Friday, July 31, 2015

Psalm 119:137-160

The true servants of God will always enjoy, love and welcome God's words, whether they are encouragement or rebuke, because the word is pure and righteous. Unlike the wicked, salvation is far from them, because they do not seek God's word and they have other focus (v155). Our love to His word is evidence to our obedience. God's word is designed to make us partake His holiness. When we are in trouble and weeping, God is on our side, when we are in victory and rejoicing God is  celebrating with us. He will perform His promises not to leave us because faithfulness is His nature. The closer we cleave to the word of God, the more assurance we have of protection. Jesus is our Redeemer, and our obedience is only pleasing to Him when it comes to principle of love and obedience... Reading: Psalm 119:137-160, God bless.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Psalm 119:121-136

Without God's mercy and protection, the world and its oppressive ways would have swallowed us alive. We deserve no favor from God, because our desires are always in contrast to the will of the perfect God. However, if we act upon the biblical principles, like submission to Christ, unity in the Spirit of His church, humility with one another, loving the unlovable, doing justice and righteousness, God secures His blessings to every true believer. We must do what we can for the support of God's kingdom, after all, it is by grace that we serve Him. So great is the division between the believers and nonbelievers, for we delight in the law of the Lord more than gold and silver, but to them they regard God's law void and null. Thank You Lord that I have been born in Your eternal kingdom... Reading: Psalm 129:121-136, God bless.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Psalm 119:81-120

Afflictions, stress, anxiety, worry, hatred, enmity, disgusting, and other similar negative words can be heard always from the lips of nonbelievers and carnal people. That's why the psalmist declares: "Unless Your law had been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction" (v92). The words of God are true and faithful guides in the path of peace and safety living. Wickedness may almost consume us on this earth, but if we should depend upon the grace of God to do every good works, we will always be in His right direction. By doing so, we shall have more understanding than those who teach the word of God, making the Bible a pleasant companion and light at all time. The Lord will keep us in peace, our mind is stayed on Him, and our comfort and happiness from Christ alone. When  a good person brings his/her heart anywhere, by the grace of God, then it is done well... Reading: Psalm 119:81-120, God bless.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Psalm 119:41-80

There is no unfairness from God, for He teaches His people according to His words. He has given us His Spirit that we may know Him and His ways. He has caused us to hope in His promises that we may be comforted in time of afflictions in this troubled world. In the midst of tribulations and challenges in life, God will always be our portion and fortress through His favors and mercies according to His words. My prayer always is that God teach me the good judgment and knowledge, to welcome good and reject evil, to obey His will and not mine, to help people especially those who are in need of salvation, and to finish my assignment till the end of my days. This 2:30 am, I received a cal from Manila that my sister Flory went home with the Lord. She was 60 years old and believer from Laguna. I pray that God will help me and my family to remain faithful with Jesus all the days of our lives... Reading: Psalm 119:41-80, God bless.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Psalm 119:1-40

The prayer for today's reading is "Teach me Your statues." (vv 12, 26, 33). Statutes are God's laws and standard. The psalmist wants be cleansed from all sins and uncleanness. He understands that the forgiving mercy of God is the only source of a sinner's happiness. As we study God's words, our eyes may be opened to see great things and promises instead of worthless things, our souls may be revived from heaviness, our lips may be removed from the way of lying, our mind may understand the true intent of God, and our hearts may be inclined to God's testimonies and not to covetousness. If the heart be divided between the Lord and the world, it is not only carnal but evil. That's why Christians must be careful to avoid the things that leads them away from devotion to God. We need material things, but we need the good Lord more than these... Reading: Psalm 119:1-140, God bless. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Psalm 118

Even in time of distress and difficulties in life, God's promises will always be faithful, the Lord will always be on our side. Our confidence should be on the promises of the Lord in the Bible. Material things are not the evidence that the Lord is on our side, because even the nonbelievers possessed those things. The most important in this world is our faith in His words, in which many people cannot understand. "The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner stone" (v22). Jesus is the cornerstone of God's kingdom, ignored and rejected by billions of people. But as for us, we will rejoice always, because everyday is the day of salvation which the Lord has made. Therefore, let us seek to live to declare the works of God, and to encourage others to serve Him and trust in Him. Such were the triumphs of the Jesus Christ, in the assurance that the desire of the Father should prosper in His victory at the cross... Reading: Psalm 118, God bless.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Psalm 117

This is the shortest psalm, calling all nations and peoples to praise the true and only God, the Lord. There is a reason for Gentiles to praise Him because God sustains our existence; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust (Mt 5:45), there is no favoritism in Him. Similar to the gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news is to be preached to the Gentile nations. For many generations, God is known only to the Israelites, and this knowledge was not given to any Gentile. But the gospel of Christ is ordered to be preached to all nations, and by Him those that were afar off are made near.  Thank God that we have come to know Jesus and be His instruments to propagate this wonderful message of salvation.... Reading: Psalm 117, God bless.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Psalm 116

