Lord... Reading: Psalm 10, God bless.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Psalm 9

Three things can be learned in this psalm; praise, mercy, and judgment. If we will praise God, we must do it with sincerity and with our whole heart. The outright result of having joyful heart in the Lord is evangelism, we need to tell others the goodness of God in our lives so that people may know who God is (v1, 11, 14), and they too may praise the Lord. God is merciful to the oppressed and the poor. If we will only put our trust in the Lord in time of troubles and difficulties in life, He will never forsake those who seek His favor (v9, 10). Lastly, God promotes justice fairly to all people, Jews and Gentiles. God loves His creation, but He cannot tolerate sin and wickedness reign in His kingdom. He will blot them away from His presence, bring them to the pit which they made to their own destructions. God does all things that the whole world may know that He is God... Reading: Palm 9, God bless.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Psalm 8

David gives glory to the Lord by mentioning the excellence of His creation. He said that as we praise His Holy name, its gives strength to our inward person so that when the enemies attack, our spirit can silence their threats (v2). It is true that God had made man a little lower than angel, yet it is through the 'lesser created being' that God's power has been manifested. When God had planned to save humanity from the tyrant of sin and evil, He used a helpless baby in a manger, not a powerful king to cut off these evil forces. For this reason, David declared that the Lord had crowned man with glory and honor, first because of the finished works of Christ at the Cross; second, the obedient Christians who are faithful to their calling and ministries. The true Christians will reign with Christ in eternity to have dominion over all God's creation. Indeed, how excellent is Your name in all the earth... Psalm 8, God bless.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Psalm 7

David plead to God for help and salvation. At the same time, he asked Him to try his heart if he has done evil things against others, or if there is iniquity in his heart. And if he is guilty, let his enemies capture him and trample him to the ground (vv3-5). But David knew himself, he had the quality of being honest, and a man of integrity. The enemies are always surrounding God's people, ready to accuse them even without cause. But David expresses his confidence that he shall find the Lord his powerful Deliverer. He knew that God hates the wickedness of the wicked, and God is angry with the wicked 24/7. The only way for the evil men to prevent their destruction was humility and submission to the will of God. Our God is slow to anger, long-suffering, and unwilling that any should perish. So, under all difficult trials, let us look to our Savior, Jesus Christ, who is able to comfort our hearts... Reading: Psalm 7, God bless.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Psalm 6

Why did the psalmist say, "do not rebuke me in Your anger, nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure?" (v1). Is it because he had committed sin? Sin separates man from God, but there is a way to resolve it, by begging of the mercy of God. In ancient time, they offer animal sacrifices to appease God's wrath, but now we have Jesus who sacrificed Himself for us. We only need to accept and obey His words and works at the Cross. To be forgiven and be with Christ is the happiest time for the sinners. As a result, we can proclaim, "Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity" (v8). By becoming a Christian, we know that we are accepted by God, and our prayers will be heard and answered. As a brand new person, the Lord will be pleased in our new and living way, a new lifestyle that pleases the Holy God... Reading: Psalm 6, God bless.

Psalm 5

While praying, our God listens to us, and He is ready to hear prayers as ever. He is the King who controls all things, even our future. David prays not only for himself, but also for others including the wicked. Evil men hate God. They are liars, murderers, immoral, and boastful, therefore God abhors them. But David declares that he will not stop praying to God because of His bountiful mercies. He prayed together with his people, but he also prayed alone, in the secret place of the Most High. He understands that God's mercy and the fear of the Lord should be the foundation of his hope, and in everything that he does for his God. Today's psalm encourages us not only to pray for ourselves, but for others as well, and continue to rejoice in the Lord because God too is excited to bless His righteous people.... Reading: Psalm 5, God bless.

