Sing to the Lord

Psalms 13:6   (NLT)   I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me.

In the heart of a person who has experienced God’s goodness and love, and is aware of it, rings a beautiful melody of praise. Our gratefulness and appreciation for God, His wonderful works, His super-abundant blessings, can be expressed in so many ways. One of the most beautiful expressions of a thankful and joyful heart is a song.

Psalm 13.6 - Sing to the LordWe have more than sufficient reasons to be grateful to God for eternity. We don’t deny the existence of evil, pain, suffering, enemies, and persecution. There are times when it seems like our enemies are not being held accountable, and are getting away with their wicked ways, wiles and schemes. But our God neither slumbers nor sleeps; He doesn’t take a vacation. There is not a time when He’s unaware of our circumstances. And He never stops helping us. He always rescues us—either from or through troubles.

His care for us is full coverage and that is true with everyone. He desires the best for everybody and is concerned to the minutest detail. He cares for our relationship with Him; He cares for our relationship with others; He cares for our spirits, our minds, our emotions, even our bodies. He has given us instructions, guidelines, and commands about all major areas of our lives so that we can be best and do best in all of them. And the beautiful thing is: He also gives us the power to do them. He gave us His Name—Name that is above every name—that even our most powerful enemies bow.

Our Almighty and loving God and Father never runs out of resources, ways, and means of helping and blessing us. He can even create new ways of handling our situations. He is a very creative God. When it comes to obvious truths revealed in the scriptures, we can fully depend on Him because He never violates His Word; He never turns back on His promises. When it comes to things that are not revealed; He always graces us with a lot of pleasant surprises. Often, uttering words of humble and loving thanksgiving no longer suffices that we are left with nothing else but to just sing and offer him a melody or two. But that itself is an awesome, heart-warming, and wonderful experience.

 

Tremendous Blessedness in Jesus

1 Corinthians 1:30   (KJV)   30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

1 Corinthians 1.30 - Tremendous Blessedness in JesusThe greatest blessing we’ve received when we placed our full dependence on Jesus for our salvation and surrendered our lives to Him is Jesus Himself. With Him and in Him is attached so many other blessings that are also of immeasurably great value—definitely not as great as Jesus, but tremendously great nonetheless.

When we hear believers say “I’m eternally grateful to God,” it isn’t a simple, thoughtless, and trivial parroting of a Christian cliché; there’s enormous weight and truth in that short statement that genuine believers understand. To have the very wisdom of God living in us—having the mind of Christ—how can anyone grasp the magnitude of its worth? To be made the righteousness of God—that’s a lot to process for those of us who know and humbly admit how spiritually bankrupt we are when left to ourselves. To be sanctified—to know that we’ve been set apart for God’s special purpose, washed, cleaned up, continually being cleaned up, and will be sufficiently cleaned up—prepared for the meeting with our Lord. To be redeemed—purchased back from and for God, restored in freedom, spiritual authority and dominion. Who can equal to such experience?

Dear Lord, to You, we really are eternally grateful. There surely is no life better than the life of a believer.

For His Glory

Psalm 79:9   (KJV)   9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake.

Our salvation, deliverance and forgiveness are of indescribably glorious benefits and blessings to us, but it’s first and foremost for the glory of His Name. He’s the One Who’s Psalm 79.9 - For His Gloryable help and He’s always willing to.

We often find ourselves in need of His intervention. We make decisions that cause us to find ourselves in very unpleasant situations. Many times, it’s not because of our careless actions and decisions but because of the recklessness of others. But in all circumstances, we have hope.

Our God is closer to us than we can imagine or describe. We can call on Him anytime; we don’t have to wait for an appointment; His schedule is always open for us. And that’s very good; there are things and situations that can’t wait—life emergencies are real.

So we pray. It just makes sense. And for us His children, our prayers are faith-filled. We know that we know: He will always come through for us. And as assuring and comforting as that may be, us receiving His help isn’t our end desire; our ultimate purpose is to glorify our God and Dad through our experiences.

Lingering Legacy

2 Timothy 3:14   (KJV)   14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them

God has gifted us with faithful teachers—knowledgeable, wise, reliable, and trustworthy teachers. They practiced what they preached. Much of the essential knowledge we possess we learned from them.

