Monday, August 31, 2015

Psalm 144

Ministry started from the Lord, and when He called us, He will train and equip our hands. David was effective and successful in many of his battles because he was willing to learn the ways and strategies of the Lord. What is man that God is mindful of him/her? David knew that without God, man can accomplish nothing. The first strategy is to humble oneself to God. Submission to God's word is the key for every victory. Second, singing praises and adoration to His presence. "I will sing  new song to You" (v9). We need to unlock all gates that hinder us to take the key for success by singing. With these two acts, humbling and praising, we can be assured of God's rescue and deliverance from the hands of the invisible enemies. God's provision is to be desired, that we may also be generous and useful to our friends and those who are in need of our help. Jesus shared His blessing to us that we may also bless others... Reading: Psalm 144, God bless.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Psalm 143

When David was in trouble, he always looked back and remembered the appearances and works of Yahweh to his afflicted people, and to his personal deliverance (v5). He knew that the more we consider the power of God, the less we shall be afraid of the forces of the enemies. God is righteous, and Him alone can give righteous judgment. David was aware that all human beings have no righteousness of their own to plead to God. Therefore, his only solution to all his troubles was to look up with earnest desires towards God's mercy and favor. He prayed that God would be well pleased with him, and let him know the perfect will of God (10), so that he can handle his situation righteously. As servants and friends of Jesus, our goal in life is not only to live with a happy and abundant life, but full of righteous living and holiness... Reading: Psalm 143, God bless.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Psalm 142

David was in danger while writing this psalm. His enemies, who were stronger than him, had set a snare for him, and no one cares for his life in this time of trouble. So he cried out to the Lord by showing his difficulties and concerns, and casting all his cares upon His God. When our spirits are overwhelmed by distress and filled with discouragement, we must reflect with the comfort the Holy Spirit can do for us. Those believers who are sincere to yield on the promises of Jesus shall find refuge and sufficient grace in their lives. Like David, let us pray earnestly to our Father in heaven, coming to His presence without any amount of doubt and worry. Our God had raised Jesus from the grave to be the Advocate and Protector of our souls from here to eternity... Reading: Psalm 142, God bless.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Psalm 141

A good person knows the sins of tongue. When the enemies are provoking us to sin, we need to be careful for the words that we are about to utter. David cried out to the Holy Spirit to guard his mouth and watch over the door of his lips (v3). He prayed, knowing that prayer is a spiritual sacrifice, an offering of the soul on its best affections. He knows the danger of speaking against others without seeking good council. This psalm shows that receiving rebuke from the voice of the Holy Spirit and other brethren should be welcomed, because they are not destructive to our lives, but to our hearts. Though the world is bitter, but the word of God is sweet.  Therefore, let us lift up our eyes upon the Lord, and pray that His grace may cloth us with His righteousness and having all the sweetness of His words planted in our hearts... Reading: Psalm 141, God bless.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Psalm 140

We are living in an imperfect environment, and the more danger appears, the more earnest we should be in prayer to God. Let us pray for God's protection from violent people, that God handles our daily activities so that our footsteps should not slip. The Bible said that God is able to keep us from falling and we are safe in His mighty Hand. We should also pray that God would not allow the desires of the wicked men, nor further their secret and evil plans against this world and God's people. The Lord had promised that none can be against us. Surely, the righteous and forgiven people shall dwell in God's presence, and give Him thanks forevermore. Those who are righteous in God's sight are justified through faith in Christ, and the effect of this is harmonious living both with God and His redeemed men and women... Reading: Psalm 140, God bless.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Psalm 139

David acknowledged the all-knowing attribute of God. He understood that God knows what is in his heart, in his mind, acquainted with all his ways, and has perfect knowledge about his life. It means that our thoughts and actions are open before God, even every step, right or left, and all rules we take. Also, we can't flee from His presence because God is everywhere. No veil can hide from Him, not even the thickest clouds. To God, light and darkness are both alike, which means, our success and victory should be treated equally, because all things are in the mighty Hands of God. The Lord knows us thoroughly, but there are times that we are strangers to ourselves. Therefore, we should desire and pray humbly to be searched and proved by His word and Spirit, if there are wickedness or good ways in our lives.... Reading: Psalm 139, God bless.

