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Friday, July 03 2020

Psalm 37 & 38: Delighting In The LORD

Verse of the Day: (37:4) Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

1.    Delighting In The LORD (37:1-26)
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. (37:23)

King David delighted in God and His Word, as he committed his entire life to Him for His glory, and God granted him the desires of his heart. Whatever situations he faced, he entrusted them to God as he knew that He would never fail him since the day he trusted in Him. Though he saw how wicked unbelievers prospered in their deceit and lies, and the righteous suffered in their honesty and integrity, yet he knew that God never make a mistake. Indeed, one day, the wicked unbelievers shall be eternally punished in the devil’s hell, and the righteous believers shall be richly rewarded, and promoted to God’s heaven. Apostle Paul, like David, also delighted in God and His Word, and he kept his faith in Him, and was granted the desires of his heart with a crown of righteousness awaiting him in glorious heaven. Let us thus delight in God and His Word, and commit all our ways to Him, and He shall grant us the desires of our hearts. (Romans 7:22-25)

2.    Dwelling In The LORD (37:27-40)
Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore. (37:27)

David chose to dwell and meditate in God and His holy Word, as he did what was good in His eyes, departing from evil. Let us thus believe in and receive Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour, and invite the Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts. Let us read, study and apply His Word so that we be rooted and grounded in His everlasting love, and sharing His Gospel, that all may know that Jesus is truly the Son of God. (Ephesians 3:11-21)  

3.    Desiring The LORD (38:1-22)
Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee. (38:9)

David poured out his heart before God, desiring to do His will and even to be with Him in His home in heaven. This must be the lowest point of David’s life, as he groaned to God that his heart is heavy, his strength is failing, and his light and life is diminishing and about to meet Him. Every time when David was in deep trouble and crises, he would seek and desire God and His Word, so as to find His perfect plan and purpose for his life. He knew that if not for God’s mercy and grace, he would have been eternally condemned to fiery hell because of his sins and iniquities. However, David truly loved and desired God and His Word, and he repented of his sins, and return to Him. Like Apostle Peter and David and like babies desiring the nourishing milk of their mothers, let us also desire God and His Word so that we may grow in grace and in knowledge of Him. (1 Peter 2:1-3)

Prayer of the Day:

Dearest God, please help me to delight in You and Your Word so as to grow in You.

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Friday, July 03 2020

Psalm 35 & 36: God Is My Rejoicing

Verse of the Day: (35:9) And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.

 1.    God Is My Rejoicing (35:1-11)
False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not. (35:11)

King David inspired by the Holy Spirit wrote this Psalm with double prophecy as he not only prophesied his future but also the coming of the Messiah, the Son of God, Jesus Christ. This was the time when David must have experienced the hardest trial of his life, especially when his beloved son, Absalom, betrayed him, and conspired with some of his unfaithful leaders to usurp his throne to be the next King of Israel. David also prophesied the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, and how He too would also be betrayed by false witnesses, and eventually was crucified on the cruel cross at Calvary, not for His own sins, but the sins of the whole world. Amid all the trials and testing, David still rejoiced in God, and praised and thanked Him for who He is, and what He had done with, in and through him. Like Apostle Paul and King David, let us rejoice in the Lord always in whatever circumstances we are in, as He is truly in control of everything. (Philippians 4:4)

2.    God Is My Reward (35:12-28)
They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul. (35:12)

Like the Lord Jesus, King David did good for his family and people, but many of them failed to be grateful to him, and instead they rewarded him evil for good. Jesus performed great miracles for the people, as He healed the blind to see, the lame to walk, the dumb to speak and the deaf to hear, and He cast out demons from them, and even raised the dead alive. However, they rewarded Him evil for good, as they chose to free Barabbas, the worst criminal, and crucify Jesus. (Matthew 27:26) Though Jesus and David were rewarded evil for good, yet it was God’s will for them, as they believed that He never make a mistake. Indeed, though this world may reward us evil for good, but our God shall richly reward us when we believe in Him and diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

3.    God Is My Righteousness (36:1-12)
Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast. (36:6)

At the end of David’s life, he knew that he was an imperfect and sinful king, but it was truly God’s abundant mercy, great faithfulness, and everlasting righteousness, that he was eventually promoted to His eternal home in glorious heaven. (1 Kings 2:1-10) This was the legacy that David charged Solomon, his son, and successor to the throne of Israel. Indeed, with God, all the kings of Israel and Judah shall victoriously rule the nation, but without Him, their enemies shall ruthlessly defeat and rule over them. Let us therefore put on Christ’s righteousness and holiness, and flee from wickedness. (Ephesians 4:17-32) 

Prayer of the Day:

Dearest God, thank You that You are my Rejoicing, Reward and Righteousness.

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