2 Timothy 3.14 - Thank You TeachersI’m grateful to the Lord for allowing me to sit under teachers who have guided me into truths that I still live by to this day. The Lord brought them to my life for my salvation and growth, both in knowledge and Christlikeness. When I first learned from them, I believed because I trusted their faithfulness to the Word. Eventually, my beliefs were reinforced because as I personally grew in my relationship with God’s Word, the more I saw how credible my God-given teachers were.

They may not even be aware of it, but I’ve held on. They have become an indelible part of my life and ministry. I’ve imparted much of what I’ve learned from them to others who are also now teaching other teachers. Thank You Lord for providing me with faithful teachers. Thank you pastors and teachers for your faithfulness to your call through which I was blessed much.

Song-Filled Life

Psalm 59:16   (KJV)   16 But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.

We have so many reasons to sing for;  imagine starting out our days with it.

Psalm 59.16 - Song-Filled LifeEvery new day we’re given is a demonstration of God’s bountiful mercy, amazing grace, and unfailing love.

We have many enemies—starting with our own flesh, then there’s the world, then there’s the devil.  All we need is one Ally.  For us believers, He’s already in us.

We face troubles, tests, trials, and temptations daily.  Many of them are beyond our power to solve and overcome.  Not for God.

God has always carried us through. He hasn’t failed us, and He won’t ever do.

Blessed and Wise

1 Corinthians 15:10   (KJV)   10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

We’ve all failed God. We who have turned away from our sins, we who have placed our full dependence on Jesus for our salvation, we who have waived the white flag of surrender to His Lordship are saved and have become new creations—all because of His love, mercy and 1 Corinthians 15.10 - Blessed and Wisegrace. We all need Him if we are to be who we ought to be. We can’t reach our full potential and our beautiful destinies apart from our Maker, Sustainer, and Guide.

The abundance of blessings we receive from our extremely generous Father enables us to be who we need to be and do what we need to do.  We don’t get there passively; faith without works is dead, thus, unfruitful. We can choose to make wise use of all His gifts or we can waste them. God honors our efforts. As I often state, “For every step we take, God takes a million.” That sounds like an exaggeration, yet for all we know, it may actually be very conservative.

We honor our incomparably generous Lord with our faithfulness. How faithfully or unfaithfully we use His gifts to us shows how grateful and appreciative we are to Him—or not. We are grateful—eternally grateful. We understand that His blessings will continue to flow even in paradise. That’s why despite all the seemingly unpleasant treatments we receive for being a believer, we are steadfast in our faith, and we willingly and enthusiastically labour in the Lord as He works faithfully and strongly in and through us.

Grateful Sheep

Psalm 79:13   (KJV)    13 So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.

The LORD is our Shepherd. He is our great Shepherd, a good Shepherd. He takes good care of us—providingPsalm 79.13 - Grateful Sheep - 2 us with everything we need. We are His blessed sheep. We have a restful life because we have a Shepherd Who lets us lie down in green meadows—Who leads us beside peaceful waters. We have a good life because He is a good Shepherd. He knows exactly what kind of help we need. And He’s always more than ready to lend us a hand.

Changes are everywhere; there are a lot of uncertainties all around. The turn of events can get scary sometimes, but our Shepherd is always present; He never runs away and leaves us when situations become bad or dangerous. He’s always protecting us. He never changes; He won’t stop loving us: He won’t stop caring for us. Our Great Shepherd knows how vulnerable we are; “Lions,” “bears,” and “wolves” abound. But our Shepherd never fails us.

That’s why we won’t ever run out of reasons and desire to praise Him. He gathers His sheep altogether; every sheep is important. If one sheep gets lost, He runs after it. He’s good to us, to our children, to our children’s children. His goodness is forever. They too will have more than sufficient reasons to be grateful to our God. They will have their own unique problems. They will face their own challenges. But they see how good You are to us. And we gladly tell others about You. And like us, they too will enjoy the unfailing goodness of our great Shepherd. As for us now, through all and in all, we will keep praising the Name of our Great Shepherd.

Proud of God

Jeremiah 9.24 - Proud of GodJeremiah 9:24   (KJV)   24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.

We’re grateful that God has blessed us with so much; we can do much; we accomplish much. But with all our God-given enormous potential, we humbly admit: we make mistakes, at times, terrible mistakes. We don’t compare ourselves to others; it’s easy to find others who do worse than us. We contritely own up to our flaws and sins, knowing that our loving and just God can lovingly, mercifully, and graciously forgive us without violating His justice.