 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Psalm 138

David was not afraid to praise Yahweh even in the midst of the gods of the pagan people. He had many reasons for doing this; he experienced God's lovingkindness, he understood that God's words are true and reliable, he received answered prayers when he cried out to God, and in time of trials and to do his duties, he received strength from the Lord. Therefore, he was bound to be thankful to his God, so that "the kings of the earth shall praise You" (v4). Like David, the ultimate goal of God's people is to introduce Jesus to others, that they may know that God reigns in this world. Though some proud will reject our message, the humble will submit to the will of God. This simple things will give glory to our God, and they will not be in vain till the completion of our salvation in the final days of the Lord Jesus Christ... Reading: Psalm 138, God bless.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Psalm 137

The Babylonian had carried the Israelites away from their own land. It was the darkest hour in the history of ancient Israelites. The prophets proclaimed that sins and disobedience to God's law caused them to fall into the hand of their barbaric enemies. While in Babylon, they wept, they cried our to God, they remembered their land and all the festivities. How can they sing the victory songs of Zion in the foreign land where in they are being enslaved. They dare not sing the songs of David in the midst of idolaters and immoral people. This psalm tells that even in time of defeat, we should recollect with godly sorrow God's mercies and promises. Our sins should be acknowledged, because God's punishment is temporary but His grace and mercy endures forever... Reading: Psalm 137, God bless.

 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Psalm 136

Give thanks to the Lord and don't forget His wonders and mighty power. He is the Creator who  created all things, and He can still create a situation for our own benefits. The great thing God did for Israel is the testimony that cannot be erased. He brought them out of Egypt, overthrew Pharaoh, divided the Red Sea, struck down Canaanite kings, and gave the land as inheritance. These acts were the type of Christ's works in our lives. Jesus had created a situation for our salvation; He scattered us! Then, He redeemed us from our past, forgave our sins, released us from bondage of sins, and gave us new life and daily bread. May we understand and feel deeply the redeeming power of Jesus in our lives that we may serve Him in righteousness all our days. Give thanks to the Lord for His mercy endures forever... Reading: Psalm 137, God bless.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Psalm 135

This psalm brings us back from the creation of heaven and earth to God's marvelous works. There is a God who controls all things, and He is sovereign to choose Jacob, a people to Himself that they might be unto Him for a name and a praise. When God destroyed the firstborn of Egypt and their enemies, and gave His inheritance to Israelites, it shows that His judgment is fair and upright. This is similar to our experience, that when God has chosen the Christians to be His people, no one can question that. However, if His people will not praise Him, they are the most unworthy and ungrateful of all. Be thankful to the Lord, Jesus is alive. Idols are nothing and those who trust in idols will be dead forever... Reading: Psalm 135, God bless.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Psalm 134

This psalm is an exhortation to bless and praise the name of the Lord at night. They gather to worship  Yahweh at the sanctuary on day time, but there are servants that continue to serve Him even at night time. It is an excellent time to fill up our spare times with meditation and prayers at night by attending the Bible Study and prayer meeting in the church or in houses. The evening activities should not be a burden to God's servants, that instead of spending our night time in watching TV or other carnal indulgences, spend your night time with God. Our happiness should be in the Lord, not in the world. Pray that God may send His blessing from Zion to our homes... Reading: Psalm 134, God bless.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Psalm 133

The unity in spirit and the brotherly love (Philadelphia) brings anointing to each one of us. This unity is the fruit of the Spirit, the evidence of our complete union with Jesus Christ. We are united in our church because of the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and without it, we will be disarrayed. It means we don't rely on our own efforts, but through the power of the Spirit of God. Because God saw the brotherly love, He commands the blessing to descend from top to bottom, from heaven to our home, like the dew flowing down from mount Hermon to mount Zion. Believers that live in love and peace, shall have the God of love and peace with them now, and they shall be with Him for ever, in the world of endless love and peace... Reading: Psalm 133, God bless.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Psalm 132

The psalmist prayed to God using the name and sacrifices of David when the king was still alive. He tied up himself to the past where the faithful people had submitted to God's divine providence and found favor from Him. If we are in Christ, God will never turn from us when we plead the new covenant that Christ had established at the cross. As God dwells in Zion making it His resting place, the Church that Jesus built will be His consecrated body connected with Him as the Head. Therefore, when work is to be done for the Lord, it is good to tie ourselves with His providence, go to His tabernacle first and worship Him at His footstool. Surely, His protection will be upon us and His divine anointing will not depart from us... Reading: Psalm 132, God bless.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Psalm 131

