Christians know their priority! The service of God is their great interest and business, while grace and favor is their joy and delight. Our pursuit on happiness and satisfaction in this world will only be a dream without Jesus in our lives. A passion to love the Lord and to put this number one before anything else in this world is a sign of our interest of God’s salvation. So, let us be assured of it that seeking God will be our goal all the days of our lives. "Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You: and let those who love Your salvation say continually, 'Let God be magnified' (v4)... Reading: Psalm 70, God bless.
Friday, May 29, 2015
The phrase "hate without a cause" can be seen from 3 verses in the entire Bible (Ps 35:19, Ps 69:4; John 15:25). It is a Messianic prophecy and more fully apply to Jesus Christ. Here, David complains of great distress, sinking into the mire of hatred and unkindness from some people. He looked for someone who would show some pity, but there was none (v20). So he prayed with humility, admitting his weakness and sin, and pleading for God's mercy. Like David, let us be careful that we don't do wrong, but if we did, better bear it honestly without blaming others. And whatever deep water of sufferings and troubles we sink into, let us persevere in prayer to our Lord Jesus to save us. It's alright to experience sorrow with the blessings of the Lord, than happy all the time but under the curse of God... Reading: Psalm 69, God bless.
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Thursday, May 28, 2015
"Let God Arise" are the keywords of this Psalm. It means we as God's people got ourselves out of the wicked way and started doing God's way. We finally acknowledged Him to become alive in our lives, and the whole things began to move upward. God is now our Father and we allowed Him to reign even on the highest mountains of our pride and self-worth (v15). We broke out our spiritual and physical connection from this world, and received heaven to come down in us and His glory to fill our soul. As a result, God leads us to His salvation, loaded with gifts and abundant benefits (v19). Indeed, the Lord Jesus has the power and authority to rescue us from the dominion of this world, and take away the sting of it. Therefore let us be glad and rejoice because Jesus had smitten His enemies to give way for our victory... Reading: Psalm 68, God bless.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Mercy is the keyword of this psalm. Our salvation, happiness, success and all accomplishments come from God's mercy alone. We cannot boast and blow our horns that they all came from our own efforts and strength. Therefore the first thing to be prayed for is for God to be merciful to us, and pardon our sins. Forgiveness is conveyed by God's blessings, this followed that God may shine His face upon us (v1), which means favor be upon us. The psalmist prayed that God shows His mercy also to the Gentiles or nonbelievers, that they too may be converted and be saved. Let them be glad and praise His name, so that the will of the Lord overrule the affairs of the nations and become God's kingdom. This may happen if God's mercy will start from us. Indeed, it is only by grace that we have been saved through Christ our Lord... Reading: Psalm 67, God bless.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Testing is the word of the day. "For You oh God have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined" (v10). God will test our faith, our relationship with fellow believers, our attitude, our job, our physical and spiritual body, and in all areas of our lives. He tested Lucifer, Adam, Abraham, Moses, David, and even our Lord Jesus. Some had failed but some became successful. His purpose is not to destroy us but to refine our rough and rugged sinful nature. Paul calls it sanctification. The secret of success is not to regard iniquities in our heart (v18), such as pride and arrogance, but maintain humility and submissiveness, because these testings will certainly end well with the help of the Holy Spirit. Though various conflicts and troubles come and go, it is through much tribulation that the believer become strong in Christ Jesus... Reading: Psalm 66, God bless.
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Monday, May 25, 2015
God has blessed us, chosen us among many, caused us to praise Him (v4), and allowed us to dwell in His court, to reveal Himself upon us, ready to hear and answer the prayers of all who come unto Him by faith in Christ Jesus. Our communion with God is a free choice, and we value Him not because of money or material things that we gain but of His eternal love. Unknown to many, there is abundance of goodness in God's house that can satisfies men's souls. There is enough for all people that can bring in comfort from the Lord... Reading: psalm 65, God bless.
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Saturday, May 23, 2015
David was earnestly begging God to preserve and protect him from bad and malicious mouth. Throwing bitter words against people is like shooting poisonous arrows that cannot speak peaceably. While doing evil things, they also encourage others to boast greater evil (v5). This is a sign that the heart is hardened to the greatest degree of wickedness. But David declared that God will bring upon them the mischiefs they have desired on others, by shooting back at them with an arrow enough to sink them to the lowest hell (v7). Those who loved cursing will come upon them, while those who love blessing others will be blessed. The righteous shall be glad in the Lord and God will be glorified forever... Reading: Psalm 64, God bless.
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Friday, May 22, 2015
Christians should devote their time to God first thing in the morning. David encourages us "to seek Him early" because God opens the eyes of our understanding, covers us by His power, and leads us into His righteousness. When we wake up, we are thirsty and hungry physically, but nothing in this world can satisfy our wants and desires except the happiness from God. Gold and money cannot buy the things that God can offer, except His only begotten Son. So when we exercise our faith and hope in Christ, this world appears just like a barren desert, a dry land that cannot provide our needs and deep satisfactions. That’s why God's children long for the joys of heaven where angels and the redeemed sing heavenly songs worshipping the Lord day and night without rest... Reading: Psalm 63, God bless.