We have so many reasons for loving the Lord. He has saved us from sting of death (v3), He gave us favors by granting our prayers, He provided our needs by giving us jobs, shelters, good health, family, community, and knowledge of God. In response, the psalmist said, "What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me?" (v12). Of course, only the true Christians will respond positively. They will pay their promises to the Lord (14), they will be faithful to their ministries (v17), they will offer their lives to God sacrificially, they will be loyal to their friends, they will walk in the path of righteousness as long as they live, and when they are in trouble, they will do their best to hold their peace. People will never find perfection in this world (11), that's why we need to call upon the name of the Lord always, depend on Him, because only Jesus can give us the assurance of complete redemption in the days ahead... Reading: Psalm 116, God bless.

Psalm 115

We are saved by grace not by own merits or anything else, that's why there is no reason for self righteousness & self glorification. All good things we do and all that we have are gifts of His mercy, and He must have all the praises.  The gods of the nonbelievers are molded by the  hands of men, but the God of true believers is molding His people to be conformed unto the image of Christ. Therefore, it is unwise to trust in dead images, and also in our own understanding  and feelings. Truly, only people with God's spirit can praise Him, because the dead has no power to obey and praise God. Our prayer is that God give us the grace every second of our lives so that we can obey Him and praise His holy name in the precious name of Jesus... Reading: Psalm 115, God bless.

Psalm 113

The psalmist has many reasons to praise his God. He praises the Lord because God is far above all the kings and leaders of the earth. Though He dwells on high and His works are incomparable to the works of men, God is willing to humble Himself, "to behold the things that are in the heavens and in the earth" (v6). God became a simple man to seek the lost, to give sight to the blinds, to raise the poor out of dust, and the slaves out from their slavery, by which we are one of them. This is God's method in His kingdom of grace by making even the traitors to be special children. Indeed we have so many reasons not only to praise our Lord Jesus Christ but to serve Him as His instrument by producing many worshippers in His kingdom. Praised be to our God..,. Reading: Psalm 113, God bless.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Psalm 114

This psalm is a retelling of Exodus when the Israelites went out of Egypt, with the demonstration of God's power and the reaction of God's creation. Judah became God's sanctuary which was not a recognized place at the time, while Israel became His possession, a land controlled by the Canaanites.   The raging sea, the towering mountains, the hills, and the surroundings had been compared to a tamed lamb humbled at the display of majestic power of the God of the Israelites. All creation trembles at the holy presence of the Lord! Our experience is similar to the exodus story when we accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. All things became new in the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We are washed from our sins, we are cleansed from our filthiness, we are tamed from our self-righteousness, and we are willing to grow in the grace and knowledge of God. Thank you Lord for the gift of salvation.... Reading: Psalm 114, God bless.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Psalm 112

The psalmist asserted that those who fear the Lord and obey His commands will always have good fruits in their lives. Their children will be strong in the land, will be prosperous, and will live in abundance so that they can be God's channel of blessings to the needy. There will be overflowing of good things from God because they live generously among others. In time of trials and testing, they will never be shaken because God is their foundation. When they hear bad news, they will not be affected for the Lord is their shield and depender. Their hearts are secure and their souls are calm and undisturbed. Indeed trusting in the Lord is the best and surest way of establishing one's life in this world. We might encounter troubles, but Jesus promised that He has overcome the world... Reading: Psalm 112, God bless.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Psalm 111

The psalmist recommends to praise and exalt the works of the Lord, including His ways of dealing with His creation, that they are be remembered always. His works are honorable and glorious; from the creation of humanity to their fall, to the final redemption of Christ at the cross should never be neglected. God's forgiveness of our sins and His compassion to all mankind is the most wonderful works He has ever done, and ought to be learned by heart to His glory. All wise men fear the Lord, because no man is wise who does not fear  His commands, and no man acts wisely except those that had been influenced by the fear of the Lord. This kind of fear leads us to repentance and faith in Christ Jesus, and to be watchful and obedient to Him wisely.... Reading: Psalm 111, God bless

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Psalm 110

The psalmist declares two Lords working side by side. It gives the ancient Israelites a clue about the eternity of their future Messiah or Savior. He should be superior to all kings of the earth, that would give law and fair judgment to all people. Despite the powers of darkness, the Messiah shall execute righteousness and prevail, being the priest of holiness and king of truth. He is the Advocate with the Father, and Mediator between God and man. His victory is glorious to His followers but a complete ruin against His enemies. Thank You Lord that we are your willing followers... Reading: Psalm 110, God bless.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Psalm 109

