THE VOICE OF THE LORD – Fri, Dec 21, 2018

Psalm 29:3-5 KJV

The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the Lord is upon many waters.

[4] The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

[5] The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars; yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.

I checked the definition of the word “voice” this morning and found about 11 different meanings from the WordNet Dictionary. One caught my attention:

An advocate who represents someone else’s policy or purpose; for example: “the meeting was attended by voices for all the major organs of government.”
This reminded me of my days as a social worker in an NGO that gave a voice to the marginalized in society.

David focuses Psalm 29 on the VOICE OF THE LORD. He lists a few of the powerful effects of the VOICE on nature and the elements. If His VOICE can move the uncontrollable, then you can guess what it can do for you.

I pray the VOICE of the Lord will come through for you in these hard times. May that VOICE open and secure opportunities for growth and re-establish your glory to rightful place. May His VOICE speak on your behalf.

Have a blessed day.
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ENEMY-INDUCED PRAYERS – Wed, Dec 19, 2018

Psalm 27:9,11 KJV

Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

[11] Teach me thy way, O Lord , and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

Should you be asked to put out a list of your enemies, who would make this list? 😊

Whoever they are, I’m sure a good number of us won’t have very physically lethal enemies haunting or trailing us all day. The kind we are faced with are still those who make us feel a bit uneasy or have trouble with work, family and business, nothing close to the assassins we watch in movies.

However these were the kind that David was exposed to. He didn’t even know who was snitching on him in his camp. He moved from one cave to the other just to avoid the radar of his assailants… So these words in Psalm 27 meant a lot to David. They flowed from the deep recesses of his heart.

Prayers poured out from the heart are deeply expressive and make waves in heaven, scripture has revealed. If Hannah and Esther’s petition were heard, so would ours in time of distress. Heaven is still waiting to hear your cries.

Have a blessed day.
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STAY AWAY – Wed, Dec 18, 2018

Psalm 26:4-5 KJV

I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.

[5] I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.

A friend told me just a few weeks ago, how careful she was in choosing her friends. She was actually justifying why she had just a few friends but I had a whole bunch of them. It was a fun discussion though.

Days later, I got myself thinking a lot about this conversation. I realized that I had not been too circumspect in sanctioning those who walked into my life, most probably because of my temperament.

David makes a strong point in this Psalm. He won’t be found in “the congregation of evil doers, nor sit with the wicked.” He certainly meant something deeper than the surface meaning of those words considering what he himself did with Uriah later.

Clearly, David is pushing you and I to desire clean hearts and to entertain the company of such that clean intentions. Groups whose agenda are to bring others down are not clean enough for you and I, I pray for grace to stay away!

Have a blessed day.
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SIMPLY DESIRE – Tue, Dec 11, 2018

Psalm 19:7-8 KJV

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

[8] The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Of what use is giving something to someone if they are not able to benefit from it or apply it to their lives? Like giving cash to your cat because you love this pet so much!

King David knew of many laws that man had crafted to guide society, yet he could testify that the Law of the Lord “out-benefited” those of his time. He went to list a few:

The Law of the Lord
1. Converts the soul
2. Makes the simple wise
3. Gladdens the heart, for they are sure words.
4. Enlightens the soul
5. Is everlasting; doesn’t lose its relevance time after time

I’m sure David could have gone on and on, but he would conclude by saying “the words of the Lord are more to be desired than gold, yea fine gold.”
In a generation that is indifferent to the Word of the Lord, I pray for His Grace upon you to DESIRE His Word. Desire His Word… Desire it daily.

Have a blessed day.
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UNDENIABLY GOD – Thu, Dec 06, 2018

Psalm 14:1 KJV

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

Whenever I hear or read this very popular verse in scripture, that has also become a cliché, the first thing that comes to mind is Charles Darwin and his Evolution Theory, via a process he called Natural Selection.

Darwin wasn’t in a rush to publish most of his works at the early stages not just because he didn’t have very concrete evidence, but also because he came from a very Christian community, a thing his work would defy extensively. He admitted there were a lot of missing links which time wouldn’t allow us to go into.

Yet in all of his work Darwin never really doubted the existence of God. The fact that we are unable to figure out to the minutest detail of his creation doesn’t whitewash his existence. This is possibly one of the thoughts King David sought to communicate by this verse (Ps 14:1).

Enlightenment should not deny us the privilege of acknowledging God for what He is. On the contrary it should reinforce our faith and help appreciate the depths of His nature and wisdom. God is God, a finite mind cannot fully comprehend an infinite being.

Have a blessed day.
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HOW LONG? – Wed, Dec 05, 2018

Psalm 13:1-2 KJV

How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord ? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?

[2] How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?

Just yesterday, I had a brief conversation with a friend and she openly confessed that she thought sometimes God waits for too long to intervene in our lives.

In fact, almost every believer will testify to this and immediately agree that at some point in their lives when they thought God should have stepped in, He dragged His feet.
Well, the truth in that some of the patriarchs felt this too. Abraham, the faith institution himself, waited for 25years to see his promise materialize.

David, at the point he wrote this Psalm, also felt same. He wouldn’t understand why God was too slow to act. He was distressed daily.
So how long is long enough? This is the multi-million question. How long?

Time actually exists in God and not the other way round. Because man (not God) is bound by time, the need to operate within its limits usually largely overwhelms him. Though extremely hard, we need to trust and believe that He makes all things beautiful in His time (Eccl 3:11) because He is our ever-present help in time of need (Heb 4:16). Help WILL come!

Have a blessed day.
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HELPER OF THE OPPRESSED – Tue, Dec 04, 2018

Psalm 12:5 KJV

For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord ; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.

Back in the days, GTV showed the Series of a young Japanese girl called Oshin. In almost every episode, this little Jap went through very tough times, as if she was the problem with the world. She faced much hostility and resentment from almost everyone around her.

Yet, by some divine hand, things would turn out for good for her in the end.
All throughout scripture, God has a soft spot for a certain classes of people: orphans, widows, the oppressed and strangers.

According to David in today’s Psalm, “Thus saith the Lord, I will arise for the oppression of the poor and the sighing of the needy.”
So for people in such positions, even before they cry out to God, He’s already set out to deliver them, and act on their behalf.

Not all who are oppressed end up well like Oshin. One thing that is certain is that, God saw everything and will recompense in due time. Be careful how you treat others, you may just be setting yourself up for something bigger than you can handle.

Have a blessed day.
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