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India goes on to trouble with coronavirus with over 107 positive 7 coronavirus cases and 2 deaths thus far. The government has declared the coronavirus outburst as a gave word shocking event. The move would give power to the states to use up a chief thick bit of funds from the State shocking event move Fund to fight the pandemic 21. The inside middle has also crossed out one making a journey for pleasure visas. Several states have shut down schools, colleges, motion picture great public room, and getting things at store building specially made for stores to put a stop to the put out on top of coronavirus.

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The whole world is struggling with ways and means to contain and cure coronavirus, Indian doctors have succeeded in curing coronavirus (CONVID-19) patients with a mix of HIV, swine flu, and Malaria drugs. This combination was used for the first time to treat the coronavirus disease in the middle of more and more cases growing in India.

How Was the Patient Cured?
The patient came to India withal with her husband as part of a 23-member Italian group to visit major tourist destinations in Rajasthan. Her 69 year-old husband was the first in the group to be diagnosed with coronavirus. Without tests on 03 March, the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, confirmed him as a Covid-19 case. The next day, his wife moreover tested positive for Covid-19.

Doctors at Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Hospital, Jaipur first treated her with a combination of two drugs useful in HIV treatment– Lopinavir 200mg and Ritonavir 50mg twice a day. Before the use of these second-line HIV drugs on the patients, the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) on the request of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) permitted the “restricted” use of the mix of medications lopinavir and ritonavir. The doctors moreover gave her chloroquine (useful in the treatment of malaria) and oseltamivir (useful in swine flu treatment).

Talking to local media SMS medical higher principal and controller Dr. Sudhir Bhandari said: “We provided her treatment pursuit standard protocol and now she has tested negative for the disease, which is a major victory for SMS Hospital doctors.” Bhandari said that they decided to supervise the combination of lopinavir and ritonavir without the Italian man and his wife ripened severe respiratory problems. The Italian patients were admitted on the February 28. Without over two weeks of treatment, the Italian woman has once tested negative for coronaviru and her 69-year-old husband — a senior resider with a history of lung disease and breathlessness — has “responded very well” to the treatment.

Experience Treating Swine Flu Comes in Handy
Doctors at the hospital said that their wits in treating swine flu patients — which spread widely in Rajasthan two years ago — was quite useful in treating the Italian couple. Swine flu is a similar pulmonary pneumonia disease. As they were enlightened of viral pneumonia behavior, they decided to treat the patients with a combination of swine flu, anti-malarial, and HIV drugs.

The doctors have updated the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) well-nigh their success. ICMR is the premier soul in India for the formulation, coordination, and promotion of biomedical research. However, increasingly trials are required to scientifically establish this prescription as a line of treatment for coronavirus.

Indian Ayurveda Medicine
Amid the Corona gloom, Indian Ayurveda experts have stated that regular consumption of Ayurvedic herbs strengthens the human body’s immune system, the vital requirement to help prevent plane the most dreaded vitiating diseases. They have stressed that neem (Azadirachta Indica), Amalaki or amla (Emblica Officinalis), kutki (Picrorhiza Kurroa), guduchi/glioy (Tinospora Cordifolia), and tulsi (basil) are some of the Ayurvedic herbs that are helpful in towers immunity in human soul and preventing the infection.

They have reiterated that these are helpful in strengthening the immune system, which is key to fighting the mortiferous virus. Coronavirus affects the lungs and the respiratory system. “Consuming a tablespoonful of Chywanprash daily strengthens the immunity, specifically that of lungs and the respiratory system,” Partap Chauhan, Director, Jiva Ayurveda, told IANS.

Nonetheless, India continues to struggle with coronavirus, with over 107 positive coronavirus cases and two deaths thus far. The government has supposed the coronavirus outbreak as a “notified disaster”. The move would enable the states to spend a major permafrost of funds from the State Disaster Response Fund to fight the pandemic. The part-way has moreover canceled tourist visas. Several states have sealed lanugo schools, colleges, movie halls, and shopping malls to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/city-docs-cure-corona-patient-with-hiv-drugs/articleshow/74584859.cms 

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 21:39

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Praise the Lord From the Heavens!
PSALM 148

Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights!
Psalm 148:1


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Praise Him, all His angels;
Praise Him, all His hosts!
Praise the LORD from the earth, Sea monsters and all deeps;
Praise Him, highest heavens,
And the waters that are above the heavens!
Let them praise the name of the LORD,
For He commanded and they were created.
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This is a small psalm. The word praise is used thirteen times in these fourteen verses. The psalm begins in the highest heavens and ends with the little nation of Israel. If any psalm reveals the glory and grandeur of the worship of the Lord, it is this one, for it is cosmic in its dimensions and yet very personal in its intentions. 

Unlike most other religions, we do not praise a limited validity god who was manufactured on earth; we praise the One True and Living God who reigns from the highest heavens, THE GOD WHO CREATED ALL THINGS. Solomon was right when he said, Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. (1 Kings 8:27) 



CARE for God's Creation

When I was a little boy, Summer time was great fun in Bangalore. I used to hurriedly cycle with my friends to a huge swimming pool and dive into the crowded waters. That's chlorinated city waters we weren't very proud of to brag, but was good enough to have fun.

When I used to visit my native place in Kerala, the story was a little different. We were right on the banks of a big river. It was open anytime. There were far fewer friends to go swimming in the wide River. Yet, we have loved to go there, because the waters were clean, serene, filled with small fish, and surrounded by swaying trees and bamboo plants. There were none to photograph us, and we had total privacy. We would scream out so loud, it was magical to hear our own voice echo back after a few seconds. If we had drowned, there were none to save us; no lifeguards. God was our lifeguard. In the initial days of swimming against the current, I have gulped in the waters by the litres, which tasted very sweet.

The situation is very different now. After decades of sand mining, erosion of the beautiful banks and the River being highly polluted through release of harmful chemicals and harsh soap water into it, it's waters are no more safe or fit for human consumption without processing. The waters are filled with e.coli bacteria, causing death to many bird and fish species that depend on it, and causes diseases to our bodies when consumed, and allergies to our skins if touched. In a span of a few decades, being selfish and uncaring for others, we were successful in destroying the once-beautiful River that ran peacefully and unscathed for centuries. Things are changing for the better after intense activism by few good people.

Psalm 148 calls on all of creation to praise God. By caring for God's creation, we can respond to God and the needs of others. When we care for others, we are actually praising God for what He has created for us. We can work to keep water clean for safe drinking and for protection of rivers and sea life. Every creature in the wild has the right to live.

We can educate ourselves and others about the effects of uncontrolled pollution on animal habitats and nesting sites. We can protect endangered species and reduce our energy use and carbon emissions. All are ways we can fulfil our call to care for God's creation. Let me know privately what methods you would use.

Psalm 148 asks us to complete a cycle — God creates, and we "co-create," acting as caretakers for the good of the earth. That is often called stewardship or taking ownership. Stewardship is taking care of something that's been entrusted to us, in a positive way. We must care for the environment we are living in. A week ago, an 80-year-old uncle of mine in a village refused to burn a 5-feet mount of swept-away leaves saying it causes damage to the environment. He left it as is to degenerate naturally. I felt amazement at his care, concern and awareness. Do we throw away small plastic wrappers just like that into the open? 

Our time on earth is short. So we have a moral responsibility to take care of it for future generations. Indeed, God demands that we be good stewards of all that God has blessed us with, so that all people can share in the overwhelming goodness of God's creation. When we have a balance in nature, together with all birds and fish and stars and the moon, we have reasons to together praise God Almighty for all the wonders of His Creation! If you agree, say AMEN silently. 

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All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voice and with us sing
alleluia, alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
thou silver moon with softer gleam,
O praise him, O praise him,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
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Be Blessed!

- Bob, Bangalore! 

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[9:18 pm, 07/03/2020] Leenu Binny: MORNING RENDEZVOUS
PSALMS 146-150
WHILE I live I will praise the Lord ,I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
All these psalms start with the phrase,PRAISE THE LORD!!
To praise God for His creation ,His wonderful works,even the Creation like Sun ,moon stars ,sea creatures has to praise him.The whole creation has to Praise God!!
It reminds me of the song ,
I want to Praise You God....
Birds in the sky sing their songs to You....
Trees in the fields lift their arms to You......

HOW ?WHEN ?WHERE ?has been already shared by Sister Jooley in her insight today.

In one of the insights previously one of the sisters had shared about benefits of a Quiet Time with God.
Thanks to UESI which taught me on the same lines of the importance of Quiet Time
I accepted the Lord in my college days in an EU camp ,where we were taught to have a special time with God.I took up this habit ,early morning would walk up to the terrace ,sit in a quiet place among my plants and first start by praising and thanking God looking at the sky, clouds,the birds,the trees and plants around.That was my regular practice as a student but as a mother when I had to shoulder responsibilities I slacked in this sphere ,priorities changed but thanks to 240Days Bible Reading since the 120days schedule I have renewed my touch with God and reading His Word firmly.
As soon as I posted the morning reminder today morning ,I recollected these psalms and relived my college days ,I walked down to my gate stood there and looked at the sky and praised God for each and everything He has created , even I stood and praised and thanked God for each and every neighbour by name(7 families in all in a gated community),which I have never done earlier, It would just be a bland prayer without any feelings I would ask Him to bless them.This little deed this morning made my day ,when I could share about the 240Days Bible Reading to a non- christian colleauge of mine as to what we do and why we do it.

A friend of mine Beena Roy who also is in this Bible reading group who walks a real walk of faith begins her day by putting on worship songs loud so that the spirit of worship and praise reverberates on throughout the day .Thanks to her I could imbibe this trait of hers too.Both husband and wife drive through villages stop by praise and pray with burden for the villages ,it was also a wonderful experience when I could accompany them on such a trip on a holiday.
Our God is worthy of all Glory,Honour and Praise.
As long as we live only we can praise Him.
For in Psalms 6:5 it is written:
For in death there is no remembrance of You,in the grave who will give You thanks?
So as long as we live ,let us PRAISE THE LORD !!!

THE BOOK OF
PSALMS ENDS SO WELL WITH THIS VERSE:
LET EVEYTHING THAT HAS BREATH,PRAISE THE LORD,PRAISE THE LORD!
PSALMS 150:6
As shared earlier the breath that we breathe is God's breath ,so should it not praise God as long as it breathes❓
HOW DO WE OFFER OUR LIFE TO GOD AS AN OFFERING OF PRAISE WORTHY AND ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT OR ❓
I shared this for the Glory of God .
Amen
Suneeta.


Psalm 141

Once again the Psalmist is crying out to God in prayer and pleading with the Lord to keep him from speaking what he should not in the presence of the wicked, vs 1-3. He also asks God to consider his uplifted hands as the evening sacrifice, which depicts the surrender of his case into the hands of a righteous God, vs 2. Further he pleads with God to keep his heart from entertaining evil and so returning evil for evil to men who practice evil and feast on the same as though they were some type of delicacies, vs 4! However, he welcomes the rebuke of the righteous, for he considers it to be an act of gracious love and anointing oil upon his head, vs 5; even though he is still determined to pray vehemently against the evil activities of the wicked, and is assured that when their evil judges are removed out of the way, by his prayers, the rest of the people will see sense in what he was standing for all this while, vs 6. Even when the wicked vehemently pursue him, vs 7, he is determined to remain focused and keep his eyes on the Lord, seeking the Lord's protection and deliverance alone, vs 8, 9; while praying that the wicked to fall into their own nets, vs 10.
We can clearly see from this Psalm, the intense battle that the Psalmist is engaged in, primarily in prayer, and seemingly, over a long period of time! And while it seems that the Lord is silent, yet, His Word assures us that after a period of testing, (which comes just to check whether we will stick to obedience to His Word, no matter how sorely we may be tempted to do otherwise), a period of great increase, stability and blessing is sure to follow, James 1:2-4! So, if we are walking through the valley of affliction, let us not grow weary in well doing, by His grace, for then we can be assured that He will definitely come and make all things beautiful in His time, 2 Chronicles 16:9.

Psalm 142

This Psalm was written when David was hiding in a cave, most probably, while fleeing from king Saul. David was overwhelmed with grief to be hunted down to this extent for no fault of his! What could he do, when (on being unable to retaliate for conscience' sake), defending himself from his oppressor became his only option? Yes, he could do just one more thing, which was the best option, under the given circumstances, and that being to cry out to the Lord by making specific supplication and complaint unto the Lord concerning his predicament, vs 1,2,5. He was confident that God knew all about his condition, vs 3. He also felt completely abandoned by the arm of flesh, vs4! All he asked the Lord to do was to attend to his cry and to deliver his imprisoned soul from his persecutors, whom were stronger than him, for he was brought very low, vs 6. He reasoned that, as God dealt bountifully with him by delivering him, he would have reason to praise the Lord and be surrounded by the righteous in the land, vs 7. If we find ourselves in a similar predicament, then this Psalm instructs us to do as David did and keep trusting in the Lord alone with all our hearts, instead of leaning on our own understanding and returning evil for evil! And, although it make take some time for the Lord's best plan to come to pass, yet it will be the very best that we could have ever asked for, and so, will surely be worth the wait! But, in the meantime, the just shall live by his faith, Habakkuk 2:2-4, while the soul which is proud will be disheartened when God does not answer him in a hurry!

Psalm 143

As David calls on the Name of the Lord in this Psalm, he does not expect God to help him while he is unrighteous, vs 1. Further, he does not even claim to be perfect or sinless, vs 2. All he is asking God for is deliverance from his enemy who has persecuted his soul and left him spiritually dead, vs 3! Therefore, he remains overwhelmed and desolate, vs 4! At times he remembers the days of old, (perhaps the time he slew Goliath), and meditates on all the works of the Lord's hands, vs 5. This gives him a desperate thirst to see God's hands move on his behalf again, vs 6. He pleads with God to answer Him speedily, lest he die in such a hopeless condition, vs 7! He longs to be revived by God's lovingkindness in the morning, and seeks to know the way in which he should walk, vs 8. Besides asking the Lord to deliver him, he also asks God to teach him how to do God's will, so that he may walk in uprightness, vs 9. And, if not for anything else, he asks God to revive him, and bring his soul out of trouble for the sake of the Lord's righteous Name, vs 10! From this Psalm we learn how to hold on to God even I times of deepest darkness and keep doing what is right in God's sight. For, the Lord is near the brokenhearted and well able to deliver us from all our troubles, if we would only wait patiently, in repentance and faith, for His perfect timing!

Psalm 144

In this beautiful Psalm, King David tells us how we can be truly prosperous. He says that this happens when we make the Lord our strength and the one who teaches our hands to war and fingers to fight, vs 1. It is when we see the Lord as one who does us only good, and one who is our fortress; our high tower, and our deliverer; our shield, and the one in whom we trust; that He will subdue the people who come against us, vs 2. Very simply put, it means that as we walk in obedience to the Lord's Word, it is He who fights our battles and subdues those who come against us. And yes, inspite of the fact that we are mere human beings, who are here today and gone tomorrow, yet God will come down from heaven to do miraculous wonders on our behalf inorder to scatter our enemies and put them to flight, vs 3-6. By His mighty right hand, He will deliver us out of great waters and from a strange people who war against us by speaking arrogantly and in whose right hand is falsehood and deceit, vs 7-8, 11. And as God delivers us from these people who wield a hurtful sword, with their false and arrogant tongue, vs 10, we will rejoice with song unto the Lord and praise Him joyfully with psaltery and harp, vs 9. It is then that our sons will be as plants grown up in their youth and our daughters will be as cornerstones, polished after the similitude of a palace, vs 12.
All our granaries will be full, affording all manner of store and our sheep will bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets, vs 13. Further, even our oxen will be strong to labour and there will be no loss of their young ones such that there will be no complaining in our streets on account of any scarcity, vs 14. And we will be one happy lot of people, because we belong to and revere a great an awesome God as ours, vs 15!

Psalm 145

In this Psalm we can sight the reason for David's success inspite of the many years of crushing that he endured. To begin with, on the one hand, although he was honest about his feelings towards his oppressors, he always sought to leave their judgment in God's hands. While on the other hand, he never failed to praise God for who God was to him and for all the great things that God had done for him, even while he was being sorely tested, vs 1,2,3,5-7. In this manner, he believes that one generation should praise God's works to another, so that the Lord's mighty acts will be declared from generation to generation, vs 4, 10-13. The song of praise that they will proclaim will be that, 'The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all his works', vs 8,9. The marvelous acts of the Lord are also seen when God upholds those that fall and raises those that are bowed down, vs 14, and, provides food and other desires in due season, for all those who wait upon Him, vs 15, 16. Besides this, He is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works and is nigh unto all those that call upon Him in truth, vs 17,18. He will preserve all those who love Him, fulfill the desire of all who fear Him, vs 19,20. However, the wicked He will ultimately destroy, vs 20! For all these marvels, the Psalmist David, is determined to speak the praise of the Lord with His mouth and exhorts all flesh to bless the Holy Name of the Lord forever and ever, vs 21. This Psalm gives us a gist of the numerous things that we can praise God for even while passing through difficult times, and as a result, we will experience amazing transformation in our lives and circumstances and ministries as well.

Psalm 146

What a beautiful Psalm! The Psalmist once again finds reason to praise God and put his trust in Him alone. And, he is determined to praise the Lord for as long as he lives, no matter what he has to face throughout his lifetime, vs 1,2! He has also learnt another important thing in life viz. that we should not put our trust in princes or other human beings who have no power in themselves to deliver us in our time of need and on a consistent basis, vs 3. This is because once they die and return to the ground, their plans die too and so does their power, vs 4. On the other hand, he tells us how blessed the one whose helper is the God of Jacob and whose hope is in the Lord his God is, vs 5. For He is the one who made the heavens and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and so, is our Creator and source who remains faithful forever, vs 6! It is He who vindicates the oppressed, gives food to the hungry and releases the imprisoned, vs 7. It is He who gives sight to the blind, lifts up all who are depressed and loves the godly, vs 8. It is He who protects those residing outside their native land; lifts up the fatherless and the widow, but also opposes the wicked, vs 9.
Moreover, he rules forever and throughout the generations to come, vs 10.
Nevertheless, we can only truly trust in Him if we have known Him personally as our Savior and Lord, and choose to walk consistently in obedience to His commandments as specified in His Word. For it is only then that we will have knowledge of His unchanging character, which is both love and light. Infact, Jeremiah 17:5 tells us that God will put a curse on people who trust in mere human beings, and who depend on mere flesh and blood, and whose hearts have turned away from Him. If we have done so, let us repent before the Lord wholeheartedly for complaining about people who don't help us, but rather give our praise and trust to the only one who is worthy of the same for He has promised to never leave or forsake us, Hebrews 13:5,6; and every one of God's promises are 'Yes' in Christ Jesus, even as we say our 'Amen' to them , 2 Corinthians 1:20, knowing full well that it is impossible for God to lie, Hebrews 6:18!

Psalm 147

This Psalm lists some more reasons that God's people need to praise Him for, accompanied by musical instruments as well, vs 1,7 He is able to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and bring back the physical and spiritual exiles of Israel, vs 2. He is able to heal the brokenhearted, and bandage their wounds, lift the oppressed and knock down the wicked, vs 3,6. He is able to count the number of stars and name all of them, vs 4. He is great, has awesome power and limitless wisdom, vs 5. He covers the sky with clouds, provides the earth with rain, and causes grass to grow on the hillsides, giving food to the animals, and to the young ravens when they chirp, vs 8,9. He is not impressed by the strength of the horse nor the warrior's strong legs, vs 10, but takes delight in His faithful followers, who fear him and wait for His mercy, vs 11. Besides this Jerusalem and Zion need to praise Him for protecting their gates and blessing their children, vs 12,13; as well as bringing peace to their territory and providing them with the best of grain, vs 14. His commands given through the earth, swiftly reach their destination, vs 15, making even the cold winds, which are sent as snow, frost or hailstones, to melt at His command and flow as water when He breathes over them, vs 16-18. It is this same God that proclaims His Word to Jacob and statutes and judgments to Israel, vs 19. He has done this for no other Nation, vs 20. So, He is worthy of their praise!

