Bible in 240 days 13-2-2020
=> Journey through Psalms <=
Psalm 94 - This Psalm is an appeal to the Lord as judge of the earth to redress the wrongs wrought against the weak by arrogant wicked men who occupy seats of power. Inspite of the oppressions those who are directed by God's law are blessed. The Lord will not abandon the powerless. Without God's help the Psalmist could not have survived.
=> Psalm 95 - It is a call to worship and praise the Lord of all the earth. A call to acknowledge the Lord's kingship over His people. He is the Creator of all things, their Redeemer and Shepherd. God had miraculously led His people in Egypt, at the Red Sea and in the desert. The climax of Israel's rebellion came when they fearlessly refused to undertake the conquest of Canaan and considered running back to Egypt. So they were punished and could not enter the Promised Land of rest.
Psalm 96 - This is a call to all nations to praise the Lord as the only God and to proclaim the glory of His reign throughout the world. It also proclaims His salvation and deliverance and that He is greater than all the Gods. All nature will sing before the Lord because He will judge the world with righteousness.
=> Psalm 97 - It is a joyful celebration of the Lord's righteous reign over all the earth. A testimony of the nations that they too have seen God's majesty displayed in His creation. Shame and disgrace belong to those who worship idols. Only those who hate evil have real cause to rejoice in His righteousness.
Psalm 98 - The Lord's salvation, righteousness, love and faithfulness show God's Covenant commitment to His people. This is a call to the whole creation to celebrate the Lord's kingship. Sing before the Lord for He comes to judge the earth with righteousness.
=> Psalm 99 - The nations should tremble and acknowledge that the Lord is their Ruler. He ought to be honoured as the great king. Two characteristics of His reign are, The Lord is mighty and The Lord loves justice. Moses, Aaron and Samuel interceded on behalf of the faltering people. God was to Israel a forgiving God. The Lord has to be exalted as He is holy.
Psalm 100 - The Lord is good for His love and faithfulness are unfailing through all time. The people are asked to enter the gates with thanksgiving and praise because the Lord God endures forever and His faithfulness to all generations.
=> Psalm.101 - Love and justice are chief qualities of God's reign and a pledge to remove from His presence all arrogant and slanderous people and a pledge to surround himself with the faithful and blameless.
Psalm102 - Originally this prayer was of a Davidic King or a member of the Davidic royal house while in Babylonian exile. The suffering was so great that it withers body and spirit brought by visitation of God's wrath. Enemies were to torment him. He was sure God hears a destitute prayer. His mercies never fail. The Lord does not change. So Israel's future was secure and they would dwell in the promised land.
Psalm 103 - This is a hymn of God's love and compassion on His people as sinners and then as frail mortal bodies. The vigour of youth is restored. Through God's love and compassion the people are blessed. God's love is supremely shown in His forgiving Israel's sins. Finally they are called to praise. The Angels also are called to praise.
=> Psalm 104 - This is a hymn describing the greatness of the Creator. He is clothed with splendour and majesty. The earth was set on its foundations. The waters went to the place assigned for them and God set a boundary for the seas. He made springs of water and also created birds, animals and heavenly bodies. When God opens His hand all are satisfied. When He hides His face they are terrified. The Psalmist meditates and sings praises to God.
Mrs. Caroline Chellappa, Chennai
LIGHT SEEDS! JOY SEEDS! [Ps 94-104]
I’m sure each one of us has been in situations where we felt overwhelmed… lonely… lost… confused… And we look at the circumstances around us and we think there is no way out of the mess… our resources look so pitiful & inadequate… BUT (that is my favourite word. IN CHRIST it is the game-changer) BUT, we have a hidden resource…
The Psalmist says:
If the LORD had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. [Ps 94:17]
If the LORD had not been on our side… the raging torrent would have drowned us. [Ps 124:2-5]
There are times when we feel too weak to hold onto God… BUT… no matter how weak we are – God remains unchangeably strong.
We may let go, BUT God never lets go. We may feel like we are in freefall, BUT His everlasting arms are beneath us. His constant love holds us up. [Rf Ps 94:18]
Peter cried, “Lord save me” and he was immediately lifted into the safety of the boat… AND the boat reached safe harbor.
I’ve always wondered what Peter’s water-walking experience was like… not very comfortable I imagine… waves have crests & troughs… like our thoughts in stormy times – crests of hope, troughs of despair… swirling to the future with fears (what if ---- happens) … or to the past with Regrets (if-only) …
The Psalmist wrote: When anxiety was great within me, Your consolation (comforting love) brought me joy. [Ps 94:19]
God plays close attention to the prayer of the destitute and does not despise their prayer. [Ps 102:17-20]
As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. [Ps 103:13]
One difference between dads & moms that I have noticed… Moms cuddle and soothe. Dads do that too… BUT… they also teach their children to face up to bullies.