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Thursday, May 21, 2015
David puts his confidence in God by patiently waiting for the complete overthrow of his enemies, who always bless with their mouth, but curse inwardly (v4). He knows that it is good to wait upon the Lord's perfect plan and time, and should charge his soul to have such constant dependence upon Him. He understands that if God is on his side, he can leave every things else to God's disposal. He said that rich and poor are just like vapor, and those who put their trust to rich men and nobles will be disappointed. Our refuge is God and not men, our savior is God and not men, and it is hard for the rich people to receive salvation without putting their trust in God. The Bible had been declared for many years, in every generation, by His faithful servants, and its message is always true and reliable, that power and redemption belong to God alone... Reading: Psalm 62, God bless.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
His prayers begin with tears, pleading that God may attend to his needs. This shows that wherever we are, we have the freedom to come closer to God and find the open door to the throne of grace and mercy. The cry must energize our prayers to bring us in a higher level of worship to the Rock who is higher than we are. David knew that he could not be placed in the higher Rock unless the Lord placed him upon it. Since Christians are already there, it means that the service of God shall be constant work and action, and we can expect to find God our shelter and strong tower. David declared that his protection from God is firmed and complete, because there is not better security except the mighty hand of God. And if we partake the grace and truth from the Lord Jesus, we must praise Him and perform our vows to Him daily... Reading: Psalm 61, God bless.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
David recalled that the causes of humanity's troubles are sins and disobedience to God. The anger of God against sin is the cause of all miseries, private or public, that has been, or shall be. In this case there is no remedy except by returning to the Lord with repentance, faith, and prayer. And when we humble ourselves to God, He will turn His hand in our favor. In God's displeasure our troubles began, but in our repentance God's favor and prosperity 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)... Reading: psalm 60, God bless.
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Monday, May 18, 2015
David prays to God for deliverance from the workers of iniquities in time of persecutions. Similarly, we should pray daily to the Father to be defended and delivered from our spiritual enemies, the temptation of Satan and the corruption of our own heart. Heart matters most to God and we should pray daily for the purification of our heart. It is our wisdom and duty, in times of danger and difficulty, to wait upon God (v9), because He is our defense, in whom we shall be safe. David would praise his God because he had found the Lord for many times his refuge in the days of his troubles. The Holy Spirit who is in us is certainly worthy of our best affections, worship and services even in time of trials... Reading: Psalm 59, God bless.
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Saturday, May 16, 2015
This psalm speaks about human being's corrupted and sinful nature. The wickedness of a person begins from within, the inner most being, "In heart you work wickedness" (v2). The corruption was imbedded and can be seen even among the children and younger generation. The psalmist prayer is total destruction! But because of Jesus’ sacrifice at the cross, the believers had been redeemed from wickedness and released from the bondage of his nature. Our eyes were opened and our spirit was changed from corrupted to godly. "Surely there is reward for righteous; He is God who judges in the earth" (v11). Therefore, we should always thank the Lord for the merciful forgiveness, be more earnest to seek His grace and more watchful over our attitude... Reading: Psalm 58, God bless.
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Friday, May 15, 2015
Our total dependence is upon God, because He is our refuge in time of distress. David confessed that there is so much hatred against him from his enemies, but the mischief they designed against him, has returned on themselves. And when David was in the greatest distress and disgrace, he did not pray for his own exaltation but he exalts the name of the Lord. "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. Our best encouragement in prayer, is taken from the glory of God, and always begin our day with God through His grace and mercy and glorify Him with our whole being... Reading: Psalm 57, God bless.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
When David says, "What can man do to me?" it means he resolves to make God's promises the matter of his strength and hope. He puts his eyes not in the arm of flesh, not on the wisdom of men, not even in his own abilities and skills, but on the words of God and the triumph of God's people in the past. As we must not trust in worldly wisdom, we have the reason not to be afraid of the arm of flesh when stretched out against us. The evil works of this world will never be security, for David knows the power of God's anger, the height it can reach, and the force it can strike. The continued trials through which many people of God have passed, should teach us to be patient and obedient to the words of Jesus saying, I am with you till the end of the age... Reading: Psalm 56, God bless.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
We see David weeping and praying for protection and relief for his spirit because his enemies once again had surrounded him. He was in great alarm of the treachery and the "terror of death" of some of his men, and he longed to hide himself "flying away like a dove" in some places from the turbulence around him. His aim was not victory but rest so that he might be quiet and can commune with God alone. The wise believer needs to desire peace and quietness in life, not only when the trials come, but also in his or her daily living. The only relief that we can obtain in this world is to look up to Christ, who bore our sins and carried our pains and sorrows. Whatever it is that you desire for yourself, family or community, leave them up to God who will do the best for us in His own way and time. Glory be to the living God... Reading: Psalm 55, God bless.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015
David complains because of the malice accusations by his enemies. He was betrayed by strangers and oppressors to seek after his life. He knew that he has no one to plea to defend upon than the Lord, so he made God his refuge and confidence. 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, Judas, what can we expect from those who have not set their hearts wholeheartedly unto the living God? This may happen to anyone, but let us emulate David's steps in this psalm saying, "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 with humility in spirit. Indeed, if we are for Him, He is for us... Reading: Psalm 54, God bless.