Psalm 148

This Psalm gives 3 reasons for which we ought to praise God. The first being that God is the Creator of all, vs 5; having established His Creation with a decree which shall not pass away, vs 6. The second reason is that His name alone is excellent and His glory is above the earth and heaven, vs 13. And the third reason given is that He has raised up a source of strength for His people and has made them victorious, vs 14! Now among all of His creation that is expected to praise Him from the heavens and in the heights vs 1, are included angels, heavenly hosts, vs 2; sun, moon and stars, vs 3; heavens of heavens and the waters above the heavens, vs 4. Those from the earth that are expected to praise Him include the dragons and the deep, vs 7, together with the fire, hail; snow, vapour; and stormy winds that fulfill His Word, vs 8; and the mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars, the beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and the flying fowl, vs 9,10, and the Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth, vs 11. Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children are also included in this list, vs 12. One would wonder how so many inanimate and lifeless objects could end up praising God! But, a deeper look into the same gives us another dimension of what praise really is! What we can learn from these objects, is that, obeying God by just doing what they have been called to do with satisfaction and joy, brings both beauty and harmony in Creation and is counted as praise that pleases God. Without such worship, all outward forms of praise will prove ritualistic, redundant and meaningless. So, keeping this in mind let us, like the Psalmist, exhort everything that has breathe to praise our God, and let us do the same ourselves, for His Name is above every other name and He is indeed worthy of our praise!

Psalm 149

This Psalm tell us about the different ways in which we can praise God. We can praise Him with a new song amongst the assembly of the godly, vs 1. We can praise Him by rejoicing in our Creator and delighting in our King, vs 2.
We can praise Him with dancing or with singing unto Him with the accompaniment of the tambourine and harp, vs 3. The oppressed praise Him because He has delighted in them and delivered them, vs 4, while the godly praise Him with shouts of joy on their beds for vindicating them, vs 5. Praise can also be used as a weapon of war when coupled with the Word of God, which is called a double-edged sword, vs 6 in that the Word convicts us first, to do away with our corrupt self-life, and then can be used together with praise that is based on the Word, in order to take revenge on the nations, to punish foreigners and bind their kings in chains and their nobles in iron shackles and execute judgment upon their enemies, all of whom are influenced by evil spirits and who refuse to repent, vs 7,8. And in this way God will vindicate and honour His loyal followers. For this God is worthy of our praise, vs 9!
So, praising God consistently, no matter what difficult circumstances we find ourselves in, coupled with obeying and confessing God's Word which is appropriate for that situation, forms a very important weapon which enables us to enthrone God in our difficult circumstances, and so unbinds His hands to work in our favour, because it expresses our faith in a faithful God and this pleases Him very much, Hebrews 11:6.

Psalm 150

This Psalm resonates the 'where, why, how and who' of praise!
Where should we praise God?
In His sanctuary and in the sky/heavens, (from a heavenly standpoint)/ together with His heavenly hosts who testify to His strength, vs 1.
Why should we praise Him?
We should praise Him for His mighty acts and for His surpassing greatness, vs 2.
How should we praise Him?
We should praise Him with the blast of the horn, with the lyre and the harp, with the tambourine and with dancing, with stringed instruments and the flute, with loud cymbals and clanging cymbals, vs 3-5.
Who should praise Him?
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord, vs 6!
Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, but does give us a good Idea of what praise looks like, as well as the emotions that are involved in praising God and the enthusiasm with which it should be entered into, coupled with our obedience, if our praise is expected to delight the heart of God and move His hands to work on our behalf! For without faith it is impossible to please God, Hebrews 11:6, and those who truly believe will inevitably praise God, before seeing the outcome of prayers answered, knowing full well that God's Word will never return to Him empty, without fulfilling what He sent it to accomplish, Isaiah 55:11!

Rowena Thomas
Mumbai, India.

Tuesday, 03 December 2019 11:54

The Lord keep everyone on the promises

The Promise Fulfilled

I am the Humble
▪West Manasseh A part of the land west of the Jordan was assigned to some of the families descended from Joseph's older son Manasseh. Machir, the father of Gilead, was Manasseh's oldest son and a military hero, so Gilead and Bashan, east of the Jordan, were assigned to him.

The Division of the Rest of the Land After they had conquered the land, the entire community of Israel assembled at Shiloh and set up the Tent of the LORD's presence.

There were still seven tribes of the people of Israel who had not yet been assigned their share of the land.

The land will be divided among them in seven parts; Judah will stay in its territory in the south, and Joseph in its territory in the north.

Joshua drew lots to consult the LORD for them, and assigned each of the remaining tribes of Israel a certain part of the land.

The Jordan was the eastern border. These were the borders of the land which the families of the tribe of Benjamin received as their possession.

Then the LORD told Joshua to say to the people of Israel, *Choose the cities of refuge that I had Moses tell you about. ⚖ If any of you accidentally kills someone, you can go there and escape the one who is looking for revenge. If the one looking for revenge follows you there, the people of the city must not hand you over to that one. They must protect you because you killed the person accidentally and not out of anger.

Thirteen cities in all, with their pasture lands, were given to the priests, the descendants of Aaron.

The Promise Fulfilled: So the LORD gave to Israel all the land that he had solemnly promised their ancestors he would give them. When they had taken possession of it, they settled down there.

The LORD gave them peace throughout the land, just as he had promised their ancestors. The LORD kept every one of the promises that he had made to the people of Israel 

"All glory and honour belongs to God alone"

Sudhir




Joshua 21:43-45:- “So the LORD gave Israel all the land which He had sworn to give to their fathers, ………………. Not one of the good promises which the LORD had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.” -

In the last 8 chapters, we were reading about how God promised inheritances to the people of Israel and how each tribe received that inheritance. God did what he said he was going to do long before any one of those who received the inheritances were born. Here, in the above verses, we learn 3 thing:
♦ God made promises to give!
♦ God gave everything Israel needed to settle in the land promised!
♦ God fulfilled ALL His promises..

So here we see the faithfulness of God. Not one good word of God failed. Many of us wonder if God’s promises are really true or not sure if God keeps His Word. God's word is trustworthy. His promises are true.

We need to trust that “God’s promises are true for us.”
Don’t let doubt keep us from experiencing His blessings.
God’s promises are nothing we deserve or can earn.

Move forward by faith, constantly trusting Him.
Be faithful and obedient;
He will keep every promise!

Jooley Mathew



Are you free from your enemies?

Joshua 21: 44 And the LORD gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand.

Rest also means peace.
Are you always wrestling with your enemies?
Rest doesn't mean living a trouble free life.
Rest means to overcome our enemies.
Who are our enemies?
Anger
Envy
Lust
Bad habits
Grudge
Pride
Fear


All these are our enemies. We should overcome them and enter into the eternal rest. Jesus said, come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden I will give you rest (Matt 11:28). Only in Jesus we can find rest.

Satan is restless and he wants everyone to be always in restlessness.
In hell day and night no rest
In heaven we have permanent rest.

We should practice rest on this earth. In the midst of troubles, problems difficulties and hardships we should maintain the life of rest. Rest also speaks of having confidence in God.

When the dove was sent from the Noah's ark. It did not find a place to rest. The ship speaks of salvation. We cannot find rest anywhere in the world.we can experience the real rest in our life only in the ship of salvation.

Stay blessed
Ravi Bharat



Tuesday, 18 February 2020 19:33

Psalms 141 to 150

PRAISE WARRIOR [Ps 141-150]

The Book of Psalms ends with triumphant hymns of praise which proclaim the majesty, authority, wisdom & power of God…

When I was young someone asked me - why does God want to be flattered? I didn't have an answer then... But God has shown me over the years that God does not need our flattery & fine words…

⚔ Praise is the weapon God has given US to use against the enemy.

Corrie Ten Boom (author of The Hiding Place) was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. She recalls that morning rollcalls were times of humiliation as they stood out in the freezing cold. But, exactly at the time of the rollcalls, a lark would fly overhead singing its heart out. And by focusing on that lark they could escape the horror of those moments.

In the midst of all the ugliness of evil we experience in the world, God has given HIMSELF to be the One we can focus on… we can turn away from the shadows that seek to swamp us… we can lift our eyes and gaze upon the beauty of His holiness…

In the midst of all the hatred in the world, His love shines pure & bright as the anchor for our soul...

 As we sing & think about who God is, satan & problems shrink in our eyes. God is magnified as we remember the Awesomeness of the Father who carries us, loves us, forgives us, trains us, guides us, provides, protects, heals... [Rf Ps 69:29-30]
 Praising God is way we re-align our hearts to God’s heart, rest in His arms, receive His Perfect Love which stirs faith, evicts fear, silences satan’s voice... It enables us to stand in confidence that God is WITH US & FOR US. [Rf 1 Jn 4:16-19, Ps 55-59, Rom 8:31-39]
? Praise prepares our hearts to catch the whispers of hope the Holy Spirit breathes into us. He reminds us of the Truths we need to apply in the situation… [Jn 14:26]
⚔ We praise, and He raises up HIS WORD as a two-edged sword through us to defeat our enemies… [Rf Ps 149:6-9, Rev 19:21]
 Praising God is the best anti-depressant & fret-buster in the world...

Abba Father, I don't want to be a prayer-wOrrier. I am so grateful that You do not shift or change... That You are the perfect focus point... Anoint me to be a praise-warrior. Be magnified in me and through me… In Jesus Name, I raise a hallelujah! Amen!

Alice D.


Psalms: 141-150

Simple thoughts for
 deeper meditation.

Psalm: 150: 1

" Praise the Lord. Praise God
in His sanctuary; Praise Him
in his mighty heavens"

This is the last of the
Psalms, shares the same
beginning and the same ending. We are exhorted to
praise God, and to praise Him in His sanctuary. Why
to praise Him there?
⚡ It is a place set apart for
His honour, where we have His presence. In the New Testament we realize that
sanctuary is not fixed to a
particular building. Jesus
serves His people in a sanctuary in heaven.
(Hebrews: 8:l-2) Jesus makes His sanctuary among
His people collectively.
( 2 Corin: 6:16 ) Jesus also
makes His sanctuary in the
individual believer.
( I Corin: 3:16) Ultimately
Jesus Himself will be the
sanctuary of God among His
people.( Revelation: 21:22 )
⚡ Why do we praise Him?
First, because of what God
does. He performs mighty
acts. Second, because of who God is. The Psalmist
praised Him for " His excellent greatness" ( V:2)
The all power creator is the
sustainer of the Universe.
The Psalmist also
wrote to praise Him with the
sounds of trumpet, Iute, and
harp, trimbel and dance,
stringed instruments and
flutes. Loud cymbals and
clashing cymbals.
⚡ The list of instruments
points that everything you
have can be used to worship
God. The broad list of
musical instruments tells us that God wants every class
and group of people to praise Him, because these
instruments were normally
played by different types of
people.ie, Priests, Levites,
men, women and children.
⚡ If you cannot sing loudly,
and the praise the God who
has redeemed you in Jesus, and preparing you for heaven, perhaps it is because you do not know
really who God is or the
Gospel at all.
" Let everything that has
breath, praise the Lord "
- This is a fitting conclusion
to this Psalm and to the entire book of Psalms.
Everything that breathes should give praise to the
One who gave it breath.
Every breath is the gift of
God and praise is the worthy
return we make for that gift.
Revelation: 5:13 says that this will happen." And every
creature which is in heaven and on earth and under the
earth and such as are in the
sea, and all that are in them,
I heard saying, "Blessing and
honour and glory and power
be to Him who sits on the
throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever"
Finish the Psalms with a
parise.

Dr. Thomas David.


 Psalm 143:7_8. Hear me speedilyvO lord my spirit faileth Hide not Thy face from me .....cause me to hear Thy loving kindness in the morning for in Thee do I trust Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk,for I lift up my soul unto Thee.
This is a beautiful prayer which we can ask God the way we should walk .We can be perplexed as to what we should do,and we wish todo what is right and we are not sure what is right .our soul is like a dead weight which cannot lift itself up.But we should ask God to impart His strength to lift us up.we should ask God to show us the way we should walk.We should ask God to quicken us according to His word.

God knows the way wherein we should walk .God leadeth the blind by the way that they know not and in the paths they have not .seen.we can have strength when we lean all our weight upon God .we can take rest from toil,rest from strain of poverty,strain of ambition,rest from adversity and strife when we submit ourselves to Jesus who bore our stripes and hung upon the tree to give us rest.we find joy ,peace and energy when we come into christ rest.

Let this be our prayer in our hour of perplexity to know His will.
Guide me,O thou Jehovah
Pilgrim thro this barren land
I am weak but Thou art strong
Hold me with Thy powerful hands

Cynthia Sathiaraj
Chennai
[9:17 pm, 07/03/2020] Leenu Binny: SHALOM  
Blessed to be a Blessing to the Blessed People 

 Psalm Chapter 146
The last five psalms ( 146--150 ) which is sometime called as "Hallelujah Psalms" , are devoted to PRAISING GOD 
They begins and ends with the phrase PRAISE THE LORD . They contain no word of petition or suggestion of personal need ; there is a minimum of historical allusion. All focuses upon God who alone is worthy is to be praised 

PRAISE THE LORD, O MY SOUL
Psalm 146 is an individual praise. The Psalmist knew whom he has to praise ( We must know whom we are serving and to whom we are praising and worshipping) and , thus , he expressed His Characters :
》 He is the God of Jacob ( v 5)
》 He is the Creator (v 6a)
》 He is faithful( v 6b)
》 He is the Protector , Provider and Promoter ( v 7-9)
》 He reigns forever(v 10)

 God's power characteristically operates in the three realms of
~ Social ( v 7 )
~ Personal ( v 8 )
~ Moral ( v 8b , 9 )

? The Psalmist , as if to clarify his own stand , begins by commanding his own soul to praise ( v 1). The issue is "If I do not praise , then the praise of God is incomplete".
? Then the Psalmist expresses his determination to praise the Lord for his entire life ( v 2 )

 -We often seek a holy place , a worshipping community or a spiritual environment in which to praise God on certain days and times. But the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob and the God of our life deserves our praise in all places and at all times 
 -Knowing God personally and intimately causes us to trust and praise Him better.

 Beloved, praising the Lord is easy when we are experiencing his blessings and presence in our life . But praise does not comes instantly in adverse situations. At such times , we need to command our soul to focus on the Lord and praise Him instead of being focused on ourselves and absorbed with our troubles 

"Praise the Lord, O my soul" !
May this be our goal,
In our pilgrimage 

GLORY TO GOD 
 Mark Boje, ArP 


EL-SHADDAI - THE LORD ALMIGHTY

Psalm 145

"He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit ..."

(Psalm 147:4, 5)

"He sends His command to the earth, His word runs swiftly.
He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes.
He hurls down His hail like pebbles. Who can withstand His icy blast? . ( Psalm 147:15-18)

In this Psalm David talks of the greatness of God
Through the simple, plain words of Scripture let us se withourspiritual eyes who God is... .
He is the Creator who is sovereign in His knowledge and in His purposes.
Isaiah 40:22 says,
 "He stretches the heavens like a canopy and spreads them like tent to live in.

He brings out the starry host one by one and calls them each by name. .

We all know that. our Solar System consists of our star, the Sun, and its orbiting planets (including Earth), along with numerous moons, asteroids, comet material, rocks, and dust.

Our Sun is just one star among the hundreds of billions of stars in our Milky Way Galaxy
.
The scientists have estimated that there are as many as 100 billion stars and even more

How astounding it is that the Lord calls each one of them by name!

We cannot comprehend with our human minds how great our God is!
He is infinite on wisdom.

Isaiah 40:12 says,

 "Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?"

These questions are called rhetorical questions.

These are used in Scripture in order to lead us to realize and accept the greatness of God emphatically, without giving room to any doubts.

In Job chapters 30-44 also, we find such questions which are closely parallel to what is asked here.

To these questions, our answer will be "No one but God."

These show us how mighty our God is.

 Certainly no man can count the millions of stars in the universe or

 measure millions of gallons of water that fill the seas of the whole earth by cupping it little by little in his hand, or

measure the entire universe with the breadth of his hand, from the end of the thumb to little finger

. Impossible, isn't it?

But God is Sovereign

He is Almighty.

He has full comprehension of His universe.

God's knowledge is innate whereas ours is acquired by learning, study and experience.

God knows the measure of every part of His creation.

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise. His greatness no one can fathom. (Psalm 145: 3).

Dear friends,

?when we know how great our God is, we will trust Him more and more.

?We will have the confidence that He who calls out even the stars by name knows each one of us by name
and cares for us more than He can for any other creatures.

?We will also realize that nothing-- absolutely nothing is impossible with Him.

He is almighty and all-powerful. Hallelujah!

Manjula Premraj
Chennai


 BRING MY SOUL OUT OF PRISON .

Psalm 142 : 1 - 7 . David is praying this prayer while he was hiding inside a cave . He says , that there was no man who cared for his soul . So he prayed to God , ' Lord , bring my soul out of prison, so that l may praise your name .' Today we may be going through the same cave experience , or our soul may be inside the captivity of prison . But let us cheer up . Because we have a Saviour , who will bring us out of our prison experience . Let us read and meditate this Psalm .

1 . Prison is a place for the lawbreakers given as punishment with limited area with no comforts , no one likes to stay in prison , they will provide food which you don't like and lt is the place of bondage . Today we may not be knowing that our soul is in prison . But we can diagnose it because if our soul is in prison ,we can't praise God from the depth of our heart . Verse 7 . That's why David is praying to God to bring his soul out of prison . Let us also join with David and pray this prayer and receive our deliverance .

2 . David is telling that there is no man cared for my soul . We may also have the same experience in our life . There may be no one to take care or to enquire about us . Remember, Jesus ,our loving Saviour is with us always to take care of us .

Also there are millions of people with the same feelings of sorrow or left alone feeling .Their souls are in prison or under the bondage of sin What are we doing for them ? In Mathew 25 : 31 - 45 , Jesus told when the son of man çomes in His glory , He is going to give judgement according to our good works . In that He seperates them to right and left side and said to right sided people , l was in prison , you visited me and so He gave inheritance to the Kingdom . But to the left sided people , He said , l was in prison , you did not minister me and put them in the eternal fire . Also He said if we didn't do this to a least of any person that ìs equal that was not done to Jesus , himself . Are we aware of this in our daily works ? Or forgotten ? Why can't we minister ( enquire about theìr relationship with God )our family members , friends , colleges in our working places , church members , neighbours etc ?
We can forward these Inights to them , introduce Bible study Programme to them , and above all pray for the gospel to reach to them whose souls are in prison . lnstead of talking and discussing about world news in our mobile calls , we can sow a word of God each day .

3 . Our soul will be cast in to prison when we can't forgive a person who harmed us . Mathew 5 : 25 .

4 . Above all we should remember that Jesus came to this world and gave His life to deliver them who are in captivity of sin and to bring out the prisoners from prison . Isaiah 42 : 7 , Luke 4 : 18 .Also we were under the law before, but through Christ we become His children .