The psalmist complains about his enemies who hated and fought against him without a cause. The psalmist loves them for the sake of unity, but his enemies rewarded him evil for good (v5). As a comfort to all God fearing people, whoever is against us, God will always be on our side. Though our enemies laughed at us for our devotion and faithfulness to Him, God knows the condition of all men's hearts. Our comfort is the Lord in a very humble manner. Let Him save us not according to our merit, but by His overflowing mercies. If He bless us with abundant blessings and victories, we need to ignore those who cursed and hated us. Don't curse but bless them in our prayers (v28). This psalm concludes with the joy of faith, that his present conflict with people would end in victory. Jesus put to death unjustly, but rose victoriously with power and might... Reading: Psalm 109, God bless.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Psalm 108

This psalm begins with praise and concluded with prayer. When our hearts are firm in faith and obedience, it will show that our lips are employed with praises and adoration. It is true that His word is indeed established in eternity that no one can change it, but we should not stop asking help and strength from the Lord. As we pray to our Lord with assured faith and hope, let us expect from Him help in every trouble and victory in every conflict. The psalmist declares, "Through our God we will do valiantly, for it is He shall tread down our enemies" (13). Whatever we do, whatever we gain, God must have all the glory. Our prayer is that the Lord will visit all our souls with this salvation and favor which He bears to His people... Reading: Psalm 108, God bless.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Psalm 107

This psalm is a reference to the deliverance from Egypt and God's demonstration of power and protection over His people. The words describe their chaotic situation in the wilderness and how God helped them when they cried out in their troubles. But this is also a shadow of the sinners' deliverance from the far worse confinement in the hand of the evil one, Satan. The awakened sinners discover their sins, guilt and miseries, finding no help but only in the mercy and grace of God. It is only by the power of Him that we recovered from sickness and ignorance, and it is now our duty to be thankful as the psalmist emphasized. Indeed the true believers will treasure in their hearts this truth because "Whoever is wise will observe these things, and they will understand the lovingkindness of the Lord" (43). Give thanks to the Lord always, for His mercy endures forever... Reading: Psalm 107, God bless.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Psalm 101

The  works of the evil person shall never remain but ceased forever. Like Satan-the promoter of all rebellions and disobedience, will be banished forever in the lake of fire. But the eyes of the Lord will be on the faithful Christians, that they may receive His blessings, protections and provisions. When God exercises His judgment and mercy toward us, we must make an appropriate acknowledgement for His own glory. How? To behave wisely in a matured way, and walk within our house with a responsible heart (v2). Like David, let us intentionally regulate our household and govern our works to stop wickedness but encourage godliness. Let us utilize the authority that God gave us to maximize the virtue and wisdom that many don't understand in this fading world... Reading: Psalm 101, God bless.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Psalm 99

The Lord reigns over all the earth, and He governs the world by His providence, and also the church by His grace and mercy. He is above all gods and the peoples, even kings and government leaders. He loves justice and righteousness, but causes people to tremble by demonstrating His great power. The people of ancient time like Moses, Aaron and Samuel were witnesses of His awesome power, knowing that they could expect total protection from Him and their prayers be heard and answered (v8). The people of God prevailed wonderfully with Him in prayers, and miracles were shown at their request. Today, as we serve our living God, let us consider His miraculous works by sending His Son in our lives, so that we may live a holy life that is pleasing and delightful in His sight... Reading: Psalm 99, God bless you today.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Psalm 98

When God chose us to be His people, He also put a new heart so that we can sing a new song that will give praises into His name. So let this new song be sung in our lips to the glory of His name, and because of the marvelous answered prayers He had made for us. God revealed His plan of salvation to us, and made known the right path of redemption. If God will not do that to us, we will never find the right way to eternity. You might be insulted by some people, but don't be bothered by that, but pray for their salvation and enlightenment too. So let the children of God rejoice in sharing the good news of salvation that God offers to the whole earth. Yes, the Lord Jesus is coming soon to judge the living and the dead... Psalm 98, God bless you.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Psalm 97

In the midst of confusions, doubts and uncertainties, the psalmist proclaims that the Lord still reigns. His presence is over all the whole earth, His throne is exalted above the kingdoms and nations, He is above all gods, far above the wisdom and new ideas in this world. But righteousness and justice are the foundations of His throne (v2), so that it might be a matter of joy to the believers, yet a source of anger to others because of their unbelief. Truly the faithful servants of Jesus may rejoice and be glad because He is glorified, and they will do the things that may give Him pleasures. Jesus is reigning in heaven and He is returning soon on earth to fulfill His promises and put an end of all kinds of idol worship and rebellions... Reading: Psalm 97, God bless you today.