They are reflecting the Father heart of God who desires to see us grow strong in truth & righteousness.
Satan comes to bully & trample on us. God soothes us…BUT… He also trains us to face down satan. Satan comes at us with lies to rob our joy & peace… so God prepares us:
⚡ Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart. [Ps 97:11]
WOW! Imagine that! God as the Gardner of our Soul sows seeds of light & joy in our hearts…
The precious Word we read each day are
made alive through the Holy Spirit grow “plants” of discernment, wisdom, courage, conquering-can-do mindset... transforming us from victims to victors.
We are no longer slaves to sin. No longer push-overs to satan’s bullying whispers.
We stand on the Truth of the Lord in His strength… we overcome! We rejoice! Hallelujah!
Thank You Abba Father for Your strong, mighty, tender hands which uphold me, comfort & soothe me … Thank You for standing with me, strengthening me & teaching me to face up to satan’s bullying. Thank You for sowing my heart with Light-seed & Joy-seed… Holy Spirit, grow them to fullness. In Jesus Name. Amen
Psalm Chapter 95
This is both a Hymn of Praise that calls us to worship God and a Warning against Disobedience, which will arouse His anger
DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS
The Psalmist summoned the worshippers to wholehearted worship of God for who he is and what he has done.
Come let us :
》 sing for joy to the Lord
》 shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation
》 give him thanks
》 extol him with music and song
》 bow down in worship
》 kneel before the Lord our Maker
WHY ISRAEL IS TO PRAISE THE LORD ❓
~ To acknowledge the Lord as the Lord God Almighty ? Ps 80:19
~ He is above all gods ( v 3 )
~ He is the Creator of the universe ( v 4-5 )
~ He is the Maker of Israel ( v 6-7 )
~ He is the Shepherd who leads his people in green pastures and cares for them ( v 7 )
The Psalmist experienced that sometime sheep do not always obey their shepherd or listen to his voice ( v 7b ) . If they hear his voice , they are to obey it ; if they do not do this, they will be scattered and separated from him.
The Psalmist exhorts the people to submit to the Lord with obedient hearts , and to learn from the past :
》 Hear his voice TODAY
》 Do not harden your hearts
》 Remember Meribah and Massah ( a place where their ancestors had tested the Lord)
》 Remember the Lord was angry for 40 years
》 Their ancestors could not enter his rest .
The Psalmist is making a point here that the present worshippers are encountering and praising the same God. He is urging them to learn a lesson from the past " not to harden their hearts ", and to strive on to rest on Him.
Beloved , we must not be insensitive, rebellious and callous to the reality of the Lord's presence today as they were then.
We can look forward to a future Sabbath Rest from labour, just as God rested on the 7th day of creation ? Heb 4:8-10
But if we are to enjoy that rest in Christ's Kingdom, we need to persevere in faith ? Heb 4:11
Glory to God
Mark Boje, ArP
Psalm: lOO : 3
"Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his: We are his people, the sheep of his
This is one of the shortest Psalms with only five verses. We usually sing
this Psalm during the worship, because it is a
worship song. Do you sing this Psalm with a full realization of the meaning and make it your personal
⚡ Each of us was personally
formed by God for Him and
His purposes. As we yield
ourselves to Him, He uses the circumstances whatever and however they be, to
conform us to the image of
⚡ As a sheep listens to the voice of the Shepherd and follow him, we need to be sensitive to His voice that comes through His word and obey Him implicitly and serve Him with joy.
⚡ From being a sheep,
we need to be transformed
as shepherds to lead the multitude of sheep that are
going astray. God has blessed us with resources that need to be used in His
⚡ Our gratitude to God for answered prayers should
make us want to return thanks to Him in the midst
of His congregation. Do you
like to worship God with the
fellow believers ?
Paul reminds that
although we live here on earth, our real position is
in heaven. Do you realize
this when you are involved in your day to day life and
when you gather together in the church for worship ?
What a privilege is ours to be created in His
image, to be His sons and
Dr. Thomas David.
Psalm 101:7. I will not allow deceivers to serve in my house and liars will not stay in my presence
David speaks as a prophet concerning the true king ,the Son whom God has promised thro' him ,our lord Jesus Christ.He is the king of righteousness but David was not.Jesus will not tolerate evil in His kingdom of righteousness.He will not allow the proud,deceitful people and liars in His kingdom.He will destroy the wicked and evil will be cut off.Those who walk uprightly will be used by Him.
Scripture says all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone.