5 . Let us see what David did from the cave ? He cried unto the Lord with loud voice , he made supplication . He poured out his complaints before God ( not to men ) ,and showed his trouble to God .He cried and said , you are my refuge and portion in my life , in this land .
Lord deliver me from persecutors and attend my cry . Bring my soul out of prison so that l may praise your name . What a beautiful and meaningful prayer , he prayed ! Let us praise God for David's life .

Yes , our Lord Jesus delivers the captives , who are in prison . He gave His life for the sinners to set them free . Let us taste His love and pray ànd help the captives to set them free . May God bless each one of us according to the above words .

Dr . Padmini Selvyn .


Day 122 psalms 141 to 150

Psalm 150
Each of the last five psalms (146-150) begins and ends with “Praise the Lord”.

The word praise is repeated thirteen times in six verses.

Psalm 150 gives us the where, why, how, and who of praise.

Where? Psalm 150 answers, everywhere!
How? Psalm 150 answers, in every way!
When? Psalm 150 answers, always!
Who? Psalm 150 answers, everyone!
Why? Psalm 150 answers, for everything God is and has done!

The psalmist encourages us to praise God every day and in every part of our lives no matter how good or bad.

 Praise is our expression of gratitude to God for reigning in glory forever.

Despite our  feelings or circumstances,
Praise God in every circumstance which gives us joy and pleases God.

Praise Him in the morning,..............on your way to work, …………….at lunch, ………...in the afternoon,…………..on your way home, ………… in the evening, ……… before bed.

 Praise Him when you don’t feel like praising.

 Praise Him when you don’t have the energy to praise.

 What is one small way we can praise Him today?
 Jooley Mathew


Psalms 141 - 150

 Self examination 

Psalm 141

David is seeking God for help in the midst of temptations. We should also call upon our Sovereign Lord, when we are trapped in the evil sinful desires. Let God guard our tongues & hearts , so that we may be transformed like Christ, each & every day. Let us also accept the advice of a righteous person humbly, since it will lead us to wisdom & disciplines our way of life.

Psalm 142

This psalm was written when David was hiding from Saul in caves like Adullam or EnGadi. The cave was like a prison to him. We are also in the prisons of sin which are surrounded by sinful worldly desires. This has led us into depression, loneliness, faint spirit & hopelessness. God is our only Refuge & our portion in this land of living. Let us surrender to our Lord.

Psalm. 143

David is losing hope & is in depression. Our hearts also are full of fear, anxiety & terror due to our happenings around us. During this time, our souls thirst for the Lord like a dried up waterless land. Let God teach us to do His will & not ours. We trust Him & meditate on the Great work of salvation in our lives.

Psalm. 144

Lord is our Rock , loving God, Fortress, Stronghold, Deliverer, Shield & Refuge. The man is like a breath & his days are like a fading , short lived shadow ( our life is short). But God cares the man in times of trials & in his victories also. The blessings from verse 12 to 14 will be given to a man , who fears the Lord by obeying His commands & who accepts "God is the Lord"( "Almighty is the master & ruler of his life)

Psalm. 145

All people will know who God is & they will recognize His mighty & wonderful works. Because of His Great Salvation they will worship the Lord forever & ever through all generations. Every creature will praise His Holy name. For each & every thing, all will depend only on God, who is the source of the whole universe. So let us keep all our burdens on Him. He fulfills the desires of those who obey His laws & who have trust in Him.

Psalm. 146

Help from man is earthly, materialistic & changeable , since it depends upon his situations & his limited ability. But help from God is eternal, spiritual (saving from sin ) , everlasting, constant & complete, since it comes from God who is Almighty ( all Powerful & Superior)

Psalm147

The psalm may be written when the exiles returned to Jerusalem. "Great is our Lord" mighty in power, his understanding has no limit. God is not pleased with our skills & gifts, but God desires our reverence , worship & trust in His unfailing Love.

Psalm 148

Let all the creations praise, worship & adore the Lord. Let all true believers, who belong to the Universal church form a great majestic choir & exalt the name of the Lord.

Psalm 149

The Lord enjoys the praises & be satisfied with the people, so He crowns the humble with salvation. We should also praise ,for He will return as Messiah, to judge the evil doers.

Psalm 150

This closing hymn of praise is an unlimited praise to God , who is unlimited in His greatness. Praise the Lord ~ in every place ~ for every reason ~ with every musical instrument ~ with every available breath.

Praise the Lord

SA # group 230.

Wednesday, 05 February 2020 21:36

Psalms 32 to 37

Promises to David: Psalms 32 - I will instruct and teach you in the way you should go. I will counsel you and watch over you. The Lord's unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him.

 A Song of Praise: Psalms 33 - David exhorts the people to PRAISE THE LORD with instruments of songs for His word which is right and true and for His faithfulness and unfailing love. FEAR THE LORD for He is the Creator and His plans and purposes never fail. The Lord watches all who live on earth and considers their doing. His unfailing love delivers us from death and famine and He alone is our help and shield.*

God's Blessings: Psalms 34
1. Blessings when we Seek the Lord - He delivers us from all fear. Our faces are never put to shame. We are saved out of all our troubles and we shall lack no good thing.
2. Blessings when we Fear the Lord - Protection of the Angels is granted for deliverance and we lack nothing.
3. Blessings of the Righteous - The eyes of the Lord are on them and His ears are open to their cry. The Lord hears their cry and delivers them out of all their troubles which may be many. Their enemies will be condemned.

 The Lord as Judge: Psalms 35 - This song is an appeal to the heavenly King as divine warrior and judge to defend him and save him from his enemies who hate him without a cause. The Psalm ends with great praise by faithful supporters of David and his own praises all day long.

True Character of the Wicked: Psalms 36 - He does not fear God and only flatters himself. He is deceitful unwise and always plots evil and does not reject what is wrong.

 Goodness of Lord: His love is unfailing. He is faithful and righteous. He is a preserver of all. Both high and low find refuge under His wings. God is a fountain of life and in His light we see light.  Righteous and wicked contrasted

Psalms 37  The Righteous - They will not fret or be envious. They will trust and delight themselves in the Lord who will grant them their desires. They will commit their ways to God and trust in Him.They will be still and wait patiently for the Lord. They will refrain from anger and wrath.

The Wicked - Their plots are evil. They are cruel against the poor and needy. The wicked do not pay back their debts. The future of the wicked will be cut off. Only the righteous who trust in the Lord and are blameless, peaceful, who love the Word of God and are humble receive the blessings from the Lord.

Mrs Caroline Chellappa, Chennai




I am the Breath of Life
The Joy of Forgiveness
Happy are those whose sins are forgiven, whose wrongs are pardoned.
Happy is the one whom the LORD does not accuse of doing wrong and who is free from all deceit.
The words of the LORD are true, and all his works are dependable.
The LORD loves what is righteous and just; his constant love fills the earth.
Worship the LORD, all the earth! Honor him, all peoples of the world!
I will always thank the LORD; I will never stop praising him.
I will praise him for what he has done; may all who are oppressed listen and be glad!
The LORD watches over the righteous and listens to their cries;
You are righteous, O LORD, so declare me innocent; don't let my enemies gloat over me.

How precious, O God, is your constant love! We find protection under the shadow of your wings.

You are the source of all life, and because of your light we see the light.
The words of good people are wise, and they are always fair.
The LORD saves the righteous and protects them in times of trouble.
He helps them and rescues them; he saves them from the wicked, because they go to him for protection.

Be fair with Innocent
AS I AM....
I AM COMING SOON
"ALL GLORY AND HONOUR BELONGS TO GOD ALONE"

Sudhir




Psalm 34:18; “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit

❤ This is my favourite verse in the entire Bible and this verse comforted me in my darkest time of my life.

This is the scripture, I read hundreds,”hundreds” of times in my life.
 I have experienced a broken heart in my life.
But……
………… this verse, promises us that in the midst of heartbreak, God is so very near.

Life is never fair or easy.
When we experience with sadness and depression, it is not easy to come out from the pain, or move on..
Yes.. Many of us are experiencing depressed feelings, emotional grief, and times of despair.
We all may have our hearts broken in some or other way,..............
We may have many questions to ask when tragedy strikes us..

“Why would you let this happen?”
“Don’t you care about me?”
“Why didn’t you save my loved one?”
In this verse, we’re reminded that even  orwhen we feel alone in our brokenness, we’re not alone at all.

He has been so near to us in our time of heartbreak;
God is so close………….
……..  Close enough to carry us and to compassionately care for us.

 Surrender all of our questions, our doubts, our pain, and our tears trusting that He hears us and He cares.

Jooley Mathew



 Lord, you are my savior and my strong deliverer

Psalm 34
Once David fled from Saul and went Achish, King of Gath. (1 Samuel 21:10 - 15).
As he was very much afraid of Achish he pretended to be insane and hence was chased away from his presence.

David starts this Psalm with Thanksgiving to the Lord.

"I will extol the Lord at all times a d His praise will always be on my lips"
His heart was overflowing with gratefulness for what the Lord had done for him
We see in the following verses the words, "delivers", "saves", "fears", "troubles" repeated again and again.
"I sought the Lord and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears."(4).
"This poor man called and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles."(6).
"The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him and he delivers them". (7).
"The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them. He delivers them from all their troubles". (17).
"The Lord... saves those who are crushed in spirit" (18).
"A righteous man may have many troubles but the Lord delivers him from them all." (19).

Because David tasted the goodness of the Lord during the times when he was afflicted he could not but express his overwhelming gratitude in this psalm.

Not only in this Psalm but in many other psalms also David mentioned how the Lord was gracious to Him .

"I will praise your name O Lord my God... For great is your love toward me,you have delivered me from the depths of the grave." (Psalm 86:13,14).

"For He has delivered me from all my troubles and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes. "( Psalm 54:7).

"For you O Lord have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears and my feet from stumbling." (Psalm 116:8).

This undeniable truth was deeply imprinted in his mind.
And he proclaimed it to many whom he came across. To mention a few...
To Bathsheba when she asked him the kingship for her son Solomon... David answered in 1 Kings 1:28, "As surely as the Lord lives who delivered me out of every trouble....".

To Recab and his brother when they murdered Ish-Bosheth the son of Saul David declared in 2 Samuel 4:9,
"As surely as the Lord lives who delivered me out of all trouble,....".

Dear friends
let these words lift up our hearts.
Let us not become weary in times of affliction. When we cry unto the Lord in days of trouble He will surely hear our cry and deliver us
After we have received His blessings let us not forget to praise Him and to testify His name among His people.

Manjula Premraj, Chennai



 Psalm 34:8

Taste and See that the Lord is Good

This psalm is connected to the time when David fled from Saul to a Philistine city . David was obviously afraid, and probably cried out to the Lord. He exceedingly rejoices when the Lord delivered him. And out of that experience he quoted : "Taste and See that the Lord is Good" !!

* In NT Peter urges us to ".. crave pure SPIRITUAL MILK , so that you may GROW up in your Salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is Good " 1 Peter 2:2-3 .
 Peter desires to say that those who have already tasted that the Lord is Good must hunger to know Him better. Personal Bible Study and Meditation are the tools by which we come to know Him .

 Partaking of the things of God and His Kingdom matures our appetites so that we become more like Jesus, who declared that his food was to do the will of his Father ( Jn 4:32-34)
 By partaking in the work of the gospel we learn that God's goodness is more satisfying than anything the world has to offer .

 The Psalmist invites us to Taste and See the GOOD DAYS in our generation by following the DIVINE MANDATES ( v 11 - 14 )
》 Fear God
》 Control your tongue
》 Turn from evil
》 Do good
》 Seek peace

Jesus invites us , "Come to me, all you are weary and burdened , and I will give you rest " Matthew 11:28

Peter, who had tasted that the Lord is Good, could say , "Lord, to whom shall we go ? You have the words of eternal life " ✒ John 6:68
Psalmist writes , "How sweet are your words to my taste , sweeter than honey to my mouth !". 119:103
HAVE YOU TASTED ❓

GLORY TO GOD, Mark Boje, ArP



Word of the Lord

PSALMS 33:9
For He spoke and it was done
The WORD OF THE LORD has such a great impact.

When He spoke:
Day and night was formed
Heaven and Earth was formed
Grass ,herbs,Trees were formed
Sun ,moon ,stars were formed
Every living creatures of the sea ,birds and animals were formed
The most unique thing is :
By the Hand of God, Man was made.
By the Breath of God Man was given life.

We are made individually, uniquely by Him.

How wonderful it is to know that the breath that I take with no conscious effort belongs to God.

He Speaks the sea gathers as a heap.

He Speaks the storms cease.
He Speaks the disease is healed.
He *Speaks sins are forgiven.
*He Speaks lives are transformed .

If Today you are in the midst of a sea of difficulties allow God to speak.
If Today you are facing storms ,allow God to Speak.
If Today you are at the crossroads of a decision allow God to Speak.
If Today you are drowned in sin allow God to speak.

Listen to His still small voice to change your own World because when He Spoke He brought the World into existence.

HE SPOKE AND IT WAS DONE!

Amen Suneeta.




As I read through today's Bible Verses in the Readings, Psalms ch. 32 to 37, I was pleasantly surprised to see so many promises of God in it which are close to my heart. Wanted to share just three great verses, but sharing 6 pictures. If your phone is a little old, please delete the same after viewing, to conserve mobile-phone storage space. Apologies for sharing more. The verses shared are from Psalms 37 and the following:

You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7 NKJV
Like a halo, with the promise of a rainbow!

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD Psalm 33:12a NIV
Also, blessed is our home when our Lord God is the Head of our home.

I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4 NLT
Don't be afraid of anything, even the future!

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. Psalm 34:18 NLT
When we are down and alone, God is with us always.

How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 36:7 NIV
Measureless love!



 Wicked vs Righteous Psalm 37

King David wrote this Psalm from his life experiences. He delighted in the Lord who gave him the desires of his life. David committed his ways to the Lord and experienced how God takes care of it. Throughout his life, he waited patiently for the Lord...He faced lots of evil men ..

Here is a contrast between the righteous and the wicked. Let us see some of it from Psalm 37.

Righteous/ good people. They do only good.
* They will trust in the Lord and do good. 37:3.
* They will dwell in the Lord and enjoy safe pasture.37:3.
* They will delight in the Lord. 37:4.
* They will get the desire of their heart. 37:4.
* They will commit their way to the Lord.37:5.
* They will wait patiently for the Lord. 37:7.
* They will refrain from anger and turn from wrath. 37:8.
* They will inherit the land.37:9,11,22,29.
* Their inheritance will endure forever. 37:18.
* They will not wither in times of disaster. 37:19.
* They will enjoy plenty in times of famine. 37;19.
* They will give generously. 37:21,26.
* Their children will be blessed. 37:26.
* They will dwell in the land forever. 37:27.
* The Lord loves them and protect them. 37:28.
* They will speak wisdom 37:30.
* They will keep God's Word in their heart. 37:31.
* The Lord will exalt them. 37:34.

WICKED/evil people.-they do wrong.
# Wicked will soon wither and die away. 37:3.
# They will be cut off. 37:9,22,28,38.
#They will plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth against them.37:12.
#Their sword will pierce their own heart. 37:15.
#They will perish. 37:20.
# They will vanish like smoke. 37:20.
#They borrow and do not repay. 37:21.
# They will stumble and fall. 37:24.
#They will be forsaken and their children could be begging. 37:25.
# Their children will be cursed. 37:26.
# They will not inherit the land. 37:29.
# They will be destroyed.
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Are we righteous people or wicked people?
Let us delight in the Lord in all situations
Let us commit our way to the Lord- all we do, everyday.

Rev.C.V.Abraham.



Thursday, 06 February 2020 15:35

128 to 140 Cont

BRING MY SOUL OUT OF PRISON .

Psalm 142 : 1 - 7 . David is praying this prayer while he was hiding inside a cave . He says , that there was no man who cared for his soul . So he prayed to God , ' Lord , bring my soul out of prison, so that l may praise your name .' Today we may be going through the same cave experience , or our soul may be inside the captivity of prison . But let us cheer up . Because we have a Saviour , who will bring us out of our prison experience . Let us read and meditate this Psalm .

1 . Prison is a place for the lawbreakers given as punishment with limited area with no comforts , no one likes to stay in prison , they will provide food which you don't like and lt is the place of bondage . Today we may not be knowing that our soul is in prison . But we can diagnose it because if our soul is in prison ,we can't praise God from the depth of our heart . Verse 7 . That's why David is praying to God to bring his soul out of prison . Let us also join with David and pray this prayer and receive our deliverance .

2 . David is telling that there is no man cared for my soul . We may also have the same experience in our life . There may be no one to take care or to enquire about us . Remember, Jesus ,our loving Saviour is with us always to take care of us .

Also there are millions of people with the same feelings of sorrow or left alone feeling .Their souls are in prison or under the bondage of sin What are we doing for them ? In Mathew 25 : 31 - 45 , Jesus told when the son of man çomes in His glory , He is going to give judgement according to our good works . In that He seperates them to right and left side and said to right sided people , l was in prison , you visited me and so He gave inheritance to the Kingdom . But to the left sided people , He said , l was in prison , you did not minister me and put them in the eternal fire . Also He said if we didn't do this to a least of any person that ìs equal that was not done to Jesus , himself . Are we aware of this in our daily works ? Or forgotten ? Why can't we minister ( enquire about theìr relationship with God )our family members , friends , colleges in our working places , church members , neighbours etc ?
We can forward these Inights to them , introduce Bible study Programme to them , and above all pray for the gospel to reach to them whose souls are in prison . lnstead of talking and discussing about world news in our mobile calls , we can sow a word of God each day .

3 . Our soul will be cast in to prison when we can't forgive a person who harmed us . Mathew 5 : 25 .

4 . Above all we should remember that Jesus came to this world and gave His life to deliver them who are in captivity of sin and to bring out the prisoners from prison . Isaiah 42 : 7 , Luke 4 : 18 .Also we were under the law before, but through Christ we become His children .

5 . Let us see what David did from the cave ? He cried unto the Lord with loud voice , he made supplication . He poured out his complaints before God ( not to men ) ,and showed his trouble to God .He cried and said , you are my refuge and portion in my life , in this land .
Lord deliver me from persecutors and attend my cry . Bring my soul out of prison so that l may praise your name . What a beautiful and meaningful prayer , he prayed ! Let us praise God for David's life .

Yes , our Lord Jesus delivers the captives , who are in prison . He gave His life for the sinners to set them free . Let us taste His love and pray ànd help the captives to set them free . May God bless each one of us according to the above words .

Dr . Padmini Selvyn .


[9:18 pm, 07/03/2020] Leenu Binny: Praise the Lord From the Heavens!
PSALM 148

Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights!
Psalm 148:1

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Praise Him, all His angels;
Praise Him, all His hosts!
Praise the LORD from the earth, Sea monsters and all deeps;
Praise Him, highest heavens,
And the waters that are above the heavens!
Let them praise the name of the LORD,
For He commanded and they were created.
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This is a small psalm. The word praise is used thirteen times in these fourteen verses. The psalm begins in the highest heavens and ends with the little nation of Israel. If any psalm reveals the glory and grandeur of the worship of the Lord, it is this one, for it is cosmic in its dimensions and yet very personal in its intentions. ✨

Unlike most other religions, we do not praise a limited validity god who was manufactured on earth; we praise the One True and Living God who reigns from the highest heavens, THE GOD WHO CREATED ALL THINGS. Solomon was right when he said, Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. (1 Kings 8:27) ?


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CARE for God's Creation
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When I was a little boy, Summer time was great fun in Bangalore. I used to hurriedly cycle with my friends to a huge swimming pool and dive into the crowded waters. That's chlorinated city waters we weren't very proud of to brag, but was good enough to have fun.