Psalm 4

This chapter is a psalm of prayer for the safety of God's people. God expects that His people will be careful to use His name, because they are special group, set apart for His own purpose. They seek nothing except worthy things and truth about God. Their meditation at night is how to please God, promote unity and good relationship among brethren, so that they may find God's countenance, the Lord's favor wherever they go. It's true that some may not show goodness to us, but there is God who loves us more than anything else in this world such as grain and wine, or gold or silver. David knew that when God puts grace in the heart, He puts gladness in our lives... Reading: Psalm 4, God bless.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Psalm 3

David was in agony, and his enemies mocked him and said that he will never find help from Yahweh. But David believed that his help comes from the Lord; for God is his shield, the lifter of his head, and the One who listens to his cry in time of needs. He knew that God is always ready to answer his prayers. God's grace is sufficient and nothing can hinder him from his perfect relationship with God. He had always been very safe under the Divine protection. He sleeps well at night with no fear and anxiety; and he wakes up in the morning with confidence of God's presence. Amidst troubles and difficulties, David declares that his spirit is calm, his body is strong, and his mind is upright. We too can declare that I am strong because my God is strong. Indeed, salvation belongs to our God... Reading: Psalm 3, God bless.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Psalm 2

Here, we are told about the enemies of God's people, and the Anointed One, the Messiah. Though the world belongs to God, the dark side of this world belongs to Satan, God's adversaries. They are very active to spread darkness, with the goal of breaking the unity of God's people, and destroy them to the utmost, without mercy. But the Son of God, Jesus Christ, is in the throne 'laughing', having all the power both in heaven and on earth. He is the Head over all things to His church, and His throne had been set up in the hearts of all true believers. The Father's promise is that, the nations (Hebrew: Goyim, Gentiles) will be His inheritance (v8), the whole world will be His possessions, and multitudes of people will be His followers. As Christians, let us continue to submit to Him with all sincerity, because He is our wisdom and interest, our dear and precious Friend forever... Reading: Psalm 2, God bless.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Psalm 1

The book of Psalms starts with the importance of the Word of God. It contrasts the blessedness of a man who read and follow God's law, with the wickedness of those who disregard the Word. The obedient will always be righteous in heart, mind and soul. They are faithful, fruitful, contented, joyful, and their desire is to please only their Master. The ungodly are the reverse of the righteous both in character and condition. They are led by the counsel of the wicked, they follow the way of the sinners, they are ungrateful to God's word, and they are doomed on the day of judgment. How different the character and end of the ungodly! The true Christian has a new desire, new pleasure, and new hope because they are new creation in Christ Jesus. Their thought, words, and actions are changed, because they enter on a new state of God's kingdom... Reading: Psalm 1, God bless.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Job 42

Job realized his sins and was so shameful of himself for murmuring against God. He understood that in all things, God has a purpose and He can do everything. If we are confused, angry, or negative thought comes into our mind, we need the spirit of understanding to enlighten us. When we say "God spoke to Job," it only means the Spirit of God enlightens him and gives him wisdom. The Lord will bring us to humility to lead us to confess our sins without self-justification. About the three friends, they knew God but they had not spoken of God correctly but misrepresented His words (v7), similar to many Christians for using the name of Jesus and "praise the Lord" in vain. Lastly, the Lord renewed Job's prosperity double. Job's devotion to God in spite of trials did not diminish, and the Lord was pleased with him. Conclusion, whether God give us health or blessings or not, if we suffer according to His will, don't be afraid because at the end we shall be blessed... Reading: Job 42, God bless.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Job 41

Leviathan is a great sea monster that is unknown in modern time, and God used this animal to demonstrate His power. God tells that if Job was unable to deal with this terrible and huge sea animal, how can he argue with such a great and mighty power of God. In other words, what words can we express when the wrath of God revealed. In the previous chapter, Job admitted that he was nothing, he couldn't answer anything, and will cover his mouth with his hand. Christians should be humbled too with the power and miracles they had experience with Jesus. We have been called from the evil world, forgiven from sins, saved from the coming wrath, and our response should be 100 percent obedience to His words, and no turning back. Let us continue to revere the majestic name of Jesus, and give all glory to our gracious God and Savior... Reading: Job 41, God bless

