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Monday, April 06 2020

Psalm 31 & 32: Hope In The LORD

Verse of the Day: (31:24) Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

1.   Hand (31:1-15)
My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. (31:15)

Many times, the book of Psalm has double prophecy, that is, the author, King David, inspired by the ultimate Author, the Holy Spirit, not only prophesied his own future, but that of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, His life and ministry, including His death, resurrection and return as the King of kings and Lord of lords during the Millennium and the new Jerusalem, which is after the Rapture of all Christians that can happen at any time now. David not only prophesied God’s preservation of his life, but also that of Jesus, his Rock, who suffered great persecution under the Romans’ rule before He was crucified not for His own sins, but for the sins of the world. Jesus’ death was in fulfilment of God’s prophecy that He shall come to shed His blood for the forgiveness of the sins of the world, and whoever believes in Him shall live forever with Him in heaven. Let us thus humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand that He may exalt us in His time. (1 Peter 5:6-11)

2.   Hope (31:16-24)
O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. (31:23)

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the “black-swan” event in many decades, God desires the world to truly believe and hope in Him in this hopeless world of sins and wickedness. Even during the time of King David, he already experienced the sense of hopelessness as the heathen of the world, including God’s chosen people, the nation of Israel, kept committing idolatry and immorality, and refusing to believe and hope in the God of Israel, the true God. Indeed, by God’s grace, let us believe in Christ, and repent our sins, and look forward to the blessed hope of His glorious appearing, as He loved and gave Himself for us, that He shall redeem us from our sins, and purify us as His people zealous of good works, and bound for our home in heaven to be with Him forever. (Titus 2:11-15)

3.   Heart (32:1-11)
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. (32:11)

Amid all the trials and troubles, David rejoiced in God knowing that his faith was tested to the fullest, so as to reveal the real motive of his heart, which was indeed, after God’s own heart. Let us thus rejoice in God, singing and making melody in our hearts, and giving thanks to Him for all things, especially our precious salvation. (Ephesians 5:16-21)

Prayer of the Day:

Dearest God, please help me to hope in You amid this hopeless world of wickedness.

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Thursday, April 02 2020

Psalm 29 & 30: In His Favour Is Life

Verse of the Day: (30:5) For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

1.   LORD (29:1-11)
Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. (29:2)

David was called a man after God’s heart, because he trusted and obeyed the voice of the LORD, and worshipped Him in spirit and in truth. (Acts 13:22) David acknowledged that the voice of the LORD was indeed powerful and majestic, and it is through His great voice that the whole world was created - the magnificent universe, the clear blue sky, the great oceans, the forests, the animals, etc. David truly understood God’s glory and holiness, and this was why he confessed and repented his sins, and prayed to God for fellowship and restoration. Let us thus obey and worship God in spirit and in truth, as He is a Spirit, and worthy to be worshipped for all His glory and holiness. (John 4:21-24)

2.   Lift (30:1-4)
I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me. (30:1)

God always lift up King David even when he was at the lowest point of his life because he trusted in Him. Though time and again David sinned against God, yet God in His abundant mercy, grace and love lifted him up from the mud of sins. Let us therefore believe in and receive Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as our personal Saviour, and He shall lift us up one day to His home in glorious heaven to be with Him forever. (John 3:14-17)

3.   Life (30:5-12)
To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever. (30:12)

After all that happened to King David as he encountered many near deaths during his battles against the enemies of Israel, and even with his own son, he realised that it was truly God’s abundant mercy, grace and love, that had kept him alive. He reminisced and recalled the many nights that he cried and wept to God because of the pain and agony of his life storms and struggles, and yet every morning he would wake up with joy and gladness as God comforted and consoled him. Let us thus give thanks to God, as even though we may weep in the night, because of our great trials, but joy shall come in the morning as He shall comfort and console us. Indeed, God blesses us with abundant life as we are His sheep, and He is our good Shepherd, who sent His Son to die on the cross and shed His precious blood for the sins of the world. Whoever believes in Him shall never perish in fiery hell, but have everlasting life with Him in glorious heaven. (John 10:7-10)

Prayer of the Day:

Dearest God, thank You for granting me Your favour and life as I believe in You.

Posted by: Jenny Chan AT 10:10 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, March 31 2020

Psalm 27 & 28: My Salvation

Verse of the Day: (27:1) The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

1.   Salvation (27:1-3)
Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. (27:3)

At the time of my writing the entire world is facing the threat of coronavirus pandemic, that have caused the loss of many lives, and many are struggling in pain in the Intensive Care Units fighting for their lives, and many are living in fear and anxiety. As I pray to God for His deliverance upon those infected and affected by this tragic outbreak, and the many cities that are experiencing lockdowns and chaos that have resulted in economic recession, this Psalm comes in timely from God to encourage me that He is still on the throne, and He is the Light, Salvation and Strength to all who believe and trust in Him. King David, inspired by the Holy Spirit, must have written this Psalm amid great fears, especially impending war, just like this pandemic, and God assured him that He is his Salvation, and that he should continue to trust in Him. Indeed, God is our Salvation, and only He can save us from hell and promote us to heaven as we believe in Him. (Acts 4:12)

2.   Seek (27:4-14)
One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. (27:4)

There were many things that King David might have sought after, yet he only sought after God. This must be the time when he had passed his youthful and lustful days, and had experienced God’s chastisement and humbling, and had concluded to himself that the only thing that was worth pursuing in life was God and His holiness. He must have spent much of his time in sweet fellowship and prayer in the house of God. Indeed, let us daily seek God, and invest our time and treasures on the things that are eternal and pleasing to Him, such as soul winning and discipleship, and supporting and praying for the pastors and missionaries as they preached the Gospel to the regions beyond. (Colossians 3:1-3)

3.   Strength (28:1-9)
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiced; and with my song will I praise him. (28:7)

David was thrilled and thankful to God for being his salvation and strength, and saving his wretched soul, and forgiving him of all his sins, as he praised and rejoiced in Him all the days of his life. Let us thus glory in our infirmities because God’s grace is sufficient for us, as our strength is only made perfect in our weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)

Prayer of the Day:

Dearest God, thank You that You are my Light, my Salvation and my Everything.

Posted by: Jenny Chan AT 10:33 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
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