When I used to visit my native place in Kerala, the story was a little different. We were right on the banks of a big river. It was open anytime. There were far fewer friends to go swimming in the wide River. Yet, we have loved to go there, because the waters were clean, serene, filled with small fish, and surrounded by swaying trees and bamboo plants. There were none to photograph us, and we had total privacy. We would scream out so loud, it was magical to hear our own voice echo back after a few seconds. If we had drowned, there were none to save us; no lifeguards. God was our lifeguard. In the initial days of swimming against the current, I have gulped in the waters by the litres, which tasted very sweet.

The situation is very different now. After decades of sand mining, erosion of the beautiful banks and the River being highly polluted through release of harmful chemicals and harsh soap water into it, it's waters are no more safe or fit for human consumption without processing. The waters are filled with e.coli bacteria, causing death to many bird and fish species that depend on it, and causes diseases to our bodies when consumed, and allergies to our skins if touched. In a span of a few decades, being selfish and uncaring for others, we were successful in destroying the once-beautiful River that ran peacefully and unscathed for centuries. Things are changing for the better after intense activism by few good people.

Psalm 148 calls on all of creation to praise God. By caring for God's creation, we can respond to God and the needs of others. When we care for others, we are actually praising God for what He has created for us. We can work to keep water clean for safe drinking and for protection of rivers and sea life. Every creature in the wild has the right to live.

We can educate ourselves and others about the effects of uncontrolled pollution on animal habitats and nesting sites. We can protect endangered species and reduce our energy use and carbon emissions. All are ways we can fulfil our call to care for God's creation. Let me know privately what methods you would use.

Psalm 148 asks us to complete a cycle — God creates, and we "co-create," acting as caretakers for the good of the earth. That is often called stewardship or taking ownership. Stewardship is taking care of something that's been entrusted to us, in a positive way. We must care for the environment we are living in. A week ago, an 80-year-old uncle of mine in a village refused to burn a 5-feet mount of swept-away leaves saying it causes damage to the environment. He left it as is to degenerate naturally. I felt amazement at his care, concern and awareness. Do we throw away small plastic wrappers just like that into the open? ?✅

Our time on earth is short. So we have a moral responsibility to take care of it for future generations. Indeed, God demands that we be good stewards of all that God has blessed us with, so that all people can share in the overwhelming goodness of God's creation. When we have a balance in nature, together with all birds and fish and stars and the moon, we have reasons to together praise God Almighty for all the wonders of His Creation! If you agree, say AMEN silently. ✋???

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All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voice and with us sing
alleluia, alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
thou silver moon with softer gleam,
O praise him, O praise him,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
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Be Blessed!

- Bob, Bangalore! ?

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[9:18 pm, 07/03/2020] Leenu Binny: Psalms 141 - 150

? Self examination ?

Psalm 141

David is seeking God for help in the midst of temptations. We should also call upon our Sovereign Lord, when we are trapped in the evil sinful desires. Let God guard our tongues & hearts , so that we may be transformed like Christ, each & every day. Let us also accept the advice of a righteous person humbly, since it will lead us to wisdom & disciplines our way of life.

Psalm 142

This psalm was written when David was hiding from Saul in caves like Adullam or EnGadi. The cave was like a prison to him. We are also in the prisons of sin which are surrounded by sinful worldly desires. This has led us into depression, loneliness, faint spirit & hopelessness. God is our only Refuge & our portion in this land of living. Let us surrender to our Lord.

Psalm. 143

David is losing hope & is in depression. Our hearts also are full of fear, anxiety & terror due to our happenings around us. During this time, our souls thirst for the Lord like a dried up waterless land. Let God teach us to do His will & not ours. We trust Him & meditate on the Great work of salvation in our lives.

Psalm. 144

Lord is our Rock , loving God, Fortress, Stronghold, Deliverer, Shield & Refuge. The man is like a breath & his days are like a fading , short lived shadow ( our life is short). But God cares the man in times of trials & in his victories also. The blessings from verse 12 to 14 will be given to a man , who fears the Lord by obeying His commands & who accepts "God is the Lord"( "Almighty is the master & ruler of his life)

Psalm. 145

All people will know who God is & they will recognize His mighty & wonderful works. Because of His Great Salvation they will worship the Lord forever & ever through all generations. Every creature will praise His Holy name. For each & every thing, all will depend only on God, who is the source of the whole universe. So let us keep all our burdens on Him. He fulfills the desires of those who obey His laws & who have trust in Him.

Psalm. 146

Help from man is earthly, materialistic & changeable , since it depends upon his situations & his limited ability. But help from God is eternal, spiritual (saving from sin ) , everlasting, constant & complete, since it comes from God who is Almighty ( all Powerful & Superior)

Psalm147

The psalm may be written when the exiles returned to Jerusalem. "Great is our Lord" mighty in power, his understanding has no limit. God is not pleased with our skills & gifts, but God desires our reverence , worship & trust in His unfailing Love.

Psalm 148

Let all the creations praise, worship & adore the Lord. Let all true believers, who belong to the Universal church form a great majestic choir & exalt the name of the Lord.

Psalm 149

The Lord enjoys the praises & be satisfied with the people, so He crowns the humble with salvation. We should also praise ,for He will return as Messiah, to judge the evil doers.

Psalm 150

This closing hymn of praise is an unlimited praise to God , who is unlimited in His greatness. Praise the Lord ~ in every place ~ for every reason ~ with every musical instrument ~ with every available breath.

Praise the Lord

SA # group 230.
[9:18 pm, 07/03/2020] Leenu Binny: MORNING RENDEZVOUS
PSALMS 146-150
WHILE I live I will praise the Lord ,I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
All these psalms start with the phrase,PRAISE THE LORD!!
To praise God for His creation ,His wonderful works,even the Creation like Sun ,moon stars ,sea creatures has to praise him.The whole creation has to Praise God!!
It reminds me of the song ,
?I want to Praise You God....
?Birds in the sky sing their songs to You....
?Trees in the fields lift their arms to You......

HOW ?WHEN ?WHERE ?has been already shared by Sister Jooley in her insight today.

In one of the insights previously one of the sisters had shared about benefits of a Quiet Time with God.
Thanks to UESI which taught me on the same lines of the importance of Quiet Time
I accepted the Lord in my college days in an EU camp ,where we were taught to have a special time with God.I took up this habit ,early morning would walk up to the terrace ,sit in a quiet place among my plants and first start by praising and thanking God looking at the sky, clouds,the birds,the trees and plants around.That was my regular practice as a student but as a mother when I had to shoulder responsibilities I slacked in this sphere ,priorities changed but thanks to 240Days Bible Reading since the 120days schedule I have renewed my touch with God and reading His Word firmly.
As soon as I posted the morning reminder today morning ,I recollected these psalms and relived my college days ,I walked down to my gate stood there and looked at the sky and praised God for each and everything He has created , even I stood and praised and thanked God for each and every neighbour by name(7 families in all in a gated community),which I have never done earlier, It would just be a bland prayer without any feelings I would ask Him to bless them.This little deed this morning made my day ,when I could share about the 240Days Bible Reading to a non- christian colleauge of mine as to what we do and why we do it.

A friend of mine Beena Roy who also is in this Bible reading group who walks a real walk of faith begins her day by putting on worship songs loud so that the spirit of worship and praise reverberates on throughout the day .Thanks to her I could imbibe this trait of hers too.Both husband and wife drive through villages stop by praise and pray with burden for the villages ,it was also a wonderful experience when I could accompany them on such a trip on a holiday.
Our God is worthy of all Glory,Honour and Praise.
As long as we live only we can praise Him.
For in Psalms 6:5 it is written:
For in death there is no remembrance of You,in the grave who will give You thanks?
So as long as we live ,let us PRAISE THE LORD !!!

THE BOOK OF
PSALMS ENDS SO WELL WITH THIS VERSE:
LET EVEYTHING THAT HAS BREATH,PRAISE THE LORD,PRAISE THE LORD!
PSALMS 150:6
As shared earlier the breath that we breathe is God's breath ,so should it not praise God as long as it breathes❓
HOW DO WE OFFER OUR LIFE TO GOD AS AN OFFERING OF PRAISE WORTHY AND ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT OR ❓❓❓❓❓
I shared this for the Glory of God .
Amen
Suneeta.


Psalm 141

Once again the Psalmist is crying out to God in prayer and pleading with the Lord to keep him from speaking what he should not in the presence of the wicked, vs 1-3. He also asks God to consider his uplifted hands as the evening sacrifice, which depicts the surrender of his case into the hands of a righteous God, vs 2. Further he pleads with God to keep his heart from entertaining evil and so returning evil for evil to men who practice evil and feast on the same as though they were some type of delicacies, vs 4! However, he welcomes the rebuke of the righteous, for he considers it to be an act of gracious love and anointing oil upon his head, vs 5; even though he is still determined to pray vehemently against the evil activities of the wicked, and is assured that when their evil judges are removed out of the way, by his prayers, the rest of the people will see sense in what he was standing for all this while, vs 6. Even when the wicked vehemently pursue him, vs 7, he is determined to remain focused and keep his eyes on the Lord, seeking the Lord's protection and deliverance alone, vs 8, 9; while praying that the wicked to fall into their own nets, vs 10.
We can clearly see from this Psalm, the intense battle that the Psalmist is engaged in, primarily in prayer, and seemingly, over a long period of time! And while it seems that the Lord is silent, yet, His Word assures us that after a period of testing, (which comes just to check whether we will stick to obedience to His Word, no matter how sorely we may be tempted to do otherwise), a period of great increase, stability and blessing is sure to follow, James 1:2-4! So, if we are walking through the valley of affliction, let us not grow weary in well doing, by His grace, for then we can be assured that He will definitely come and make all things beautiful in His time, 2 Chronicles 16:9.

Psalm 142

This Psalm was written when David was hiding in a cave, most probably, while fleeing from king Saul. David was overwhelmed with grief to be hunted down to this extent for no fault of his! What could he do, when (on being unable to retaliate for conscience' sake), defending himself from his oppressor became his only option? Yes, he could do just one more thing, which was the best option, under the given circumstances, and that being to cry out to the Lord by making specific supplication and complaint unto the Lord concerning his predicament, vs 1,2,5. He was confident that God knew all about his condition, vs 3. He also felt completely abandoned by the arm of flesh, vs4! All he asked the Lord to do was to attend to his cry and to deliver his imprisoned soul from his persecutors, whom were stronger than him, for he was brought very low, vs 6. He reasoned that, as God dealt bountifully with him by delivering him, he would have reason to praise the Lord and be surrounded by the righteous in the land, vs 7. If we find ourselves in a similar predicament, then this Psalm instructs us to do as David did and keep trusting in the Lord alone with all our hearts, instead of leaning on our own understanding and returning evil for evil! And, although it make take some time for the Lord's best plan to come to pass, yet it will be the very best that we could have ever asked for, and so, will surely be worth the wait! But, in the meantime, the just shall live by his faith, Habakkuk 2:2-4, while the soul which is proud will be disheartened when God does not answer him in a hurry!

Psalm 143

As David calls on the Name of the Lord in this Psalm, he does not expect God to help him while he is unrighteous, vs 1. Further, he does not even claim to be perfect or sinless, vs 2. All he is asking God for is deliverance from his enemy who has persecuted his soul and left him spiritually dead, vs 3! Therefore, he remains overwhelmed and desolate, vs 4! At times he remembers the days of old, (perhaps the time he slew Goliath), and meditates on all the works of the Lord's hands, vs 5. This gives him a desperate thirst to see God's hands move on his behalf again, vs 6. He pleads with God to answer Him speedily, lest he die in such a hopeless condition, vs 7! He longs to be revived by God's lovingkindness in the morning, and seeks to know the way in which he should walk, vs 8. Besides asking the Lord to deliver him, he also asks God to teach him how to do God's will, so that he may walk in uprightness, vs 9. And, if not for anything else, he asks God to revive him, and bring his soul out of trouble for the sake of the Lord's righteous Name, vs 10! From this Psalm we learn how to hold on to God even I times of deepest darkness and keep doing what is right in God's sight. For, the Lord is near the brokenhearted and well able to deliver us from all our troubles, if we would only wait patiently, in repentance and faith, for His perfect timing!

Psalm 144

In this beautiful Psalm, King David tells us how we can be truly prosperous. He says that this happens when we make the Lord our strength and the one who teaches our hands to war and fingers to fight, vs 1. It is when we see the Lord as one who does us only good, and one who is our fortress; our high tower, and our deliverer; our shield, and the one in whom we trust; that He will subdue the people who come against us, vs 2. Very simply put, it means that as we walk in obedience to the Lord's Word, it is He who fights our battles and subdues those who come against us. And yes, inspite of the fact that we are mere human beings, who are here today and gone tomorrow, yet God will come down from heaven to do miraculous wonders on our behalf inorder to scatter our enemies and put them to flight, vs 3-6. By His mighty right hand, He will deliver us out of great waters and from a strange people who war against us by speaking arrogantly and in whose right hand is falsehood and deceit, vs 7-8, 11. And as God delivers us from these people who wield a hurtful sword, with their false and arrogant tongue, vs 10, we will rejoice with song unto the Lord and praise Him joyfully with psaltery and harp, vs 9. It is then that our sons will be as plants grown up in their youth and our daughters will be as cornerstones, polished after the similitude of a palace, vs 12.
All our granaries will be full, affording all manner of store and our sheep will bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets, vs 13. Further, even our oxen will be strong to labour and there will be no loss of their young ones such that there will be no complaining in our streets on account of any scarcity, vs 14. And we will be one happy lot of people, because we belong to and revere a great an awesome God as ours, vs 15!

Psalm 145

In this Psalm we can sight the reason for David's success inspite of the many years of crushing that he endured. To begin with, on the one hand, although he was honest about his feelings towards his oppressors, he always sought to leave their judgment in God's hands. While on the other hand, he never failed to praise God for who God was to him and for all the great things that God had done for him, even while he was being sorely tested, vs 1,2,3,5-7. In this manner, he believes that one generation should praise God's works to another, so that the Lord's mighty acts will be declared from generation to generation, vs 4, 10-13. The song of praise that they will proclaim will be that, 'The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all his works', vs 8,9. The marvelous acts of the Lord are also seen when God upholds those that fall and raises those that are bowed down, vs 14, and, provides food and other desires in due season, for all those who wait upon Him, vs 15, 16. Besides this, He is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works and is nigh unto all those that call upon Him in truth, vs 17,18. He will preserve all those who love Him, fulfill the desire of all who fear Him, vs 19,20. However, the wicked He will ultimately destroy, vs 20! For all these marvels, the Psalmist David, is determined to speak the praise of the Lord with His mouth and exhorts all flesh to bless the Holy Name of the Lord forever and ever, vs 21. This Psalm gives us a gist of the numerous things that we can praise God for even while passing through difficult times, and as a result, we will experience amazing transformation in our lives and circumstances and ministries as well.

Psalm 146

What a beautiful Psalm! The Psalmist once again finds reason to praise God and put his trust in Him alone. And, he is determined to praise the Lord for as long as he lives, no matter what he has to face throughout his lifetime, vs 1,2! He has also learnt another important thing in life viz. that we should not put our trust in princes or other human beings who have no power in themselves to deliver us in our time of need and on a consistent basis, vs 3. This is because once they die and return to the ground, their plans die too and so does their power, vs 4. On the other hand, he tells us how blessed the one whose helper is the God of Jacob and whose hope is in the Lord his God is, vs 5. For He is the one who made the heavens and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and so, is our Creator and source who remains faithful forever, vs 6! It is He who vindicates the oppressed, gives food to the hungry and releases the imprisoned, vs 7. It is He who gives sight to the blind, lifts up all who are depressed and loves the godly, vs 8. It is He who protects those residing outside their native land; lifts up the fatherless and the widow, but also opposes the wicked, vs 9.
Moreover, he rules forever and throughout the generations to come, vs 10.
Nevertheless, we can only truly trust in Him if we have known Him personally as our Savior and Lord, and choose to walk consistently in obedience to His commandments as specified in His Word. For it is only then that we will have knowledge of His unchanging character, which is both love and light. Infact, Jeremiah 17:5 tells us that God will put a curse on people who trust in mere human beings, and who depend on mere flesh and blood, and whose hearts have turned away from Him. If we have done so, let us repent before the Lord wholeheartedly for complaining about people who don't help us, but rather give our praise and trust to the only one who is worthy of the same for He has promised to never leave or forsake us, Hebrews 13:5,6; and every one of God's promises are 'Yes' in Christ Jesus, even as we say our 'Amen' to them , 2 Corinthians 1:20, knowing full well that it is impossible for God to lie, Hebrews 6:18!

Psalm 147

This Psalm lists some more reasons that God's people need to praise Him for, accompanied by musical instruments as well, vs 1,7 He is able to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and bring back the physical and spiritual exiles of Israel, vs 2. He is able to heal the brokenhearted, and bandage their wounds, lift the oppressed and knock down the wicked, vs 3,6. He is able to count the number of stars and name all of them, vs 4. He is great, has awesome power and limitless wisdom, vs 5. He covers the sky with clouds, provides the earth with rain, and causes grass to grow on the hillsides, giving food to the animals, and to the young ravens when they chirp, vs 8,9. He is not impressed by the strength of the horse nor the warrior's strong legs, vs 10, but takes delight in His faithful followers, who fear him and wait for His mercy, vs 11. Besides this Jerusalem and Zion need to praise Him for protecting their gates and blessing their children, vs 12,13; as well as bringing peace to their territory and providing them with the best of grain, vs 14. His commands given through the earth, swiftly reach their destination, vs 15, making even the cold winds, which are sent as snow, frost or hailstones, to melt at His command and flow as water when He breathes over them, vs 16-18. It is this same God that proclaims His Word to Jacob and statutes and judgments to Israel, vs 19. He has done this for no other Nation, vs 20. So, He is worthy of their praise!

Psalm 148

This Psalm gives 3 reasons for which we ought to praise God. The first being that God is the Creator of all, vs 5; having established His Creation with a decree which shall not pass away, vs 6. The second reason is that His name alone is excellent and His glory is above the earth and heaven, vs 13. And the third reason given is that He has raised up a source of strength for His people and has made them victorious, vs 14! Now among all of His creation that is expected to praise Him from the heavens and in the heights vs 1, are included angels, heavenly hosts, vs 2; sun, moon and stars, vs 3; heavens of heavens and the waters above the heavens, vs 4. Those from the earth that are expected to praise Him include the dragons and the deep, vs 7, together with the fire, hail; snow, vapour; and stormy winds that fulfill His Word, vs 8; and the mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars, the beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and the flying fowl, vs 9,10, and the Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth, vs 11. Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children are also included in this list, vs 12. One would wonder how so many inanimate and lifeless objects could end up praising God! But, a deeper look into the same gives us another dimension of what praise really is! What we can learn from these objects, is that, obeying God by just doing what they have been called to do with satisfaction and joy, brings both beauty and harmony in Creation and is counted as praise that pleases God. Without such worship, all outward forms of praise will prove ritualistic, redundant and meaningless. So, keeping this in mind let us, like the Psalmist, exhort everything that has breathe to praise our God, and let us do the same ourselves, for His Name is above every other name and He is indeed worthy of our praise!

