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Saturday, September 19 2020

Psalm 127 & 128: Happiness

Verse of the Day: (128:2) For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

1.    Heritage (127:1-5)
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. (127:3)

King Solomon of Israel started well in life, when in a dream at night God appeared to him, and asked him what he required of Him. Solomon asked God for wisdom, instead of longevity, riches and revenge. God then blessed him with His wisdom. However, throughout Solomon’s life, he failed to apply God’s wisdom, and instead he strayed away from God, and went after the lusts of his flesh and eyes, and pride of life. He rebelled against God, and instead of one wife, he had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines, and even followed their idols. At the end of Solomon’s life, he reaped the consequences of his sins of immorality and idolatry. His once powerful kingdom became divided, and his once happy family became a misery to him. Solomon then repented his sins, as he realised that his life, family and kingdom were God’s heritage, rewards and blessings. Without God, he was nothing, and had nothing. (1 Kings 3-11) Indeed, let us trust and obey God and commit our life, family, work and ministry to Him as they are His heritage, rewards and blessings. Let us who are in leadership be blameless and exemplary in our service and testimony, and be sober and vigilant, as our enemy, the devil, as a roaring lion, seeks to destroy and derail us from serving our living God. (1 Peter 5:1-11)

2.    Happiness (128:1-2)
Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. (128:1)

To have true happiness and real joy, we must fear God, walk in His ways and obey His commandments. Only in God can we find true joy and happiness in our family, work and ministry. Only in God, can we really enjoy the fruits of our hard work, and our labour shall never be in vain. Indeed, let us fear and obey God, and endure sufferings for His sake, as this is the only way to have real joy and happiness in our lives. (1 Peter 3:8-22)

3.    House (128:3-6)
Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. (128:3)

God instructs His beloved people and precious saints to trust and obey Him, and He shall richly bless and keep our house, family, work and ministry, with true happiness and real joy. Let us commit our family, work and ministry to God, and pray that our wife is virtuous, our children are obedient, and our work and ministry are fruitful. (Proverbs 31:10-31) Let us therefore lead our house well for God’s glory and honour. (1 Timothy 3)   

Prayer of the Day:

Dearest God, please help me to fear You to have true happiness and real joy in You.

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Saturday, September 19 2020

Psalm 125 & 126: The Tears

Verse of the Day: (126:5) They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

1.    The Trust (125:1-5)
They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. (125:1)

We are forever God’s beloved children and precious saints when we believe in and receive Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, as our personal Saviour and Lord. Once God saved us, we are saved forever, and nothing, not even this deadly and dangerous pandemic Covid 19, or even death, can separate us from His love for us. (Romans 8) Indeed, God’s salvation is unshakeable and unmoveable as mount Zion, and the mountains of the world. However, God shall judge and punish the wicked who refuse to believe in Him, and He shall blot them out of the book of life casting them into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11-15) Let us trust our God, and endure all crises and challenges, and He shall bless and reward us granting us peace now and forever. (1 Timothy 4:10)

2.    The Tongue (126:1-4)
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. (126:2)

God commands Israel and all who believe and trust in Him to repent of our sins, and turn to Him with our mouths filling with laughter, and our tongues with singing, knowing that He has saved our souls from fiery hell, and one day, He shall promote us to pearly heaven. Indeed, let us sing with our tongues to our awesome God and Saviour for all the great and mighty things He has done in our lives, especially our precious salvation. (Revelation 7)

3.    The Tears (126:5-6)
He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. (126:6)

God reminds His children that all our tears and toils for His marvellous works in winning the lost souls to His eternal kingdom shall never be in vain, because He shall richly reward and bless us in His glorious heaven. What a day it shall be when we get to God’s home, where we finally meet the Lord Jesus Christ, the Alpha and Omega, the Lamb, our Saviour, face to face, and all the faithful saints of the Old Testament, the likes of Adam, Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Ruth, David, Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Job, Jonah, Malachi, and all the beloved saints of the New Testament, the likes of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, James, Peter, Jude, as well as all our precious loved ones who had gone ahead of us. Indeed, our perfect God shall finally wipe away all tears from our perfect eyes, and there shall be no more death, sorrow, crying or pain in heaven as He is with us for all eternity. (Revelation 21-22)  

Prayer of the Day:

Dearest God, thank You that there shall be no more tears when I see You in heaven.

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Thursday, September 17 2020

Psalm 123 & 124: The Soul

Verse of the Day: (124:4) Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul:

1.   The Servant (123:1-4)
Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us. (123:2)

Let us turn our eyes upon God, who creates heavens, the earth and every living creature, as He is our Master and Creator, and we are His servants. Our God shall provide all our needs and fulfil all our desires as we trust Him. Our master or employer on earth may not be perfect but our God is definitely perfect. Let us turn our eyes to Jesus Christ, the perfect Servant, who left the splendour of heaven, where God, His Master, and Him dwell in, and took upon Himself the form of a servant, and humbled Himself in obedience to the death of the cross, the most humiliating way of death, not for His own sins, but for the sins of the whole world. By Jesus’ death, He accomplished His Master’s perfect will. Whoever therefore receives Jesus as his personal Saviour, shall never perish in hell, but have everlasting life with Him in heaven. Let us turn our eyes and wait upon our Master, and His abundant mercy and love shall be upon us now and forever. (Philippians 2:5-11)