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Monday, May 11, 2015
This plasm declares that human being is corrupt by nature. Here shows how bad we are, and proves about the writer's own knowledge and experience, because there is no fear of God before their eyes. Bad practices originates from bad principles. If they say they know God, but can't see it in their works, they deny Him as their God. And the Bible declares them foolish, deceiving themselves. But the psalmist also speaks encouragement to God's people. A Savior is coming, with power and great salvation from sin. He will save his people from their enemies, even from their own sins, that they may not be led captive away from God. The works of the Savior is eternal, to bring the redeemed in eternity.... Reading: Psalm 53, God bless.
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Saturday, May 9, 2015
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. Their schemes are totally opposite to the ways of the Lord, for they are 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 God's people trust His words and obey Him continually, they shall be like a green olive-trees dwelling in the house of the Lord forever (v8). So let us be faithful, bear fruits, and more fruits and continue to wait on God's perfect will... Reading: Psalm 52, God bless.
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Friday, May 8, 2015
In this psalm, we were told that David had a deep struggle over his sin, that he was continually thinking of it with sorrow and shame. Scholars agree that this is about his relationship with Bathseba and Uriah. He knew that his sin was committed against God, a willful act that only God can provide 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" (v10). His prayer is that God may grant him forgiveness and a chance to come unto His presence once again. In our Christian journey, we need to understand that God is not impressed with our hard works and sacrifices unless we live a holy life. This is the error of many people! To obey God's word should be the burden of all regenerated people, but a ruin to all despisers of God. He looks at the broken spirit and contrite heart... Reading: Psalm 51, God bless.
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Thursday, May 7, 2015
This psalm is a reminder of the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. That day shall be a day of judgment to devour the wicked with fire (v3). The whole truth will be revealed, and all religious sacrifices will cease at last! Both sinners and partakers of sins will be destroyed by the righteous Judge who can discern the innermost part of our being. 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. As God said, "consider this, you, who forget God," because there are some who made promises in the past but were insincere (v22). God knows all things and He will reveal everything on the day of our salvation... Reading: Psalm 50, God bless.
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
This psalm is to teach the men of this world, both believers and nonbelievers, rich and poor about the sin in setting their hearts upon the things of this world; money, power, and fleshly desire. None of these wealth and material things can redeem his own soul. On the day of judgment, worldly and wicked people will be afraid; but why should a man fear death and judgment if Jesus is with Him? So the psalmist encouraged all people to seek a better life that cannot be found from the things of this world. The Old Testament people knew that redemption of the soul shall cost very dear, that only the Redeemer can do it for them. Therefore, let us be encouraged to be rich in the grace and knowledge of God that is hard to find. This richness is only available not in this kingdom but only in the kingdom of God through Christ our Lord.... Reading: psalm 49, God bless.
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015
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 our blessed hope through Christ our Lord. Let us give to God the glory of the great things He has done for us. Let all the members of the church take comfort from what the Lord is doing for His church. Let us observe the beauty, strength, and safety of the church. Finally, 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)... Reading: Psalm 48, God bless.
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Monday, May 4, 2015
Praising our God is a privilege and a duty in which we ought to do regularly, because He is the God of awful majesty. We do express our praises by means of singing, dancing, shouting, or listening to Christian music as we ponder God's goodness in our lives. This is one of many ways to express our gratitude towards our Creator. 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 that we must understand why and for what reason we praise God; such as our salvation, provision, protection, healing, and many more. Praising God is not only a ritual but a lifestyle. Any service that is not reasonable is not an acceptable service, like personal interest, or at the expense of others, and wrong motive. 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... Reading: Psalm 47, God bless.
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Saturday, May 2, 2015
God is our Help, the One whom we have found to be so, a Help at hand, the One who is always near and available even in time of trouble. We cannot desire a better one than our God, nor shall we ever find someone like Him in our surrounding. Don't be afraid though earthquakes happen, typhoons come, waters roar, or shaking in our lives and ministries, because God is our refuge and strength and He 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.
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Friday, May 1, 2015
This psalm is a Messianic prophecy on His victory and exaltation. The Messiah is righteous and His kingdom will be exalted forever (v6). His desire is righteousness and His kingdom is founded on it. Unfortunately, the kingdom of this world offers many things that draw the hearts of men away from the kingdom of the Lord. His invitation to all is consider His voice and incline their ears, "forget your own people also, and your father's house" (v10). This is exactly similar to the Lord's message of becoming a disciple. Jesus said, "You cannot be my disciple if you love your parents more than Me." It means Jesus' words should be considered above all our inherited traditions from our ancestors. We should be more concerned that our eyes and ears are always open, and be responsible to understand how much more worthy He is of our love than anything or anyone else... Reading: Psalm 45, God bless.