Psalm 149

This Psalm tell us about the different ways in which we can praise God. We can praise Him with a new song amongst the assembly of the godly, vs 1. We can praise Him by rejoicing in our Creator and delighting in our King, vs 2.
We can praise Him with dancing or with singing unto Him with the accompaniment of the tambourine and harp, vs 3. The oppressed praise Him because He has delighted in them and delivered them, vs 4, while the godly praise Him with shouts of joy on their beds for vindicating them, vs 5. Praise can also be used as a weapon of war when coupled with the Word of God, which is called a double-edged sword, vs 6 in that the Word convicts us first, to do away with our corrupt self-life, and then can be used together with praise that is based on the Word, in order to take revenge on the nations, to punish foreigners and bind their kings in chains and their nobles in iron shackles and execute judgment upon their enemies, all of whom are influenced by evil spirits and who refuse to repent, vs 7,8. And in this way God will vindicate and honour His loyal followers. For this God is worthy of our praise, vs 9!
So, praising God consistently, no matter what difficult circumstances we find ourselves in, coupled with obeying and confessing God's Word which is appropriate for that situation, forms a very important weapon which enables us to enthrone God in our difficult circumstances, and so unbinds His hands to work in our favour, because it expresses our faith in a faithful God and this pleases Him very much, Hebrews 11:6.

Psalm 150

This Psalm resonates the 'where, why, how and who' of praise!
Where should we praise God?
In His sanctuary and in the sky/heavens, (from a heavenly standpoint)/ together with His heavenly hosts who testify to His strength, vs 1.
Why should we praise Him?
We should praise Him for His mighty acts and for His surpassing greatness, vs 2.
How should we praise Him?
We should praise Him with the blast of the horn, with the lyre and the harp, with the tambourine and with dancing, with stringed instruments and the flute, with loud cymbals and clanging cymbals, vs 3-5.
Who should praise Him?
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord, vs 6!
Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, but does give us a good Idea of what praise looks like, as well as the emotions that are involved in praising God and the enthusiasm with which it should be entered into, coupled with our obedience, if our praise is expected to delight the heart of God and move His hands to work on our behalf! For without faith it is impossible to please God, Hebrews 11:6, and those who truly believe will inevitably praise God, before seeing the outcome of prayers answered, knowing full well that God's Word will never return to Him empty, without fulfilling what He sent it to accomplish, Isaiah 55:11!

Rowena Thomas
Mumbai,
India.

Thursday, 06 February 2020 15:35

Psalm 128 to 140

PRAISE WARRIOR [Ps 141-150]

The Book of Psalms ends with triumphant hymns of praise which proclaim the majesty, authority, wisdom & power of God…

When I was young someone asked me - why does God want to be flattered? I didn't have an answer then... But God has shown me over the years that God does not need our flattery & fine words…

?⚔ Praise is the weapon God has given US to use against the enemy.

Corrie Ten Boom (author of The Hiding Place) was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. She recalls that morning rollcalls were times of humiliation as they stood out in the freezing cold. But, exactly at the time of the rollcalls, a lark would fly overhead singing its heart out. And by focusing on that lark they could escape the horror of those moments.

In the midst of all the ugliness of evil we experience in the world, God has given HIMSELF to be the One we can focus on… we can turn away from the shadows that seek to swamp us… we can lift our eyes and gaze upon the beauty of His holiness…

In the midst of all the hatred in the world, His love shines pure & bright as the anchor for our soul...

?? As we sing & think about who God is, satan & problems shrink in our eyes. God is magnified as we remember the Awesomeness of the Father who carries us, loves us, forgives us, trains us, guides us, provides, protects, heals... [Rf Ps 69:29-30]
?❤ Praising God is way we re-align our hearts to God’s heart, rest in His arms, receive His Perfect Love which stirs faith, evicts fear, silences satan’s voice... It enables us to stand in confidence that God is WITH US & FOR US. [Rf 1 Jn 4:16-19, Ps 55-59, Rom 8:31-39]
?? Praise prepares our hearts to catch the whispers of hope the Holy Spirit breathes into us. He reminds us of the Truths we need to apply in the situation… [Jn 14:26]
?⚔ We praise, and He raises up HIS WORD as a two-edged sword through us to defeat our enemies… [Rf Ps 149:6-9, Rev 19:21]
?⛲ Praising God is the best anti-depressant & fret-buster in the world...

Abba Father, I don't want to be a prayer-wOrrier. I am so grateful that You do not shift or change... That You are the perfect focus point... Anoint me to be a praise-warrior. Be magnified in me and through me… In Jesus Name, I raise a hallelujah! Amen!

Alice D.


Psalms: 141-150

Simple thoughts for
? deeper meditation.

Psalm: 150: 1

" Praise the Lord. Praise God
in His sanctuary; Praise Him
in his mighty heavens"

This is the last of the
Psalms, shares the same
beginning and the same ending. We are exhorted to
praise God, and to praise Him in His sanctuary. Why
to praise Him there?
⚡ It is a place set apart for
His honour, where we have His presence. In the New Testament we realize that
sanctuary is not fixed to a
particular building. Jesus
serves His people in a sanctuary in heaven.
(Hebrews: 8:l-2) Jesus makes His sanctuary among
His people collectively.
( 2 Corin: 6:16 ) Jesus also
makes His sanctuary in the
individual believer.
( I Corin: 3:16) Ultimately
Jesus Himself will be the
sanctuary of God among His
people.( Revelation: 21:22 )
⚡ Why do we praise Him?
First, because of what God
does. He performs mighty
acts. Second, because of who God is. The Psalmist
praised Him for " His excellent greatness" ( V:2)
The all power creator is the
sustainer of the Universe.
The Psalmist also
wrote to praise Him with the
sounds of trumpet, Iute, and
harp, trimbel and dance,
stringed instruments and
flutes. Loud cymbals and
clashing cymbals.
⚡ The list of instruments
points that everything you
have can be used to worship
God. The broad list of
musical instruments tells us that God wants every class
and group of people to praise Him, because these
instruments were normally
played by different types of
people.ie, Priests, Levites,
men, women and children.
⚡ If you cannot sing loudly,
and the praise the God who
has redeemed you in Jesus, and preparing you for heaven, perhaps it is because you do not know
really who God is or the
Gospel at all.
" Let everything that has
breath, praise the Lord "
? This is a fitting conclusion
to this Psalm and to the entire book of Psalms.
Everything that breathes should give praise to the
One who gave it breath.
Every breath is the gift of
God and praise is the worthy
return we make for that gift.
Revelation: 5:13 says that this will happen." And every
creature which is in heaven and on earth and under the
earth and such as are in the
sea, and all that are in them,
I heard saying, "Blessing and
honour and glory and power
be to Him who sits on the
throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever"
Finish the Psalms with a
parise.

Dr. Thomas David.?


[9:17 pm, 07/03/2020] Leenu Binny: Psalm 143:7_8. Hear me speedilyvO lord my spirit faileth Hide not Thy face from me .....cause me to hear Thy loving kindness in the morning for in Thee do I trust Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk,for I lift up my soul unto Thee.
This is a beautiful prayer which we can ask God the way we should walk .We can be perplexed as to what we should do,and we wish todo what is right and we are not sure what is right .our soul is like a dead weight which cannot lift itself up.But we should ask God to impart His strength to lift us up.we should ask God to show us the way we should walk.We should ask God to quicken us according to His word.

God knows the way wherein we should walk .God leadeth the blind by the way that they know not and in the paths they have not .seen.we can have strength when we lean all our weight upon God .we can take rest from toil,rest from strain of poverty,strain of ambition,rest from adversity and strife when we submit ourselves to Jesus who bore our stripes and hung upon the tree to give us rest.we find joy ,peace and energy when we come into christ rest.

Let this be our prayer in our hour of perplexity to know His will.
Guide me,O thou Jehovah
Pilgrim thro this barren land
I am weak but Thou art strong
Hold me with Thy powerful hands

Cynthia Sathiaraj
Chennai
[9:17 pm, 07/03/2020] Leenu Binny: SHALOM ?
Blessed to be a Blessing to the Blessed People ?‍?‍?‍?

? Psalm Chapter 146
The last five psalms ( 146--150 ) which is sometime called as "Hallelujah Psalms" , are devoted to PRAISING GOD ?
They begins and ends with the phrase PRAISE THE LORD . They contain no word of petition or suggestion of personal need ; there is a minimum of historical allusion. All focuses upon God who alone is worthy is to be praised ?

PRAISE THE LORD, O MY SOUL
Psalm 146 is an individual praise. The Psalmist knew whom he has to praise ( We must know whom we are serving and to whom we are praising and worshipping) and , thus , he expressed His Characters :
》 He is the God of Jacob ( v 5)
》 He is the Creator (v 6a)
》 He is faithful( v 6b)
》 He is the Protector , Provider and Promoter ( v 7-9)
》 He reigns forever(v 10)

? God's power characteristically operates in the three realms of
~ Social ( v 7 )
~ Personal ( v 8 )
~ Moral ( v 8b , 9 )

? The Psalmist , as if to clarify his own stand , begins by commanding his own soul to praise ( v 1). The issue is "If I do not praise , then the praise of God is incomplete".
? Then the Psalmist expresses his determination to praise the Lord for his entire life ( v 2 )

?? We often seek a holy place , a worshipping community or a spiritual environment in which to praise God on certain days and times. But the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob and the God of our life deserves our praise in all places and at all times ?
?? Knowing God personally and intimately causes us to trust and praise Him better.

? Beloved, praising the Lord is easy when we are experiencing his blessings and presence in our life . But praise does not comes instantly in adverse situations. At such times , we need to command our soul to focus on the Lord and praise Him instead of being focused on ourselves and absorbed with our troubles ?

"Praise the Lord, O my soul" !
May this be our goal,
In our pilgrimage ?

GLORY TO GOD ?
✍? Mark Boje, ArP ?
[9:17 pm, 07/03/2020] Leenu Binny: EL-SHADDAI - THE LORD ALMIGHTY

Psalm 145

"He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
?Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit ..."

(Psalm 147:4, 5)

?"He sends His command to the earth, His word runs swiftly.
He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes.
? He hurls down His hail like pebbles. Who can withstand His icy blast? . ( Psalm 147:15-18)

In this Psalm David talks of the greatness of God
Through the simple, plain words of Scripture let us se withourspiritual eyes who God is... .
? He is the Creator who is sovereign in His knowledge and in His purposes.
Isaiah 40:22 says,
? "He stretches the heavens like a canopy and spreads them like tent to live in.

? He brings out the starry host one by one and calls them each by name. .

?We all know that. our Solar System consists of our star, the Sun, and its orbiting planets (including Earth), along with numerous moons, asteroids, comet material, rocks, and dust.

?Our Sun is just one star among the hundreds of billions of stars in our Milky Way Galaxy
.
?The scientists have estimated that there are as many as 100 billion stars and even more

How astounding it is that the Lord calls each one of them by name!

We cannot comprehend with our human minds how great our God is!
He is infinite on wisdom.

Isaiah 40:12 says,

? "Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
?Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?"

These questions are called rhetorical questions.

These are used in Scripture in order to lead us to realize and accept the greatness of God emphatically, without giving room to any doubts.

In Job chapters 30-44 also, we find such questions which are closely parallel to what is asked here.

To these questions, our answer will be "No one but God."

These show us how mighty our God is.

?? Certainly no man can count the millions of stars in the universe or

? measure millions of gallons of water that fill the seas of the whole earth by cupping it little by little in his hand, or

? measure the entire universe with the breadth of his hand, from the end of the thumb to little finger

. Impossible, isn't it?

But God is Sovereign

He is Almighty.

He has full comprehension of His universe.

?God's knowledge is innate whereas ours is acquired by learning, study and experience.

?God knows the measure of every part of His creation.

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise. His greatness no one can fathom. (Psalm 145: 3).

Dear friends,

?when we know how great our God is, we will trust Him more and more.

?We will have the confidence that He who calls out even the stars by name knows each one of us by name
and cares for us more than He can for any other creatures.

?We will also realize that nothing-- absolutely nothing is impossible with Him.

He is almighty and all-powerful. Hallelujah!

Manjula Premraj, Chennai

We have just crossed the half way mark in our journey to complete reading the Bible in 240 days. What a wonderful journey this has been. I think its significant that most of the psalms today are centred on praise: I praise God my defense, my strength, my song, for answering the hunger in my soul to know Him more through reading His Word.

I first joined this group of pilgrims, journeying with a specific purpose two years back when we read the Bible in 180 days as a member. I joined again as group admin in the 210 day journey and now, I'm in such a huge worldwide initiative to read the Bible in 240 days.

Reading the Bible in a group is very motivating as I know that there are others like me, working towards the same goal.

I always wanted to be part of a Bible Study or Reading programme but I just could not find the time. I was lagging in my personal Bible study. I would read a devotional or a psalm daily but my soul was craving for more. When I was invited to join the 180 day programme, it changed my life; I didn't have to go out at a specific time anymore for at home or work, whenever I found the time, I could read His Word.

I had read the Bible earlier but only now, have i meditated on it and it has changed me as a person. Plus, I have now got mentors, prayer partners and soul sisters from around the globe who push me forward.

Today, this is a huge initiative. I thank God for being part of this beautiful programme in which we learn first hand about Him and His love.

I thank everyone involved with this programme, especially Rev C V Abraham for answering the call of God to initiate it.

Do send the self joining link to others to join this initiative. Stay blessed.


 

Thursday, 06 February 2020 15:35

128 to 140 -cont

You Have Searched Me and Know Me
PSALM 139

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made
Psalm 139:14a NIV

Life is sacred, because we are all fearfully and wonderfully made! There are so many good verses in this chapter 139 that reveal the truth about us. Read them all, and meditate upon it.

??? David declared that God is present at conception and birth, because we are all made in the image of God and God has a special purpose for each person who is born. We live in and with our bodies all our lives, and we know how amazing they are. God formed us as He wants us to be, and we must accept His will no matter how we feel about our genetic structure, our looks, or our abilities.

God cared intimately for each of us long before we were even created. It is perhaps the most powerful argument for the sacredness of life in the entire Bible. It speaks of a God who knew us, formed us, and gave us life long before we actually saw the light of the day. ??

What we think about God and our relationship to Him determines what we think about everything else that makes up our busy world — other people, the universe, God’s Word, God’s will, sin, faith, and obedience.

Wrong ideas about God will ultimately lead to wrong ideas about who we are and what we should do, and these leads to a wrong life on the wrong path toward the wrong destiny. In other words, theology — the right knowledge of God — is essential to a fulfilled life in this world. David contemplated God and wrote us a psalm whose message can only encourage us to be in a right relationship with Him. ✝?

This Psalm is about poetry and love and the faith that God has created us as special and unique ones. It's a reminder once again that each one of us, male or female, have been lovingly created or made in God's image — and because of that, every person, every life has dignity! This Psalm sings the omniscience and omnipresence of God. We cannot escape Him. The writer marvels at the omnipresence of God even in the most secret of places and praise God for His vast knowledge of the future. ?

??‍♀??‍♂ Why should we want to run away and hide?
??‍♀ Adam and Eve tried it and failed (Genesis 3:8),
??‍♂ and so did the prophet Jonah, who only went from bad to worse.
We need God’s presence with us if we want to enjoy His love and fulfil His purposes.
(See Isaiah 43:1–7
Psalm 23:4
Matthew 28:19–20)

God is present everywhere, and all sinners need to be aware of that. There is no way any wrongdoer could run away and hide from Him. We are all being watched 24/7. For all those who do the right things, there is nothing to fear. Why does God's light has to monitor us all time? Because He desires that we all lead a sinless life, conforming to His standards. It's then easier to confess to Him all wrongs, and be cured, be free of all sins.

??‍♀??‍♂ Our friends see the outside, but God sees the intentions of our heart, and we cannot deceive Him. Before us...
a) Adam and Eve tried it (Genesis 3:7–24)
b) Cain tried it (Genesis 4:1–15), and
c) even David tried it (2 Samuel 11—12),
and all of them discovered that God knew all about them. He knows our actions, our locations, our thoughts and words, our ways and our motives.

All things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
Hebrews 4:13 NKJV

Even more, for all true believers, He knows what is best for us and does all He can to guide us that way. So God’s knowledge and guidance are for our protection. What should be our response to this? We should be overwhelmed by the height and depth of God’s knowledge and be thankful that He knows us perfectly, in and out.

Often, we don't have time for anything spiritual and tend to invent excuses. Now how can we ignore God when He has given us such a marvellous body, soul, spirit, and planned for us a wonderful life? Life is not a prison; it is an exciting pilgrimage, and the Lord has prepared each one of us for what He prepared for us, to receive His blessings.

Our responsibility is to yield ourselves to Him daily, ponder His thoughts found in His Word (Psalm 92:5; Isaiah 55:8–9), and walk in His Spirit. God thinks of us every moment (Jeremiah 29:11)! Should we not think about Him? Should we ignore the Bible, His Word? Should we ignore our daily prayers? Think hard on what is important in life?
???

Like David, let's also ask God to search our heart, know our deep anxieties and concerns, forgive all who wronged us, and ask God to lead us in all that we do. We must be cautious as we examine ourselves because we do not even know our own hearts (Jeremiah 17:9). It is best to open God's Word, the Bible, daily and prayerfully let the Spirit search us and speak to us, for then we discover the truth. We must never dispute with God, for He loves us and wants only the very best for us.

·.·.·.·.·.·.·.·.·.·.·.·.·.·
Search me, O God, and know my heart today;
try me, O Saviour, know my thoughts, I pray.
See if there be some wicked way in me;
cleanse me from every sin and set me free.

Lord, take my life, and make it wholly thine;
fill my poor heart with thy great love divine.
Take all my will, my passion, self, and pride;
I now surrender, Lord-- in me abide.
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God Bless You!

- Bob, Bangalore! ?

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While preparing these notes, I had extensively referred to Matthew Henry's and Spurgeon's verse by verse classic comments for inspiration.
Read them, if you got time:
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Psalm 128

This Psalm gives us a test to find out whether we are living godly in Christ Jesus, vs 1,4. It says that if we indeed are, then what we earn will be enjoyed by us, vs 2, our wives/husbands will be fruitful, and our children will be immovable in righteousness, like an olive tree that has a stable life span, vs 3. Besides this, we will live to see the prosperity of God's house, because we ourselves invest in giving, praying, fasting and living for it's welfare, vs 5. And we will live to see our grandchildren, such that we can impart a blessing unto them too, vs 6! And above all, we will have peace, vs 6. This is true prosperity and is the portion of a man/woman who fears the Lord. Let us examine our lives and ensure that we are part of this elite group.

Psalm 129

This Psalm teaches us about the confidence that we can have before God in the face of unjust affliction. It begins by telling Israel to say out loud that though they had been afflicted many times right from their youth up, by the enemy plowing upon their backs and making lifelong wounds, yet their enemies were unable to prevail over them, vs 1- 3. This was because God who is righteous, prevented that from happening by cutting apart the cords of the wicked, vs 4. Further, he issues a decree stating that all those who hate Zion, (in today's setting we could apply that to mean the Church), should be confounded and retreat, vs 5; and be as grass that withers long before it grows to maturity, vs 6, so that, neither the reaper nor the gatherer is able to gather them into the barns, vs 7; and, so that, those who pass by will not pronounce a blessing over them in the Name of the Lord, vs 8! This Psalm serves as a guide or a pattern that depicts how a son/daughter of God (who walks righteously before Him, and is yet persecuted by unbelievers), can use their authority in Christ by means of their confession, and thwart the wicked plans of the enemy against them and allow God to deal with the same. Walking righteously before God and persistently confessing the Word of God, in faith, over distressing circumstances, is often the answer that enables us get mighty mountains move out of our way so that the purposes of God can be accomplished in our lives.
May our eyes be enlightened to this truth and may we experience the reality of it in the coming days, even as we exercise our authority in Christ with confidence, thus bringing glory to His Name!