Job 40

Friday, March 6, 2015

Job 39

As the Lord continues, several animals are mentioned whose nature show the power and wisdom of God. God explains that Job could not tell the exact time when the animals bear and deliver their offspring. He couldn't explain why the young bear departs and do not returns to their parents when they grow old. He couldn't describe why the ostrich lays her eggs on the ground and warms them but doesn't worry that a wild animal might destroy them. These many questions continued to humble Job. Nevertheless, all of these references and information about the works of God and the course of nature should teach Job and God's people a right view and understanding about the wisdom of God who made and sustains all things. God just wanted to tell that He should not be doubted! Praise be to God for opening our eyes through Christ to know these things, for in Him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge... Reading: Job 39, God bless.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Job 38

Finally God responds, and challenges Job to answer questions concerning creation, its preservation, and God's providence and intervention. "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth.. when the morning stars sang together? (vv4,7) Have you comprehend the breadth of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this? (v18). The Lord wants to tell Job and all the people in the world that no one can question God's infinite power and wisdom. He knows what is happening in all things and He is in-charge even in every detail of our lives. God shows Job's weakness and ignorance about His works in detail, and therefore he doesn't have to fear that one day they may fall apart. Now, Job has to humble himself and repent for his expressions of emotion concerning God's dealings with him. Indeed, it is foolishness to strive against God! Our interest should be on how to seek God's kingdom and His righteousness, and to think how much good our God does in everyday, beyond what we are aware of... Reading: Job 38, God bless.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Job 37

Elihu declares the power of God on how He controls the whole universe and changes the seasons; the thunder of His voice that comes from His mouth, the lightning that He sends under the whole heavens, the snow and rain that fall to the earth, the winds and the clouds that He scatter from north to south, and the heat of the sun that gives light to His creation. In these wonderful deeds reveal the glory of God, that all men may know His mighty and majestic works. Then Elihu asked Job if he knows that God dispatches and balances them all? (vv15-16). He added that those who say they knew God, know nothing about Him at all, in comparison on what is to be known when perfection fulfills on its time. Even now, no one can look at the sun directly (v21), a metaphoric statement that no one can still understand God to the fullest. As we wait for our final redemption, worshipping the Lord is the best thing to do, for He is excellent in His power and abundant in mercies... Reading: Job 37, God bless.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Job 36

Elihu proclaims that God is mighty in power but insulted no one. He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous people like the true Christians. If they obey and serve Him, God will prosper them and will spend their years in pleasures; not the pleasures of this world but the inner joy and peace of the Holy Spirit. If they follow God, He will take them out of danger to bring them to a place free from torment where the table is abundant of the best food (v16). However, Elihu warned that they should be watchful because their blessings may entrap them for their own destructions. Their sins may cause God to hid His face again. Even good men and women need to keep their duty by the fear of God because there is wrath to come to judge both the good and wicked. Then Elihu encouraged Job to fill him with high understanding of God, not to quarrel and question His works, but be submissive to His providence... Reading: Job 36, God bless.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Job 35

Elihu said that when Job declared that he is righteous and innocent yet God gave him afflictions, Job is making himself more righteous than God. The heavens and the clouds are higher than us, yet God is far above than all of these creations. The truth is, we have no reason to complain if we have not received what we expected, but should be thankful to our Creator because we are better than what we deserve. Elihu added that God does not listen to empty talk, but men should give regards to the mercies they enjoy from God even in times of difficulties. And if God seems silent in time of trials, it is not because His hands are shortened nor His ears are closed, but because WE are impatient and disrespectful towards Him. And if ever that there is a Divine troubles in our lives, it is only because we quarrel with God, we distrust His promises and power... Reading: Job 35, God bless.