He deserves all the glory; that we know full well. We are just immensely grateful that He welcomed us to experience His salvation and freedom—that we have a loving, living relationship with Him. We are tremendously grateful to Him for opening our minds and hearts to realizing Who He is—our Life-Saver and King. Now, we enjoy an intimate relationship with Him; we “know” Him. We saw that we were drowning in sin; He came as our Life-Saver; He grabbed hold of us and we grabbed hold of Him. We saw that we were living in rebellion against God—living as our own king; we bowed to His crown, and He accepted us into His Kingdom.

In God and through God alone does lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness come together in perfect harmony. He loves us; He wants to save us from our sins—its penalty, its power, and its presence. He’s just; He needs to judge us for our sins. He’s righteous; He wants and leads us to walk the righteous path. In His awesome wisdom, He came in the very person of His Son and demonstrated His love and justice by dying on the cross. On the cross, He sacrificed His life for us—that’s love clearly seen. On that cross, He took the punishment for our sins—that’s justice sufficiently served. We who are now graciously saved joyfully and faithfully live in righteousness as we walk according to the words and will of our King.

Don’t Push It!

1 Kings 2:23  (KJV)   23 Then king Solomon sware by the Lord, saying, God do so to me, and more also, if Adonijah have not spoken this word against his own life.

Adonijah didn’t request for anything evil or wrong. But he has just been granted mercy for a serious treacherous act. He could have been killed for it. He was pardoned instead. His offense, though forgiven, was still so fresh. Instead of being grateful and conducting himself with humility, he pushes it and requests for the king to grant him a certain woman to be his wife. This seemingly harmless request cost him his life.

Let’s be careful of the steps we take especially as recipients of many graces and tremendous amount of forgiveness. We may have wronged others so many times. We may have hurt them repeatedly. We may be disrespecting people continuously without any regard for the pain we’re inflicting on them. We think we’re good people because we’re nice to others we choose to be nice to, but we may have become callously heartless to those who have done us the most good. We’ve grown comfortable with it; we’ve become so familiar with being a recipient of certain people’s goodness and we have bred contempt.

It’s not wrong to ask for more. But it’s wrong to be insensitive. People may still be in the process of recovering from the last wounds we’ve caused, and here we are again, showing our thick faces, not attempting to show even a little act of gratefulness for the huge favor we’ve just received. Feeling entitled, we ask for another favor.

We have a heart; we have brains; let’s use it.

Dear God, we praise You for being a God of mercy, grace, and forgiveness. We praise You as well for being God of order. Please help us. We need to have reservations sometimes. We need to show discretion. We need to employ wisdom. We need to have the right timing. We need to think about those who we’ve hurt, who helped us, who forgave us, on how we can be a blessing to them as well. Order our steps please, – in Jesus’ Name, amen.

Open for Correction

Psalm 141:5   (KJV)   Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.

A wise person is open for correction. It doesn’t matter if the rebuke hurts; it’s humbly and gratefully welcomed. They see that the advantages of painful corrections far outweigh the hurts brought by them. They’re given to heal and not to destroy.

Corrections in life are necessary. But only works great on people who are wise and humble – people who aren’t hurt to accept their imperfection. Corrections are good for us. But we’re often left to ourselves living out our dangerous mistakes because we’re not willing to be shown the errors of our ways. In wanting to keep the peace, people would rather avoid pointing out our flaws. We need to give people the assurance, not just the impression, that it’s okay for them to tell us if we’re doing something wrong. We ought to be happy about it and thankful for people who love us for who we are, but who love us enough to save us from dangerous and destructive factors in our lives.

Lies will destroy us. Errors will destroy us. Let us accept corrections like skilled-maneuverings of a specialist physician to rid us of our deadly sicknesses although it may necessitate cutting us open first. Let us treat them as soothing balms for our sin-sick souls.

Dear God of Truth, You’re our pursuit. We want truth, even if they are ugly truths about us that we need to surrender to You. Please give us the spirit of graciousness and gratefulness towards other people who love us enough to boldly yet gently show us the errors of our ways – to restore us to the right path. Please help us to be intrepid enough not to be a passive contributor to other people’s curses – by also lovingly speaking up when we see others treading the wrong path – in Jesus’ Name, amen.