Psalm 130

In this Psalm, the Psalmist comes before the Lord with heartfelt supplication, vs 1,2. However, before he begins to intercede, he understands that he has to remove his sins out of the way, vs 3. He is also assured that as he repents, God forgives, so that he may continue to walk in the fear of God, vs 4. After he does this, he then begins to wait hopefully for the Lord to fulfill His Word to him, more than the watchmen who watch for the morning , vs 5, 6; being confident that with the Lord is merciful and shall surely redeem Israel from all their iniquities, vs 7,8. What a beautiful way to approach God! Yes, we do have many needs to be met, but we will never be able to pray accurately in God's will, until we remove all conscious sin from our lives by repenting of the same and having faith in the power of Christ's blood to forgive and cleanse us completely from the same. Once we get this right then we can go on to present our supplications and intercession before God with confidence and in faith. God is looking for such faith, and eagerly awaits to speedily avenge us and make all things beautiful for us in His perfect timing, Luke 18:8!

Psalm 131

In this Psalm, David tells us about how he handles situations which are beyond his control to resolve, vs 1. He simply decides to put them in God's hands, while ensuring that the peace and rest in his heart is not disturbed, vs 2,3. He states that it is the business of proud, haughty/ arrogant people to try to solve problems at the cost of losing their peace and rest. He has, however, understood that if we are truly hoping in God in the right way, vs 3 then we will ensure to always be at rest, while placing the people and circumstances that our beyond our control into God's hands for Him to handle!

Psalm 132 :

A beautiful Psalm that tells us of the promises that God makes to David, even as David's heart is set on building a dwelling place for the Lord! David asks God to remember His afflictions and how he vowed to God that he would not enter his own home, or get into his bed to sleep or slumber until he found a fine dwelling place for the powerful ruler of Jacob, vs 1-5. They finally settled for the place in Ephrathah, in the territory of Jair, wherein to go and worship at the Lord's footstool, vs 6,7. Therein he invites the Lord and His ark to ascend and dwell, making it His permanent resting place on earth, vs 8. As a result, the priests will be clothed in righteousness and the saints will shout for joy, vs 9! And all this because David, his servant pleaded with God not to turn away His face from His anointed, vs 10! So, the Lord, Himself, swears back to David, with an unchangeable oath to keep David's sons upon the throne on the condition that they keep God's Covenant and His testimony, vs 11,12. And so, the Lord, Himself reciprocates by choosing Zion as His desired habitation, wherein He will rest and dwell forever, vs 13,14. And wherever, the Kingdom of God is present in power, there will always be Kingdom provision, and so, the poor will be satisfied with bread, spiritual as well as physical, vs 15, and her priests will be clothed with salvation and saints will burst forth with joy, vs 16! There He will make David's power to bud and his lamp to shine, vs 17! Thus, David's rule will be established, while his enemies will be clothed with shame, vs 18! When the house of God is given our heartfelt and first priority, Kingdom provision will always follow, although, we don't primarily look for the provision , but rather make 'seeking His Kingdom first' our magnificent obsession, Mathew 6:33! May it so be for each one of us!

Psalm 133 :

This Psalm tells us about the blessings that flows when brethren dwell together in unity. First of all, we experience goodness and pleasantness, vs 1. Next, flows the precious anointing that comes from our head, the Lord Jesus Christ, flowing right down to His Church, which is His body, vs 2. And, with this we also experience the freshness of dew, even the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion, and there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life forevermore, vs 3. So, if we want to experience the goodness of God, and a pleasantness in the atmosphere around us, as well as, the anointing of the Lord, coupled with a vibrant freshness that comes from being in His presence, then we need to strive to maintain the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace, Ephesians 4:3; both in our homes as well as in the body of Christ, no matter how others treat us! This can be achieved only when we walk worthy of the calling wherewith we have been called, with all lowliness and meekness,with longsuffering and bearing with one another in love; Ephesians 4: 1,2. Without seeking to be united with each other, with all our hearts, and without pursuing peace with everyone, and holiness, none will see the Lord, Hebrews 12:14; or experience His refreshing and anointed presence in our homes or Church meetings. Most often, only few members of the body of Christ do walk in such a manner. However, when each of us wholeheartedly seek to walk in such unity, God's presence will inevitably come in power and every yoke in our midst will be broken to the glory of God. So, we must be willing to pay the price and offer up our self life to death in obedience to God's commandments, if we want to be carriers of God's anointing and presence!


Psalm 134

This Psalm exhorts all the servants of the Lord who stand by night in the house of the Lord, to bless or praise the Lord, vs 1. Further, it exhorts these to do so in complete surrender, depicted by the lifting up of their hands in the sanctuary of the Lord, vs 2, which lends another dimension to their praise.
This results in the Lord, who made the heavens and the earth, to bless them out of Zion, vs 3. So, we learn from this Psalm how we, as servants of the Lord need to praise God, especially in the 'night' situations of our lives, doing so in complete trust and surrender. Those situations, wherein, inspite of us doing all we can to avoid them, they still cling to us! It is then that we need to embrace them as 'blessings in disguise' and, with the eyes of faith, begin worshipping and praising God, just like Paul and Silas did when they found themselves in the Macedonian prison in Acts 16:23-26, for no fault of theirs! And Jesus Christ, who is the same God, yesterday, today and forever, Hebrews 13:8, will do for us just what He did for them, loosing not only our bonds and chains, but that of those around us as well, to the glory and praise of His Name! Through Him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, acknowledging his Name.... for God is pleased with such sacrifices, Hebrews 13:15,16.
May God gives each one of us the grace to worship Him thus, in spirit and truth, that He is left with no option but to bless us out of Zion!

Psalm 135 :

The Psalmist, in this Psalm, exhorts the servants of the Lord to praise the Lord, for the Lord is good and because it is a pleasing thing to do, vs 1-3!
And why should they do so?
Simply because, God made Jacob/Israel His chosen and special possession, vs 4. And also because, we know that our God is great and superior to all other gods, vs 5, doing whatever He pleases in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all the ocean depths, vs 6! Further, He is worthy of our praise, because, being in control of the clouds, lightning, rain and winds, vs 7; He used them to perform awesome deeds and acts of judgment against Egypt, Pharaoh and all his servants, vs 9. He also struck down the firstborn of Egypt, including both men and animals, vs 8; and defeated many nations, and killed mighty kings in and around Canaan vs 10,11; and then gave their land to Israel and His people as an inheritance, 12; thus proving His Name to be enduring and His reputation to be lasting, vs13! Yes, He vindicates His people and has compassion on His servants, vs14! We also need to praise Him because He is not like the nation's idols that are man-made and that are made of silver and gold, vs 15, those who have mouths, eyes, ears and noses, but can neither speak, see, hear or breathe, vs 16,17! So, those who make them will end up like them, even as everyone who trusts in them also will, vs 18!
For all these marvelous acts, the family of Israel, the family of Aaron, the family of Levi and all the loyal followers of the Lord, are exhorted to praise the Lord, vs 19-21. Indeed, as we begin to praise God, in all our situations, we will truly be blessed.

Psalm 136 :

In this Psalm, the Psalmist lists the various reasons for which he exhorts us to give thanks unto the Lord, and he takes pains to underline it again and again that all these awesome acts of God only go to show that God's mercy endures forever, vs 1-26. To sum up, the Psalmist realises that God is worthy of our praise because He is both our Creator as well as our provider. And all these awesome acts that He does, so graciously, for us His people, (who actually deserve hellfire, because of our rebellion against Him), is nothing but a sign of His mercy towards us, which will endure forever! An eye opener, however, is the fact that in the New testament, we are asked to be merciful to others, just as our Heavenly Father has shown us mercy, Luke 6:36. And, some of the ways that we are told to do so is by loving our enemies, and doing good and lending, hoping for nothing again; knowing that our reward shall then be great, and we shall indeed seen to be the children of the Most High God, for He, Himself, is kind to the unthankful and to the evil, Luke 6:36, just like the above Psalm makes clear! So, may this Psalm inspire us to be ever so thankful to God for His great mercy towards us and in return go out and show the same mercy, that we have richly received to any and everyone who may be in need of it!

Psalm 137 :

This is a heart-rending Psalm! The Psalmist remembers the days of their captivity in Babylon during which they sat by the rivers of Babylon and wept, when they remembered Zion, vs 1. It was there that they hung their harps on the willow trees, vs 2. It is, indeed, heart-rending to have to relocate from one place to another, if you are not choosing to do so yourself, and even far more worse, when you are forced to relocate because you have been taken captive by an enemy! This was the plight that Israel was in and yet, there were required to sing the songs of Zion, by their captors, in the land of their captivity, vs 3. But they just couldn't get themselves to willingly sing the Lord's song in a strange land that had no idea of the laws and commandments of Zion, vs 4. Yet, they could never still their consciences so as to forget, Jerusalem, vs 5! Infact, they cursed themselves with a curse to the point of cutting off their right hand and wishing that their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths, if they forgot Jerusalem or did not give Jerusalem priority over whatever gave them the most joy, vs 6! They asked the Lord to remember the evil way in which the children of Edom wished Jerusalem be razed to the ground, on the day that Jerusalem fell to the sword of their captors, vs 7. Also, on remembering the harsh way in which the Babylonians treated them in that day, by dashing their little ones against the stones, they feel assured that Babylon shall inevitably face destruction, on that account, and that those who destroy Babylon, shall indeed, be filled with joy, vs 8,9! We learn from this Psalm that judgment will definitely come to God's people who walk in continued disobedience to His commandments. We also learn that there is a difference between being punished by the Lord for our sin, as against being pruned by the Lord inorder to bear more fruit! However, even though God may use a people who are far more evil than us to punish us for our disobedience, yet, those who treat God's people with such ruthless hardness, will also be disciplined by the Lord through another source in due season! For there will indeed be indignation, wrath,
tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, but glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good...for there is no partiality with God, Romans 2:8-11. So, let us be zealous to work our our salvation, by God's grace, in fear and trembling, while we still have the time, Philippians 2:12, being fully assured that what we sow we will surely reap, Galatians 6:7.

Psalm 138 :

In this beautiful Psalm, the Psalmist is determined to praise God with his whole heart in the midst of all the other so-called gods of fear, anxiety, doubt, despair and the like, vs 1. Fixing his vision towards God's holy temple he is determined to worship the God above all gods for His loving kindness and for His Word which is truth, and which He has magnified above all His Name, vs 2. For in the day he cried out to the Lord, the Lord answered him and strengthened his soul, vs 3. Now he is assured that all the kings of the earth would praise the Lord too, when they hear His Words of truth, that set free from all bondage, as against the lies of all the other so-called gods, vs 4! Yes, they shall sing of the ways/deeds of the Lord, for His goodness is magnificent and worth singing about vs 5; and though the Lord is high and lifted up, yet He regards the humble in spirit, while the proud of heart He knoweth from afar, vs 6! And so, though the humble walk in the midst of trouble, He will revive them and deliver them by stretching forth his hand against the wrath of their enemies, vs 7, and will perfect that which concerns them too, for His mercy endureth forever, and He will never abandon His humble followers, vs 8. From this Psalm, we learn the importance of worshipping God with a humble spirit, because it proves that we fear God enough, so as to refrain from taking the judgment of our enemies in our own hands. And instead, as we cry out to Him and continue standing firm, in obedience to God's Word, He Himself regards us and takes up our case in due season so as to avenge us and deliver us from the wrath of all those who oppress us. For eventually, just as the Word says, 'The meek will inherit the earth', Mathew 5:5!

Psalm 139

This Psalm talks about the individual attention that God gave when creating each one of us and the individualistic manner in which He watches over us too, all the days of our lives! It is only when we believe this to be so, can we come to perfect rest in God's perfect love for us. At the end of the Psalm, David asks the Lord to search him and try him, in order to know his heart and thoughts, so as to find any wicked way in him, and so lead him in the everlasting way, vs 23,24. However, he begins the Psalm by saying that God has already searched him and known him, vs1. He realises that God is well aware of his sitting downs, rising ups, lying downs and even the thoughts that go through his mind, even before he, himself, even thinks about them, vs 2,3! Even the words he is about to speak are known by God before he can utter them, vs 4. The Lord goes before him, after him and has His hand upon His life too, vs 5! This revelation that David has received about the Lord, is simply too much for him to take in, vs 6! He realises that no matter where he is, God's spirit and presence would always be there with him, vs 7. Be it heaven or hell itself, vs 8; good times or distressing ones, vs 9; even there, God is ever ready to lead and hold him everytime HE ASKS God to do so, vs 10. Even darkness and night flee as the presence of God comes to help David, vs 11; for darkness and light are both alike to God, vs 12!
Infact, he realises that God had known him even while he was in his mother's womb, vs 13; and it was God who actually knit him together there, in a most careful and wonderful way, even when it was a secret to everyone who was around at that time! This revelation, makes him praise God for this amazing marvel, vs 14,15. And the best part of all, is that, even before he was fully formed, every detail of all the days that he was expected to live, were carefully noted down in the book that God had specially written about him, vs 16! And, as if all this wasn't enough, he realises that, even now, God is continually thinking about him, vs 17. Trying to count the numerous thoughts that God thinks about him daily, would be as impossible as trying to count the sands on the seashore, vs 18! As he ponders thus about God's love for him, it gives him the assurance that God will slay the wicked who are seeking his life, vs 19; for they give a wrong impression about God by their words and lives, vs 20. And now, he hates them too, being grieved by their behaviour, because they dishonor and hate God, vs 21, 22. Yet, he ends the Psalm, by humbly asking God to search him out for any mistake that he may be making in hating such people vs 23,24! So, we see that since God loves us so much, we can safely entrust our lives into His loving hands and continue in well doing, even towards those who cause us much hurt and harm, and so go on to fulfilling His perfect will for our lives, even as He has recorded in His book! For all our efforts to subdue our enemies in unrest will only prevent us from completing, both, the life in Christlikeness, as well as, the calling that God has called us to fulfill before we leave this earth!

Psalm 140 :

This is a Psalm in which the Psalmist explains how he deals with wicked and violent men who plan ways to harm him and stir up conflicts with him, vs 1,2,4.
They are those whose tongues wound like a serpent and have a viper's venom behind their lips, vs 3. These are proud and evil men, who hide a snare for him and spread a net/trap by the path, vs 5. They use their lips to slander him and spoil his reputation, vs 9,11. So how does the Psalmist react to all this? Does he retaliate on his own and repay them with 'evil for evil'. No, not at all! Instead, he consistently cries out to the Lord for deliverance, vs 1,4,6,7. He asks the Lord to stop the wicked from having their own way and to prevent any of their plans from succeeding, vs 8; He also wishes that the harm done by their lips will overwhelm them ultimately, vs 9; and that God will rain down fiery coals upon them, and throw them into the fire, such that they do not escape from the bottomless pits, vs10! He is assured that because of their slander, they will not endure on the earth and calamity will hunt and strike them down, vs 11. And yes, he is also assured that the Lord will ultimately defend the cause of the oppressed and will vindicate the poor, vs 12. This will result in the godly having an opportunity to thank Him and will enable the morally upright to live in His presence, vs 13. Of course, since we live under the New Covenant, we should not desire an evil end for our oppressors, but rather give them over into the Lord's hands for the destruction of their flesh and salvation of their bodies, 1 Corinthians 5:5. Further, we also need to forgive them wholeheartedly, just as God in Christ forgave us, Ephesians 4:32. But, yes, we must commit them into the Lord's hands, who judges righteously, if they are unwilling to be reconciled with us, just like Jesus did, 1 Peter 2:23, and continue to lay down our lives for them in the meantime, which will ultimately end in us being a blessing to many, just like Jesus' life still is!

Rowena Thomas
Mumbai, India.

Monday, 17 February 2020 19:34

Psalm 128 to 140

ZION
[Ps 128- 140 Focus: Ps 132:13]

For the LORD has CHOSEN Zion; He has DESIRED it for His dwelling place [Ps 132:13]

Zion = tsı̂yôn = parched place [BDB]

? Interesting that God desired, coveted & chose a parched place to be His dwelling place. A parched place is a place which has not received rain, so the soil is hard & cracked, barren… so symbolic of what sin does to our hearts.

? We come to Jesus like parched, barren, rocky land. He delights to come and make His habitation in the barrenness of our hearts. [Rf Is 57:12]
?The parched arid desert of our hearts receives the rain of His Spirit. [Rf Is 44: 3-4]
?Dormant seed stretches with life…
?Barrenness is transformed into the Garden of the Lord as the parched desert land bursts into bloom revealing the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God. [Rf Is 51:3, Is 35:2] Then

A related word to Zion is tsı̂yûn which means waymark, signpost, monument – something nomads in the desert look to find their way

We come to Jesus as tsı̂yôn (parched place), He transforms us into Eden, and we become a tsı̂yûn pointing others to Him… Our transformed lives testify to the Resurrection Power of Christ… we can talk theology as much as we want…BUT… finally, it is only as people see & taste the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives, that they will know with certainty that CHRIST LIVES…

Thank You Lord Jesus for quenching the thirsting of my heart. Thank You for transforming the barren wilderness of my heart into a fruit-bearing garden… May my heart delight Your soul and point others to You – so that they too might enjoy the waterfall of Your Grace. Amen.

Alice D.


[9:17 pm, 07/03/2020] Leenu Binny: Psalms: 128 -- 140

Simple thoughts for
? deeper meditation.

Psalm: 139 : 1, 2

" You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You
know when I sit and when I
rise; You perceive my thoughts afar"

In Psalm 139 David
describes that God is Omniscient, ( all knowing) Omnipresent,
(everywhere- present) and
Omnipotent ( all powerful)
⚡ Like a potter, God shaped man from clay and
breathed into him the breath
of life ( Gen: 2:7) Humans are the only creatures privileged to have the breath
of God. Setting apart from
other creatures, only
humans are created" in the
image of God "( Gen: 1:27 )
⚡ Each person is a unique
individual possessing the
mental, emotional, and spiritual consciousness of
our Creator and the capacity
to have a personal
relationship with Him.
⚡ We can praise our Creator in confidence because we know His works
are wonderful. Psalm 139
says He knows what we are
going to say and what we
are thinking.We can't escape His presence and He planned our earthly existence before we were
born.
⚡ God knows us thoroughly
as we go about our everyday
works at different locations
and situations. He does not
abandon us or forget us. He
is not so busy to neglect us.
Even when we are in trouble or in difficult circumstances
of " darkness and night" we
are not hidden from His
presence. This truth gives us such hope and assurance that we can praise the Lord
who has carefully made us
and leads us through life.
⚡ Let us join David as he
praises God for all His precious thoughts about us
and all He has done for us,
when he says, " How precious to me are your
thoughts, God ! How vast
is the sum of them.! Were I
count them, they would
outnumber the grains of
sand" ( Psa: 139: 17-18 )

? No matter where you are-
God knows about you.
?The God who created the
Universe is the God who
loves you .

Dr. Thomas David.?
[9:17 pm, 07/03/2020] Leenu Binny: Ps 130 :1-2 From the depths of despair O lord I call for Your help ,hear my cry,O lord ,Pay attention to my prayer.

The psalmist was in great trouble and affliction and utterly at a loss what to do, his spirit was low and dark,sinking and drooping,cast down and disquieted .But in greatest despair ,it was David 's priviledge to cry to the lord.Jermiah should have cried in despair in the dungeon,Daniel should have cried in fear in the lion's den and Jonah should have cried in despair in the fish belly.