2.   The Soul (124:1-5)
Then the proud waters had gone over our soul. (124:5)

At the peak of his reign, King David of Israel, sinned against his holy God and Master, when he committed adultery and murder. Pride took over David’s heart as he succumbed to the lusts of his eyes and flesh and pride of life. God then humbled and chastised David that he truly repented of his wretched soul of proud waters. (2 Samuel 11-12) Indeed, like God delivered Israel from the proud waters of the mighty and overwhelming Red sea and River Jordan, He shall also deliver our souls from the proud waters of the devil’s hell. (Isaiah 43:1-3) Let us truly guard our souls that they are filled with God’s love and humility, as what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his precious soul to the devil, and be forever cast together with him in fiery hell. (Matthew 16:24-28)

3.   The Snare (124:6-9)
Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped. (124:7)

Though God loves and saves us yet we are still struggling with this life of toils and snares, because the devil is out to destroy God’s perfect plan and precious people. The devil will do all he can in his wiles and deceits to ensnare our souls to sin and rebel against God. Let us therefore follow God and His righteousness, faith, love and peace, and He shall surely deliver and help us escape the devil’s evil snare and deception. (2 Timothy 2:22-26)

Prayer of the Day:

Dearest God, thank You for saving my soul from hell to Your heaven as I trust You.

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Tuesday, September 15 2020

Psalm 121 & 122: God’s Peace

Verse of the Day: (122:6) Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

1.   God’s Preservation (121:1-8)
The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. (121:8)

God encourages His people who trust in Him to seek His help amid all our trouble including this unprecedented pandemic Covid 19 that has taken thousands of precious lives. Our God never slumbers or sleeps as He is the Almighty Creator of heaven and earth and all living things, and He can do anything including the impossible. Let us thus trust God and seek Him in prayer, and He shall preserve us from all evils, and one day, He shall gloriously promote our souls to His heavenly kingdom forever. (2 Timothy 4:18)

2.   God’s Peace (122:1-6)
Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD. (122:4)

David, a man after God’s heart, was glad every time he went to God’s house to worship Him in spirit and truth. (Acts 13:22) Though Jerusalem, the city of Israel, never really had perfect peace, yet one day, they shall have perfect peace when the Lord Jesus Christ shall return to reign during the time of the Millennium, which is after the Rapture (any time now when all Christians shall be caught up to be with Christ forever) (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) and the 7 years of Great Tribulation. (Daniel 9:24-27) Today, though we may not have perfect peace, yet let us trust and thank God, and His perfect peace shall indwell in our hearts amid tribulation including Covid 19. (John 16:31-33)  

3.   God’s Prosperity (122:7-9)
Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. (122:7)

As King David relentlessly and passionately pursued after his God and His Word, God richly prospered and enriched him with both material and spiritual blessings. David became the most powerful king of all the kings of the world. He ruled and reigned with love and wisdom as God was with him. David desired in his heart to build God’s majestic house but God told him that Solomon, his son and successor, shall build His house, because David was a man of war, and had shed much blood from the battles he had fought against his enemies. (1 Chronicles 28) Indeed, God prospered David, as the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Messiah, the Saviour of the world, eventually came from his tribe, Judah, thus fulfilling the earliest and greatest prophesy of all time. (Genesis 49:8-12) Let us therefore seek God and His righteousness, and faithfully and generously give our time, talents, tithes, treasures, and lives to Him, and He shall prosper and enrich us both materially and spiritually now and forever. (1 Corinthians 16:1-2)

Prayer of the Day:

Dearest God, please grant me Your perfect peace amid this pandemic Covid 19.

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Saturday, September 12 2020

Psalm 119 & 120: God’s Word

Verse of the Day: (119:11) Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

1.    God’s Word (119:1-26)
Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. (119:17)

God commands Israel and all who believe in Him today to hide and keep His holy Word in our hearts so that we will not sin against Him. God promises us that He shall bless us when we obey His commandments, and punish us when we disobey Him. This is God’s sowing and reaping principle since the day He created the first couple, Adam and Eve. (Genesis 3) Indeed, God’s Word is living, power and sharper than any two-edged sword that will pierce the souls and hearts of men to reveal who we really are. Let us therefore truly believe in God and His Word, and trust and obey Him now and forever. (Hebrews 4)

2.    God’s Works (119:27-176)
Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works. (119:27)

God encourages Israel and all who believe in Him today to talk of His wondrous and marvellous works that He has performed for, in, with and through us, especially the precious salvation of our souls that we have a heaven to gain and a hell to shun. Let us obey God’s Word by studying, meditating, memorising and applying it into our lives, as it is like a lamp to our feet and a light to our path, so that we shall continue to shine, even in the darkest hour of our lives. God and His Word is our hiding place and shield, and let us believe and hope in Him amid hopelessness and helplessness. Let us love God and His Word above everything, including precious gold and silver, and fame and fortune. Let us keep sharing God’s most important word and work, that whoever shall truly call on the name of the Lord Jesus, and believe in his heart, that God had raised Him from the dead shall be saved forever. Indeed, God’s Word is settled and sure in heaven forever. (Acts 2)

3.    God’s War (120:1-7)
I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war. (120:7)

God sent His only Son, Jesus, from the splendour of heaven to lowly earth as the Saviour of the world, to die for the sins of men, making peace and reconciliation with men. Whoever therefore truly believes in Jesus shall never perish in hell, but have everlasting life with Him in heaven. However, one day, Jesus shall come again from heaven, but this time, He shall come as the KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS, to judge and wage the final war, known as the battle of Armageddon, against the devil and the wicked who reject and rebel against Him. Jesus shall then have the final and ultimate victory over the devil and the wicked, casting them into the lake of fire to be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Indeed, let us trust and obey God and His Word. (Revelation 19-20)

Prayer of the Day:

Dearest God, please help me to hide Your Word in my heart so that I will obey You.

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