[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.
[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
⚡ 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.
[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
??♂ 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 ?
[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.
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.
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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“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.
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
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
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.
God Bless You!
- Bob, Bangalore!
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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