Similarly,I too cried to the lord in fear and despair when I had to be in charge of a task in my place of work many years back,and the task was huge and risky.One of the schemes in the mutual fund was closed abruptly and the investors had to take back the money which was less than what they had invested.God helped me to face the angry investors and I was able to testify to my colleagues that God was helping me .I along with others worked for long hours and a month passed ,everything was moving smoothly .God name was glorified .I cried to the lord for a change ,and after a month I was given another task.

When we continue calling upon God in faith for an answer ,like David who prayed in distress,God hears our cry ,our prayer and sends help .His power can save us.He shows His mercy when we are in trouble and shows His care,love and goodness.God's name is glorified.

Cynthia Sathiaraj
Chennai
[9:17 pm, 07/03/2020] Leenu Binny: SHALOM ?
Blessed to be a Blessing to the Blessed People?‍?‍?‍?

? Psalm 139
This psalm is an intimate prayer of David wherein he stresses that the Lord is Omniscient and knows everything , as well as Omnipresent - he is everywhere. This psalm is a complete package of attributing God's Character :
} GOD'S OMNISCIENCE ( v 1-6 )
} GOD'S OMNIPRESENCE ( v 7-12 )
} GOD'S OMNIPOTENCE ( 13-18 )
} GOD'S HOLINESS ( v 19-24 )

I am Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

David , who knew that Yahweh is Omniscient and Omnipotent, made a conversation with Him through an intimate prayer. And he begins and ends his prayer with "His Searching and Knowing" ( Search me.. Know me.. ) . The One who created David also knows every detail about David's life :
~ You created my inmost being . v 13
~ You knit me together in my mother's womb. v 13
~ He carefully planned David's lifeline . v 15
~ Your eyes saw my unformed body. v 16

Let us go back to the Creation Events :
> From DAY 1 to DAY 6 we can see that God spoke ( Let there be.. ) and things ( light , water , land , fish , birds , animals etc ) were created.
> But God did not speak while creating man ( Let there be man ) but He discussed and said " Let US make man in our image".. ✒ Gen 1:26 . Many believes that the word US refers to Trinity. Human beings are a special creation because we are created in God's image. For it involves God the Father , God the Son and God the Spirit. David knew it and said , "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made ; your works are wonderful "✒ v 14
?David knows that he he does not exist by accident and that his life has a purpose .

? Yes , you and me are not an accident. We were planned and designed by God . He planned our lives and continues to form us into His own image ✒ Rom 8:29 ; Eph 1:4-6

? This psalm reminds that every human being is precious to God - and so must be precious to us.
? We must uphold the God- given value of everyone and respect the image of God in each person

? Beloved , we are special in God's sight . Ezekiel recorded God's love and concern : "For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone ; Repent and Live" ✒ 18:32
Let us consider our ways and "offer our bodies as living sacrifices , holy and pleasing to God.." ✒ Rom 12:1

? Lord, you have made me perfect just the way I am . I praise you for your work . I rejoice in the love and care that brought me into being

Glory to God?
✍? Mark Boje, ArP?
[9:17 pm, 07/03/2020] Leenu Binny: ?? 240 ??? 240 ??

Bible on 240 days 17-2-2020

Psalm 128-140

??‍♂ Journey through Psalms ??‍♂

Psalm 128 - The real secret of a blessed home is to Fear the Lord and Walk in God's ways. The head of such a home will be blessed and he will prosper. His wife will be faithful and fruitful within the house (she will not be like a faithless wife whose feet never stays at home). The comparison to vine and olive trees is because wine and olive oil played a central role for the Israelites. The family meal was a joyful occasion when the whole family sat around a table and enjoyed their food. Unbroken prosperity, secure relationship with God and secure national existence was the benediction pronounced for such a family.

Psalm 129 - Israel prays in this Psalm for the continued withering of all powerful enemies. The wicked oppressors never prevailed. From their slavery in Egypt Israel faced much hardships. But no power could totally destroy Israel and hold her permanently in bondage. They desired their enemies to be put to shame.

??‍♂ Psalm 130 - This Psalm was a testimony to trust in the Lord by one who knows that even though he is a sinner, the Lord hears his cry out of the depths. Israel is encouraged to put their trust in the Lord with whom is unfailing love and redemption.

Psalm 131 - This is a humble confession that the Psalmist is not proud or haughty. He was not claiming God like powers. He was trusting God for deliverance and blessing rather than claiming God like understanding.

Psalm 132 - This prayer was an appeal to find a place for the Lord and bring the ark to its resting place. He would not rest till this vow is fulfilled. The Lord enthroned in His resting place will bless the land making it a place of rest for His people. The Lord will bless them with surplus provisions and the poor will be satisfied. The priests would be clothed with salvation and her saints would ever sing for joy.

??‍♂ Psalm 133 - A song in praise of brotherly unity among God's people. The oil of Aaron's annointing signifies his total consecration to holy service. Similarly brotherly harmony sanctified God's people.

Psalm 134 - The Levites kept the temple watch through the night. This Psalm is a brief exchange between the worshippers as they are about to leave the temple after the evening service. The departing worshippers call on the Levites to continue to praise the Lord through the night. One of the Levites pronounced the benediction, May the Lord the maker of heaven and earth bless you from Zion.

Psalm 135 - This Psalm is a call to praise the Lord, the true God; Lord of all creation, Lord over all the nations and Israel's Redeemer. It is a recital of God's saving acts for Israel in Egypt and Canaan. The central reason to praise the Lord is because He is good and He has chosen Israel to be His treasured possession. The Psalm ends with a call to all assembled at the temple to praise the Lord.

??‍♂ Psalm 136 - This Psalm is praise to the Lord as Creator, for deliverance of Israel out of Egypt, for the desert journey (v16), and for the conquest of Canaan (v17-22). The final thanks for the God of heaven was for remembering them in their low estate, freeing them from their enemies and for being their great Provider.

Psalm 137 - A sorrowful song of the exiles who had recently returned from Babylon. They think of the days they sat by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and groaned for their separation from Zion. The joyful harps were silent. They remembered the Edomites who wished for the downfall of Jerusalem, and the Babylonians who were extremely cruel even to the women and children. Israel wished for the downfall of Babylon.

Psalm 138 - A royal song of praise for God's saving help against threatening foes. God's display of His love and faithfulness can be seen in His answers to prayer and His promises are very precious. God's words and ways are inseparable and they display His glory and His purposes are fulfilled in the lives of His people.

??‍♂ Psalm 139 - This Psalm ends with a beautiful prayer: Search me O God and know my heart today. Try me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there be any wicked way in me. Cleanse me and lead me in the way everlasting. Nothing can be hid from God. He knows every thought, word and deed and He knows every one right from the mother's womb. We are fearfully and wonderfully created and His thoughts towards us are precious.

Psalm 140 - This Psalm is a prayer for deliverance from the enemies. The Lord upholds the cause of the needy. Only the righteous and upright can praise God and live before Him.

Mrs Caroline Chellappa ?
Chennai
[9:17 pm, 07/03/2020] Leenu Binny: THE DIVINE PROVIDENCE

I know that the Lord is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods.

The Lord does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths

He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth; He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.
Psalm 135:5‭-‬7

The psalmist sings of the greatness of God in many psalms

?He sees God's providence in nature and among all His creations and praises Him for His power and might.

?Though the word Providence " is not found in most modern translations of the Bible, it permeates the pages of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation
.
? Providence is defined in our English dictionary as the act of seeing and providing or preparing for the future.

? Biblically providence refers to God's foresight and power to watch over, protect and provide for all His creatures.

? God's providence is one aspect of His grace.

? God's providence teaches us several important truths.

1⃣ First, God cares about the tiniest detail of life. Nothing escapes His notice for He is concerned about the small as well as the big.

He knows when a sparrow falls.
He keeps track of stars in the skies.
He numbers the hair in our head.

2⃣ Second, He is in charge of how everything turns out
. There are no accidents with God, only incidents.

3⃣ Third, God's ultimate purpose is to shape His children into the image of Jesus Christ

He often uses difficult moments and tragedies to accomplish that purpose.

We may plan many things for our future and our family. But only whatever the Lord has predestined and planned will happen in the life of His children according to His will
.
Proverbs 16: 9 says "In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps",

Psalm 115: 3 says "Our God is in heaven, He does whatever pleases Him."

We see in the lives of Joseph, David and Paul that all the incidences happened at the "right moment"
and just the "right way" so that in the end everything came out the way God had ordained in the beginning.

That is the providence of God in action.

Dear friends,

God is in-charge of everything in our lives...
? what happens
? when it happens
? how it happens,
? why it happens and even
what happens after.

He is in charge of the
? "fair and the unfair",
? the "good and the bad"

Let us trust Him and submit to His sovereignty.

This trust helps us to believe in God even in the midst of many adversities.

Manjula Premraj, Chennai


[9:17 pm, 07/03/2020] Leenu Binny: Day 121 psalm 128 to 140
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Psalm 131:1–2
“My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content”

Psalm 131 is one of the shortest psalm.
?Even though this psalm has only 3 verses, there are more to learn from this Psalm.

? This Psalm points to a different kind of experience of prayer and Humility.

Here David is sharing his own experiences as an encouragement.

He wants us to know that he was ? NOT PROUD with all his success, power, prestige and NOT ARROGANT to anyone.

? David chose to “calm and quiet” his soul.

? He wanted to walk with God with childlike trust.

?Here he came to a point where he recognizes his utter helplessness, and his complete unworthiness.

❓❓ Is our soul quiet today or disturbed?
?One of the most precious experiences in life is to quiet our soul in God’s presence.

Those ? who practice humility before the Lord finds happiness and rest.
?But when we are proud in our hearts,...
? ………… when we are arrogant in our attitude towards others, ………
?………….. when we demand to be like God and know it all, …………
?………… our hearts are restless and frustrated.

? Practice humility. Be at peace.. Live in hope.
Jooley Mathew


THE LORD WILL PERFECT THAT WHICH CONCERNS ME .

Psalm 138 : 7 , 8 .Though l walk in the midst of trouble , you will revive me . You shall stretch forth your hand against the wrath of my enemies and your right hand shall save me . The Lord will perfect that which concerns me . .

Yes, there is a good news here for us , who are going through the midst of trouble . Let us meditate these words and receive deliverance .

1. Though l walk in the midst of trouble - David is praising God and magnifying God all the time . But still he is in the midst of trouble . That means , there is trouble all around him . Today we may be facing situations of trouble in our life too . But we have a good news . Let us see what it is ?

2 . You will revive me - Our Lord is the God who revives us . The Spirit of the Lord will revive our dried bones and dried soul . Today , if our life is in the midst of trouble , let us not be worried . Believe that our Lord will revive us and give us new strength , new life and increase our faith and revive us .

3 . He is saying that ,He will stretch His hand against the wrath of our enemies . So , we need not stretch our hands against our enemies and He will save us with His right hand . Let us praise God for the mighty right hand of our Saviour ..

4 . Not only that , the Lord will perfect all that which concerns us .Our God is good . He knows our trials , troubles , sorrows and sufferingso and needs .He is El Roi and He sees all our troubles and needs . He is Jehovah Jireh and provides all our needs . So we need not worry .We should be 100% sure and believe , that He will perfect all that concerns us . We see in Ruth 3 : 18 that Naomi is telling Ruth about Boaz that this man will not be in rest until he has finished the thing this day . But our Lord Jesus , our heavenly Boaz already won our enemy on the cross and now is pleading for us in the presence of the father and He will surely perfect all that is concering us . Let us praise Him with this faith .

Let us run our race with this faith , with peace and confidence in our heart . Let us praise Him for all the troubles from which He is going to deliver us . and thank God for reviving our soul . May God help each one of us according to the above words . Amen . Hallelujah .

Dr . Padmini Selvyn .


✈ My Journey Thus Far ✈

Flown have 120 days so quickly;
Reading Bible in 240 days program.
Each day with His Word indeed;
Unforgettable down memory lane.

Umpteen times Genesis have read;
Fresh and new is His Word daily.
Creation accounts amazing still;
Noah's Ark fascinates endlessly.

Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph;
Challenge me to trust Him always.
Jochebed, Aaron, Moses, Miriam;
Faith, dedication a sweet aroma.

Heart heavy as ended Pentateuch;
To leave Moses and erring Israelites.
Each day with Him and His Word;
Was but a cool breezy walk.

Hannah and her prayers at His feet;
Make me weep and pray more.
Samson and Solomon with downfall;
Are red flags not to give in to lust.

Samuel, Nathan, Elijah, Elisha;
Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Esther, Ruth.
David, Hezekiah, Josiah, Asa;
Speak volumes of trusting Him.

Bible is only Book while reading;
Its Author sits happily with us.
Each day with His Word is a journey;
Of faith with Him who loves us forever.

All it takes is firm commitment;
Little effort to read the day's portion.
Better late to start now than never;
Worthy is reading His Word daily.

Mrs Sheela Jebakumar 
Everyday Bible Devotion



You Have Searched Me and Know Me
PSALM 139

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made
Psalm 139:14a NIV

Life is sacred, because we are all fearfully and wonderfully made! There are so many good verses in this chapter 139 that reveal the truth about us. Read them all, and meditate upon it.

David declared that God is present at conception and birth, because we are all made in the image of God and God has a special purpose for each person who is born. We live in and with our bodies all our lives, and we know how amazing they are. God formed us as He wants us to be, and we must accept His will no matter how we feel about our genetic structure, our looks, or our abilities.

God cared intimately for each of us long before we were even created. It is perhaps the most powerful argument for the sacredness of life in the entire Bible. It speaks of a God who knew us, formed us, and gave us life long before we actually saw the light of the day. 

What we think about God and our relationship to Him determines what we think about everything else that makes up our busy world — other people, the universe, God’s Word, God’s will, sin, faith, and obedience.

Wrong ideas about God will ultimately lead to wrong ideas about who we are and what we should do, and these leads to a wrong life on the wrong path toward the wrong destiny. In other words, theology — the right knowledge of God — is essential to a fulfilled life in this world. David contemplated God and wrote us a psalm whose message can only encourage us to be in a right relationship with Him. ✝

This Psalm is about poetry and love and the faith that God has created us as special and unique ones. It's a reminder once again that each one of us, male or female, have been lovingly created or made in God's image — and because of that, every person, every life has dignity! This Psalm sings the omniscience and omnipresence of God. We cannot escape Him. The writer marvels at the omnipresence of God even in the most secret of places and praise God for His vast knowledge of the future. 

 Why should we want to run away and hide?
 Adam and Eve tried it and failed (Genesis 3:8),
 and so did the prophet Jonah, who only went from bad to worse.
We need God’s presence with us if we want to enjoy His love and fulfil His purposes.
(See Isaiah 43:1–7
Psalm 23:4
Matthew 28:19–20)

God is present everywhere, and all sinners need to be aware of that. There is no way any wrongdoer could run away and hide from Him. We are all being watched 24/7. For all those who do the right things, there is nothing to fear. Why does God's light has to monitor us all time? Because He desires that we all lead a sinless life, conforming to His standards. It's then easier to confess to Him all wrongs, and be cured, be free of all sins.

 Our friends see the outside, but God sees the intentions of our heart, and we cannot deceive Him. Before us...
a) Adam and Eve tried it (Genesis 3:7–24)
b) Cain tried it (Genesis 4:1–15), and
c) even David tried it (2 Samuel 11—12),
and all of them discovered that God knew all about them. He knows our actions, our locations, our thoughts and words, our ways and our motives.

All things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
Hebrews 4:13 NKJV

Even more, for all true believers, He knows what is best for us and does all He can to guide us that way. So God’s knowledge and guidance are for our protection. What should be our response to this? We should be overwhelmed by the height and depth of God’s knowledge and be thankful that He knows us perfectly, in and out.

Often, we don't have time for anything spiritual and tend to invent excuses. Now how can we ignore God when He has given us such a marvellous body, soul, spirit, and planned for us a wonderful life? Life is not a prison; it is an exciting pilgrimage, and the Lord has prepared each one of us for what He prepared for us, to receive His blessings.

Our responsibility is to yield ourselves to Him daily, ponder His thoughts found in His Word (Psalm 92:5; Isaiah 55:8–9), and walk in His Spirit. God thinks of us every moment (Jeremiah 29:11)! Should we not think about Him? Should we ignore the Bible, His Word? Should we ignore our daily prayers? Think hard on what is important in life?
???

Like David, let's also ask God to search our heart, know our deep anxieties and concerns, forgive all who wronged us, and ask God to lead us in all that we do. We must be cautious as we examine ourselves because we do not even know our own hearts (Jeremiah 17:9). It is best to open God's Word, the Bible, daily and prayerfully let the Spirit search us and speak to us, for then we discover the truth. We must never dispute with God, for He loves us and wants only the very best for us.

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Search me, O God, and know my heart today;
try me, O Saviour, know my thoughts, I pray.
See if there be some wicked way in me;
cleanse me from every sin and set me free.

Lord, take my life, and make it wholly thine;
fill my poor heart with thy great love divine.
Take all my will, my passion, self, and pride;
I now surrender, Lord-- in me abide.
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God Bless You!

- Bob, Bangalore! 

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While preparing these notes, I had extensively referred to Matthew Henry's and Spurgeon's verse by verse classic comments for inspiration.
Read them, if you got time:
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https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/spurgeon_charles/tod/ps139.cfm

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Thursday, 06 February 2020 15:34

119:57 to 127 - COnt

Psalm 119 : 41-80.

The Psalmist realises that when He knows and trusts in the Word of God, mercy and salvation shall follow him and he will have an answer to give those who reproach him, vs 41,42. He realises the power there is in consistently speaking God's Word aloud, just because he believes in it, for in this way he will be enabled to keep God's law for ever, vs 43,44, and be set free increasingly from all sin, vs 45. He will speak of God's testimonies unashamedly, even before kings, vs 46, and he will surrender himself, delight in and meditate on God's statutes and commandments because he loves them, vs 47,48. In times of affliction, God's Word has been his comfort and encouragement. He reminds God to fulfill His Word to him, for he has put his hope in it, vs 49,50. He has been tempted by proud people to disobey God's law, however, he refrained from doing so, vs 51. On the contrary, he reminds himself of God's judgments and is comforted by the same , vs 52. He is horrified to observe how wicked people forsake God's law, vs 53, but as for him, he writes songs based on God's statutes in order to sing them in the house of God, vs 54.
Keeping the law and precepts of God, have enabled him to remember the Name of the Lord in the 'night' time or times of darkness, vs 55,56. He asks God to be merciful to him for he has made God his portion, by promising to keep God's Words and by entreating God's favour with his whole heart, vs 57,58. When the wicked rob him, he hastens to consider his ways and reminds Himself of God's law and obey God's testimonies and commandments, instead of paying back evil for evil, vs 59-61; and so, is assured of God's deliverance. He, therefore, rises up at midnight to give thanks unto the Lord for His righteous judgments, vs 62. His closest companions are those who fear God, vs 63. He asks God to teach him His statutes, because he has found God to be merciful and good and one who does only good, and is faithful to His Word, vs 64,65,68. By believing and keeping God's Word, he expects to learn good judgment and knowledge, vs 66; for it was only after God afflicted him that he stopped going astray and began to keep God's Word, vs 67, 71. So now, even when proud people lie against him and have hearts that are hardened, he continues to delight in God's laws and keep God's precepts wholeheartedly, vs 69,70. For he has found from experience that the law of God's mouth is better to him than thousands of gold and silver, vs 72! He understands that it is because God has made him, it is only God who would be able to give him commandments that would protect and bless him, vs 73. When others who fear God see him, they are glad to see him hoping in God's Word, and so, will befriend him, vs 74, 79. He realises that God has afflicted him because of his righteousness and faithful judgments, vs 75. He pleads that God's merciful kindness would comfort him during such times, vs 76,77. The proud who have dealt treacherously with him, without a cause will be put to shame eventually, but he will not be put to shame only because he is determined to continue to mediate on God's precepts and be fully committed to God's statutes, vs 78,80. So, we see that it is only the knowledge, love and wholehearted obedience to God's Word that can keep us away from sin and the resulting judgment that is bound to catch up with those who choose to be ignorant and disobedient to the precious Word of God.