Humility leads us to be godly, and where there is proud heart, there is a proud look. Knowing God is a learning process that is very high for us. It is our wisdom not to interfere with the things that does not belong to us, but to be content in every condition God allotted to us. However, we need to do the assigned things for us faithfully. God knows that our hearts are desirous of worldly things, but, by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, a true believer that is made holy is weaned from that materialistic attitude. They are secondary and the focal point is God, Jesus Christ, the Lover of our heart. The psalmist recommends confidence in the Lord, and to all people of God, Israelites and Christians, are to hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord in this world.... Reading: Psalm 131, God bless.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Psalm 130

If God will count our sins, no one can stand, all of us are guilty. However, there is forgiveness in God if we admit the guilt of sin, quit all, and come to the Lord. Apart from Him, there is no comfort and complete joy in our souls. But thanks be to Jesus who justified and cleared us from our misconducts. So if we want to devote our lives to God, let us stay cheerfully to the words of Jesus, because He is able to redeem us from condemnation. Redemption from sin includes freeing from all forms of evil and damnation in hell through the atoning blood of Christ. Putting our hope in God is believing on His promises and staying in His presence. Like those who wait at night to see the dawn and desiring to see the light, let us wait patiently because Jesus will save His people in the day of His return... Reading: Psalm 130, God bless.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Psalm 129

God's people shall experience various ways of bad behaviors and mischief both from non-believers and carnal people.  But if we are in Christ and if God is for us, we shall always be delivered graciously from these evil ways. Jesus has built His people upon the solid foundation, and He is able to protect us from the wicked ways they design against us. God is righteous and He has promised to preserve a people for Himself, the Israelites and the Christians. This psalm declares that while God's people shall flourish and live forever, those who hate them shall scatter and wither before they grow. "The Lord is righteous, He has cut in pieces the cords of the wicked" (v4). God's people will always prevail and victorious amidst trials and struggles, because His blessings is upon us, so let us be thankful to God... Reading: Psalm 129, God bless.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Psalm 128

Only those who fear God are truly holy and happy. Many religious people alway pretend to be happy and holy but in reality they are not. But blessed is the one who fears the Lord; whether he or she be high or low, rich or poor in this world. If you fear God and walk in His way, you shall be well with Him and His people. The entire family will be favored and consecrated, and the whole community will be benefited by this. They shall have many good things God has promised, in which they pray for. In mentioning Israel, it shows that the psalmist was so much concern about the welfare of three thing, first his personal relationship with God, second, his family with God, third his nation or community with God. Every true believer rejoices in the prosperity of the entire church physically and spiritually... Reading: Psalm 128, God bless.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Psalm 127

In all of the affairs of our lives, families, business, ministries, etc. we must look up and depend upon the favor and blessings of our God. But people in this world makes their lives bitter and burdened because their goal is only to get money and more money. Unless God builds the house and prospers all the plans, our labors will be in vain. Our care must be to keep ourselves in the love of God and to seek and understand His ways, so that it may be easier for us to live.  Children are God's gifts, and are to be accounted blessings and not burdens. They are given by God for a purpose, that is to produce more worshippers and servants in God's kingdom. They are great support and defense to a family and to the community as well if trained well according to the word of God. Truly, all comforts in this world are uncertain, but our spiritual children are our joy and crown in the Day of Jesus Christ... Reading: Psalm 127, God bless.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Psalm 126

The Israelites were so thankful and filled with wonders when God had brought them back to their homeland from 70 years of captivity in Babylon. Their sins had imprisoned them but God's mercy had released them from the power of their enemies. Christians were once in the power of satanic control, and it is by the grace of God that we have been taken out from the power of darkness. The favor of God encourages us to pray and utter praises and adorations. Our sufferings will come and go, but we must stay in His promises, because Jesus said that those who mourn will be comforted, and as we sow in tears, we will reap with joy forever. Indeed, the days are coming when we shall reap in joy, plentiful harvest of souls through the power of our Lord. Thanks be to God for this mysterious wisdom... Reading: Psalm 126, God bless.