Psalm 119 : 81-120.

In these verses of Psalm 119, it becomes evident that the Psalmist is in the midst of an internal battle that he is fighting within his soul and he is very honest with God about it. He is desperately waiting for God's deliverance, and inspite of waiting according to God's Word, he seems tired of waiting for the fulfillment of God's promises to him, and the comfort that comes along with it, vs 81,82. He has reached a point where he feels completely drained out, yet he chooses not to forget God's statutes, vs 83. He wonders aloud how long he will have to endure the destructive schemes of the arrogant who pursue him, without a cause, and seek his destruction, till God judges them? He cries out to God for help, asking God to revive him on account of God's faithfulness, even as he is refuses to reject God's precepts and confesses that they are reliable, vs 84-88. He is assured that God's commandments will endure forever and His faithfulness through all generations, just as the earth stand firm in obedience to all God's commands, vs 89-91. He asks God to deliver Him, because he belongs to the Lord and proves so by seeking out and remembering God's precepts which have been a source of encouragement to him and have often revived him, and without which he would have died in his sorrow, vs 92-94. Even when the wicked prepare to kill him, he seeks to confront them by using God's testimonies as his weapons, as he has found them to exceed perfection, vs 95,96. Therefore, he loves God's law and proves so by making it his meditation all day long, vs 97. And as a result of meditating and obeying God's commandments, just as God has taught him to, he has become wiser than his enemies, has more understanding than his teachers and even those older than him in age and his feet have been kept from doing evil, vs 98-102. Even so, God's Word has become sweeter than honey to his mouth. It is lamp to his feet and a light unto his path which gives him understanding and keeps him from every false way, vs 103-105. So, although he is afflicted very much by the wicked who have laid a snare for him, he pleads with God to revive him according to His Word, even as he binds himself with an oath to keep God's righteous judgments and offer freewill offerings with his mouth, while never forgetting God's law or erring from His precepts, vs 106-110,112. God's testimonies are his heritage and the rejoicing of his heart, vs 111. He loves them deeply and will not permit any thoughts that contradict them to cloud his mind, vs 113! They have become his hiding place and shield by which he wards off his enemies who tempt him to disobey God's Word, vs 114, 115. He asks God to uphold him and keep him safe that he may live and not be put to shame so that he can continue to respect God's statutes, vs 116, 117. He trembles with fear as he is reminded of how God is going to judge those who stray away from His Word, and so, have become deceitful and unreliable and whom God will eventually put away from the earth like dross, vs 118-120. All the verses of this Psalm just show us how much the Psalmist struggled over a very long period of time
to consistently walk in obedience to the laws of God, even when sorely tempted by wicked and arrogant people. What an example for us to follow! It is no wonder that God could use such a person to become a blessing to many for generations to come!

Psalm 119 : 121-160

In these verses the Psalmist repeats many of the petitions that he has already made earlier to the Lord, which goes to show that he is earnestly pouring out his heart to God for deliverance from his oppressors, as well as for help to obey God's Word and so avoid sinning, even when he is sorely tempted to do so, vs 121-125. He reminds God that it is time for Him to destroy the sinners who do not obey His law and who persecute him and knowing that destruction will be their end, if they don't repent, he, himself chooses to loves and esteems God's commandments and precepts, valuing them above gold and so hating every false way, vs 126-128,157. He says that God's testimonies and Word are wonderful, very pure and give enlightenment and understanding, therefore, he loves them and longs to know and obey them, vs 129-131,140,159. He pleads with God to have mercy on him, to deliver him and order his steps in line with His Word, so that sin will not have dominion over him and for God to make His face to shine upon him and to teach him His statutes as well, vs 132-135. He even weeps at the thought of those who do not obey God's law, vs 136,139,158. He reckons that because God is righteous, so also are all his testimonies and judgments righteous and everlasting and His law is truth, and gives understanding and cause those who obey them to live, vs 137,138,142,144,152,160. Even though he is small and despised and troubled and in anguish, yet, he refuse to forget God's precepts, and delights in God's commandments, vs 141,143.
Rising up before dawn, he pleads with God to hear His wholehearted cry and preserve his life, thus enabling him to keep God's statutes and testimonies, vs 145-147,149. He even waits for the night watches, so that he can meditate on God's Word during that time, vs148! He pleads with God to hear him, and revive him once again, because of God's great love and mercy, vs 149,153,154,156; and because those that are far from God and are eager to do wrong, pursue him, vs 150. Nevertheless, he is assured that God is near to him, because he obeys God's Word which embodies the whole truth, and that salvation is far from the wicked, because they seek not His statutes, vs 151,155. It seems like God definitely had a very good purpose for allowing one that had such wholehearted zeal to know, meditate and obey His Word to go through such a painful ordeal over such a very long period of time, and also for delaying the justice that is due to him too! It is because before He can entrust us with His authority and power, he tests us to see whether we will value His Word, and obey it wholeheartedly, even if we get nothing in return for doing so, but only because we love and trust Him completely!

Psalm 119 : 161-176

As we go through the last 16 verses of this Psalm, we observe, yet again, the value, devotion and loyalty that the Psalmist places on the commandments, statutes, testimonies, laws and precepts of the Word of God! He says that his heart stands in awe of God's Word even when princes have persecuted him without a cause, vs 161! God's Word brings him joy, vs 162; enables him to hate lying, vs 163; induces a spirit of praise within him on account of God's righteous judgments, vs 164; gives him great peace and helps him to overcome offence, vs 165; as well as, gives him the hope of salvation, vs 166! Because of his great love for God's law, he obeys it's precepts and testimonies and so has nothing to hide or conceal, vs 167,168. He tells God that whenever he cries out to God for help that God should answer him by giving him understanding according to His Word, 169; and whenever he makes special requests, that his deliverance should also be in accordance with God's Word, vs 170. He will praise God aloud whenever God teaches Him His statutes, vs 171; and he shall share God's Word to others because all God's commandments are righteous, vs 172. He has the boldness to draw near to God for help and salvation, only because he has chosen to live by God's precepts and God's law, vs 173,174. He even desires to be alive, just so that he can praise God and be helped by God's righteous judgments, vs 175.
Finally, he pleads with God to seek him out, as one would a lost sheep, whenever he goes astray, because he has chosen not to forget God's commandments, vs 176. What is then the outcome of placing such a high value on God's precepts, laws and commandments? Isaiah 66:1,2 tells us that God's attention will be.drawn to such a person, and even though heaven is His throne and earth is His footstool, yet He will find a place to dwell, inhabit or rest, even in such a man/woman, who is poor and of a contrite spirit and one who trembles at his Word! Let us take this to heart and ensure that we too are counted in this number, by getting passionate about knowing and obeying God's Word, everyday of our lives!

Psalm 120 :

In this Psalm, the Psalmist brings to light the effects that a lying and deceitful tongue can have on the person against whom it is used, as well as, the end of the person who lies and slanders another. So, how does the Psalmist react when this tongue is used against him? Being distressed on being the victim, he cries out to God to deliver him from it's consequences, and he is assured that the Lord has heard his cry and will help him, vs 1,2. He has this assurance because he gets a revelation of what God will do to such a false tongue, vs 3. It will be pierced with sharp arrows and the burning coals of Juniper, which signifies, coals that are 'burning hot' in intensity, vs 4, and set aflame with the very fire of hell itself; the fire seeming so sharp that it feels like piercing arrows to the ones who are hit by them! How does all this false accusation and slander begin? It begins with the unfortunate situation of having to sojourn and dwell with the people of Mesech and Kedar respectively, vs 5.
They are people who hate peace, vs 6. They hate peace, because in order to get the true peace, they will have to purify themselves by acknowledging their wickedness and turning from it. And having no desire to do so, they begin to slander the one who wants to bring about true peace!
So, whenever one tries to make peace with them, by speaking the truth in love, they, on being confronted with their sin, and not desiring to turn from the same, turn the situation into a battleground, vs 7, and subsequently slander the people who want to make peace with them. Let each one of us examine ourselves to see whether we have been guilty of slandering others just because we did not want to turn from the sin that we were rebuked for! And, if that be the case, then let us choose to humble our pride and turn from such wickedness while we still have the time, for that will be far better than ending up in hell throughout eternity, for that is the place where all liars will eventually go, Revelation 21:8!

Psalm 121 :

Although the Psalmist lifts his eyes unto the hills in his time of distress, he knows that His help does not come from any created source, but from the Lord, who Himself is the Creator of the heavens and the earth, vs 1,2! He can do so with confidence, because His God is the Living God who neither slumbers nor sleeps, vs 3,4; and so, He is able to watch over those who trust in Him 24x7, making sure that their foot does not slip into sin or into any other physical calamity as well. His Lord, who is His Keeper, is also his shade and stands right beside him, vs 5, making sure that the sun which is shining during the day does not strike him, as well as, the moon that shines at night does not cause him any harm too, vs 6. For the Lord is determined to preserve his soul from all evil, vs 7; even his going out and his coming in, both now and forevermore, vs 8. So, are the privileges of this Psalm applicable to everyone? Psalm 91:1,2 tells us that, it is only those who dwell in the secret place of the most High, who shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty and it is only such who can say of the LORD, 'He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.' So, the obvious question now is, 'How do I get into the Lord's shelter/secret place? The first step is to call on the Name of Jesus for the salvation of my past sins, because God who so loved the world gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life, John 3:16, and subsequently, after accepting Jesus as my Savior and Lord, and now willing to live my life according to His commandments, I must receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, who will be my helper and comforter enabling me to live a life of increasing victory over sin, Romans 8:1,2. This power of the Holy Spirit received by me, as I walk in continuous repentance, enables me to walk in obedience to God's Word as mentioned in Psalm 15, and so, also enables me to abide in the secret place and shadow of the Most High God and reap the benefits of His protecting Hand and presence throughout that time. May God help each one of us to make this conscious decision and so avail of the many benefits that we can have in becoming a child/son/daughter of the Living God!

Psalm 122 :

In this Psalm, the Psalmist David expresses his joy on be invited by his companions to go into the house of the Lord, vs 1. David, being a fugitive for many years, during which he ran for his life, because King Saul sought to kill him, must have realised what a privilege it was to be able to worship freely in the Lord's house without any prohibition or restraint! How often it is that we seldom realise the value of something that we freely have access to, until we lose it! But for David, who realised its value, it was sheer ecstasy to find his feet standing within the gates of Jerusalem, vs 2, which was a city that was designed to accommodate an assembly of God's people who came there to worship God, vs 3. So what do the tribes of the Lord go there to do? They are expected to go there to give their thank offering unto the Lord, vs 4. After that, they witness the thrones of judgment wherein the leaders make legal decisions for those who come to them with their problems, vs 5. Then prayer is offered up for the peace and prosperity of God's house, who are God's people, and who, under the New Covenant, make up the Church of the Living God. A blessing of prosperity is pronounced upon those who love her as well vs 6,7. And why should we pray for the peace and the prosperity of the city in which God's house dwells? We should do so, because God's presence abides there and if there is no peace, there can be no true prosperity and His presence will depart. We also need to pray for the peace and prosperity of that city, because when that city has peace and prosperity, the people living there as well as their neighbours around them will enjoy peace and prosperity too, vs 8,9. May God grant us the grace to enter the house of God, (whose house we are), with a renewed mind as this Psalm reveals and experience great blessing as a result!

Psalm 123

In this Psalm, the Psalmist looks to God with confidence just as a servant looks upon His master. However, he realises that God who is our Master, is not just an ordinary Master, but one who is enthroned in heaven, and so, well able to satisfy each and everyone of our legitimate needs, vs 1,2. With this in mind, coupled with the harrassment that he has faced from the self assured and proud people, he is determined to go after God until God showers Him with favour and deliverance, vs 3,4. This sounds so much like the widow who went to the unjust judge for justice against her oppressors in Luke 18. Jesus assures us that God will give justice to His chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night and will not delay long to help them.
Nevertheless, He needs to find us having faith in order to receive the same, vs 7,8. Let us, therefore, fulfill the conditions and avail of our blessings in Christ, without any further delay!


Psalm 124 :

This beautiful Psalm tells us about the privileges that we can enjoy when we make the Living God, who made the heavens and the earth, our helper and deliverer, vs 8! As a result of this decision, the Lord stands on our side, vs 1; and so Israel can confidently say that though men rage with anger against them and have attacked them as a result, vs 2; seeking to swallow them alive in their rage, vs 3; which came against them like currents of water to overwhelm and overpower them, vs 4,5; the Lord intervened and did not hand them over as prey to the teeth of their enemies, vs 6; but instead, broke the snare, and they escaped with their lives like a bird from the hunter's snare, vs 7. For this the Lord deserves our praise, vs 6! So, how can we get the Lord to be on our side, and so have Him to be our helper and deliverer? 2 Chronicles 16:9 tells us that the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him or completely His! How then can we have a heart that is perfect towards Him? We can do so, by standing against all forms of idolatry, and by refusing to bow down to the lusts of our flesh, but instead give God's Word the first place in our lives, by walking in obedience to the same. For only then will we be able to resist the devil, who is our real enemy and he will, indeed, flee from us, James 4:7! Thus, it goes without saying, that though all of us will inevitably be attacked by the enemy of our souls, yet it is only those who have the Lord on their side, who will be able to overwhelming conquer through Jesus Christ our Lord, 2 Corinthians 2:14, because they have chosen, by His grace, to walk in obedience to His commandments!

Psalm 125 :

This Psalm highlights the significant characteristic of those who trust in the Lord. It says that they shall be unmoved by circumstances or people that come against them, in the same manner as mount Zion is, vs 1, and so, will abide forever! This is because the Lord surrounds His people who trust in Him and protects them from the evil plans of the wicked, vs 2. On the contrary, He will use those plans to conform His people into the image of His Son so that they will be victorious and will not fall into sin as a result, vs 3; Romans 8:28,29. The Psalmist reminds God to do good to those who choose to be good and remain upright in their hearts inspite of how badly others treat them, vs 4! , So, he is confident that the wicked will not prosper, and that peace shall be experienced by the Israel of God, vs 5. This Psalm gives us an opportunity to examine our lives honestly and see whether we are shaken by the bad way in which people treat us and so end up returning evil for evil, or whether difficult circumstances cause us to react in despair and depression. If so, then we must honestly admit that we don't really trust in God even though we profess, with our lips, that we indeed do! As we allow people and circumstances to reveal the true condition of our hearts, and are honest about our distrust in God's Word and the wrong reaction that results, without blaming people and circumstances for the same, God will surely give us grace to be among those who truly trust in Him and so radiate His glory through our lives and bring honour to His Name, despite the trying times that lay ahead of us!

Psalm 126 :

This Psalm reveals the secret of how we can get God to set us free from our bondages and captivity to sin, our flesh and Satan. It begins by saying that when the Lord delivered the people of Zion from their captivity, they could hardly believe that it really happened and it seemed like a dream, vs 1! This resulted in joyous laughter, singing and even the heathen nations marvelling at the great things that the Lord had done for Zion, vs 2. Yes, indeed, the Lord had done the near impossible for them and they were naturally glad, vs 3. But, verse 4 reveals that, once again, they got into captivity because of their sin! This is something that we all can easily identify with, because we have a flesh in which there dwells no good thing, Romans 7:18; and so we inevitably keep stumbling into sin. However, in the 5th and 6th verse the Psalmist gives us the remedy for overcoming our sin and so for being freed from our captivity! He says, that the only way to reap in joy, is by sowing in tears, vs 5, meaning that each time we sin by disobeying God's Word (which is likened to precious seed), we need to mourn and weep over the same, vs 6; and receive cleansing and forgiveness by the blood of Christ, 1 John 1:9; and he gives us a written guarantee that, as we do so, we shall have reason to rejoice once again bearing forth fruit (the fruit of the Holy Spirit), viz. love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness and temperance, Galatians 5:22,23. And this fruit will not be put on or artificial, but genuinely brought forth from within us by the powerful working of the Holy Spirit, even as we are cleansed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ that was shed for us on the Cross of Calvary! So, let us be encouraged and praise God for this glorious Gospel of Christ, whereby our salvation is not based on our good works, but rather on our ability to acknowledge that there is no good thing that dwells in our flesh and so receive salvation through repentance and faith in Christ not just once in our lifetime, but on a daily basis.

Psalm 127 :

In this Psalm, we realise the importance of having the Lord backing us up in whatever we do. Whether it be the building of our lives or our homes or the Church, if the Lord does not support us, it is vain for us to proceed, vs 1. So, it will be in vain for us to rise up early or sit up late and eat the bread of sorrows, if God is not backing us up, because God will only support those who work from the place of rest and are following His plan for their lives, vs 2. And we can enter this place of rest only as we walk in faith and in obedience to Him, Hebrews 3:17,18, and make this the foundation of all the service that He calls us to do. Further, the Psalmist tells us that God gives us children as an inheritance and a reward, vs 3. They are an inheritance, assuming that the values and principles that we inculcate in them, which are founded on the Word of God, will be followed by them in their generation and carried forward by them to the next generation as well. Such children brought up in this manner, will prove to be like arrows in the hand of a mighty man, vs 4, and the man who has many such children, will be a happy man, who will not be put to shame, especially when he has to confront the enemy of our souls ( the devil ) and prevent his advances into the work of God, be it in our homes, our country or the Church, vs 5. So, we see a connection between living godly lives, bringing up godly children, building godly homes and then building the Church of God; as well as, watching over a city, so as to live therein, in all godliness and holiness!

Rowena Thomas,
Mumbai, India


[9:17 pm, 07/03/2020] Leenu Binny: Jesus - Psalm 124:8

"Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth."

The Psalmist gives glory and credit to the Lord for all his deeds of power and deliverance from Israel's enemies. The Psalmist acknowledges the name of the Lord to be his help.

Today's reflecting is all about the name of the Lord having power to save us when we call on to Him. In the old Testament whenever Israel was surrounded by their enemies or when they were given into the hands of their enemies, they would cry out to the Lord and the Lord would hear their plea.

It was not because the Israelites were good but it was because the Lord remembered his covenant with Abraham, Israel, David.

Dear brethren, even now in our new life with the Lord, we have been given only one name under heaven by which we are saved and you know it, that name is Jesus!

Be it sickness or any financial, social, personal or spiritual crisis, there is just one place and person that we need to turn to: JESUS!

- All creation was created through Jesus.

- Jesus is the light that dispels all darkness.

- We entered new life by believing in the name of Jesus.

- We continue in the new life, everyday, by abiding in the Vine i.e. Jesus.

- Finally we, the church and bride, are married to the Lamb i.e. Jesus!

Jesus rightly said, " I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. " and "… apart from me you can do nothing "

Dear brethren, the name Jesus is not only our help in time of need but He is our very source of existence! Imagine living the new life without the Lord Jesus! Life would really not be worth it! He is the hub and spoke of our Christian wheel.

Let us come to the Lord Jesus and give him all that is due from our end by humbling ourselves under his mighty hand and turning to Him as our only true help at all times.

"Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." - Philippians 2:9-11

-  Kevin D'Souza, Mumbai

 

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