Psalm 125

Mount Zion is like a hard and solid rock located in the very center of the world, Jerusalem. Earthquakes, storms and thunders may come and go, but it shall never be moved but stay forever. The psalmist compares our faith with Mount Zion that if our faith is certain and firm in the Lord, we can stand strongly even in time of trials and miseries in life. We are protected by the mighty Hand of the Lord. Though we are not perfect yet the Lord will make all things work together for our own good because we put our trust in Him. So if we follow the ways of our Lord, though we may encounter troubles in our way, but the end shall be peace and joy in the Holy Spirit... Reading: Psalm 125, God bless.

Psalm 124

God's people are always in a battle, serving Him amidst trials and persecutions. The enemies lay snares to bring us into sin and trouble, and to hold us there. Sometimes they seem to win, but we must put our trust in the Lord and surely we shall never be put to confusion and defeat. As God's people, we must always ascribed all the honor and glory to the power and mercy of the risen Lord, and look back with wonder and thanksgivings on the way in which He has led us. Indeed, if it had not been the Lord who was on our side, we had been swallowed up long time ago by our enemy, the devil. Let us rejoice and praise our Victorious Savior Jesus Christ... Reading: Psalm 124, God bless.

Psalm 123

As the eyes of the workers look firmly to their assigned job, we Christians will also look up and focus our eyes to the Lord, who is all in all to us. Don't stop looking at Him till we receive favor and mercy, even for our daily bread. Sometimes it's hard to bear the demand and pressures of life, but the servants of God should not complain if they are treated by the world similar to His beloved Son. Let us be ready to faint under trials, look unto Jesus, and by faith and prayer cast ourselves up... Reading: Psalm 123, God bless.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Psalm 122

We need to thank God when someone had invited us for the first time to go into the house of the Lord; in a sense, evangelism. In this context, the psalmist refers to the temple in Jerusalem where the Israelites gathered together to worship Yahweh, but in Christian context, it refers to the church or the assembly of the Lord's redeemed people. Jesus Christ opens the door of His kingdom to us, and we must be thankful to Him for using our faithful Christian brethren. The ancient temple was located in Jerusalem, and we are told to pray for the peace of this city. The psalmist prayed for posterity for those who obey. But we are also waiting for the New Jerusalem, the eternal home of God's fruitful people. Let us not stop serving our God, for one day we will be with Jesus forever where all trials and suffering will be ceased... Reading: Psalm 122, God bless.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Psalm 121

Shall we depend upon the strength of mighty men other than God? No way, our confidence is in the power of the living God, Jesus Christ the King. We will focus our eyes to Him, because our help comes from Him. When difficult times are great, we must expect help in His own way and time. Our God is alive, He watches over us, He never weary, He does not sleep, and always ready to protect us. He is near to us, and ready to take care so that we shall not fall and destroy. Truly, the Lord shall prevent the evil one to demolish our faith and confidence in God. Jesus who is the Lord of the universe will preserve our souls, that it shall not be defiled by sin to preserve from perishing in eternal fire. In this world and in the world to come, Jesus will be our companion, and the promise of this psalm belongs to us... Reading: Psalm 121, God bless.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Psalm 120

By what means that we came to this distressful world and situation? Sin brought men into great distress, and the psalmist declares that God can deliver us from the people that cause us to suffer and agonize. But, we need to seek God by fervent prayer, because only God can bridle those lying lips and stop evil plans against His people. God's arrow means His wrath against evil doers. And the only portion of lying lips and evil doers is the burning coal that burns eternally. It is dreadful for a good man to be in company of wicked and horrible people. That's why we need to choose the right people that will lead us into a life having peace and harmony. Jesus cried out to the Father while hanging at the cross, and God heard Him and now seated at the throne in eternity... Reading: Palm 120, God bless.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Psalm 119:161-176

Knowing God's words is like finding great treasures. The more we see the beauty of truth and integrity, the more we shall see the evil of lying. The psalmist hates to have a lie told him, and as Christians, we should hate more on telling a lie. We can't hide anything from God because His eyes are on us at all times; this should make us very careful to keep his commandments. Let us desire to know more of His righteous ways and His loving acts by heart. Let us make the word of God the rule of our discourse, never to use it in evil speaking and sinful silence. Continue to seek His kingdom and righteousness  for His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom... Reading: Psalm 119:161-176, Glory to God.