Lord ,Holy God,Help us to shun evil and let us not grieve You.Help us to have clean and truthful tongues.we thank You for Your word and help us to obey it .In Jesus Name Amen
Cynthia Sathiaraj, Chennai
The Story of Psalm 89
God made special promises to David. They are in 2 Samuel 7:12-17. The important promise is that someone from David’s family would always be king.
Ethan wrote Psalm 89 many years after this. He called it a *maskil, a psalm that teaches us something.
In the psalm, Ethan sings about a problem. God had promised that there would always be a king in David’s family. But now there was no Jewish king!
The army from Babylon had beaten the Jewish army. They took the Jewish king to Babylon and the King of Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar) became king of the Jews. How could anyone explain this?
Christians have sung this psalm on Christmas Day for many centuries. This is because Jesus is a king from David’s family, he will always be king and he was born at Christmas.
RESOLUTIONS OF KING DAVID Psalam 101.
1.I will sing about God's love and justice. 101:1.
2. I will sing praises to the Lord. 101:1.
3. I will lead a blameless life. 101:2.
4. I will walk with blameless heart. 101:2.
5. I will not see bad things with my eyes. 101:3.
6. I will hate the deeds of faithless men. 101:3.
7. I will keep people with perverse heart far from me. 101:4.
8. I will have nothing to do with evil. 101:4.
9. I will put to silence those who slanders against his neighbour in secret. 101:5.
10. I will not endure those with haughty eyes and a proud heart. 101:5.
11. My eyes will be on the faithful people in the land. 101:6.
12. Blameless people only will minister to me or work under me.101:6.
13. I will not allow anyone who practice deceit (speech or behaviour that keeps the truth hidden) to dwell in my house. 101:7.
14. I will not allow anyone who speak falsely to stand in my presence. 101:8.
15. I will put to silence all the wicked in the land. 101:9.
16. I will cut off every evil doer. 101:9
Is it possible / impossible to practice the above resolutions in our life?
How many of the above resolutions are ours? Can we declare to practice the above resolutions in our life?
Rev. C.V. Abraham.
Psalm 100:4:- "Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!”
Psalm 100 is one of the most comforting and encouraging chapters in the Bible.
In this short psalm of thanksgiving we find two great truths that the Christian should joyfully celebrate each and every day.
The Psalmist writes: “Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness;
In the Psalms,
…… one of the most frequently mentioned methods of conveying thanks is by singing.
Singing changes the brain!
Some studies show that when we sing, our bodies release hormones that relieve anxiety and stress.
Other research indicates that when a group of people sings together, their heartbeats actually synchronize with each other.
Singing helps us contact the Lord in a deeper way with our whole heart.
Christ wants to have a personal, affectionate, and intimate relationship with each of us, and singing helps us open our heart to Him in a way that’s sometimes difficult using just words.
By singing we can tell the Lord all that’s in us, whether it be our sadness, needs, or fears, or our appreciation, and love, to Him.
God just wants us to open our mouth and sing to Him not as a form or ritual, but with our hearts.
No matter how we sound, when we sing to Him, God is happy, and we are filled with joy.
All Within Me, Praise His Holy Name!
He will not always accuse us or be angry forever.
Psalm 103:9 HCSB
Hello everyone! This Psalm is a beautiful prayer praising God's love and compassion for us. See what Psalm 103:9 says: He will not always accuse us or be angry forever. It reminds us that God will not stay angry forever.
What a great lesson for us to learn from God! Because there really is no use keeping anger for a long time, as we ourselves are mortal beings, here today, gone tomorrow.
We know ANGER is a natural emotion or response to something we don't like. But, in imitation of God, we should not hold on to it for a long time. ⚖
When we let go of our anger, we free ourselves from being consumed by bitterness. When we let go anger, we also build better relationships, because hidden anger puts other people on the defensive and destroys the trust we have built. ??
Please let me know privately how you normally let go of your anger. Let me share with you what we could do:
1) Express our feelings by writing down in a notepad or a book.
2) Inform or tell the person we are angry with how we feel about and that we desire to reconcile with that person. Healing needs a pro-active approach from our side.
3) Mind Diversion. Go for an early morning walk, or maybe at any time of the day, run, or use another form of exercise to vent out our anger positively and cool down. I mean, find ways to channelize our energy to another way that benefits our health.
4) Rest and relax with some quiet, soothing, relaxing, worshipful songs or hymns.
5) We must try to identify the source as to why we feel angry. Often anger is a symptom of another feeling such as deep hurt, disappointment, or maybe tiredness. We must accept the fact something is not right, and try to correct.
6) And yeah, express our anger in prayer to God, asking for help in forgiveness. Is it too difficult for a true Christian? Just saying... Let me know your thoughts privately; not in a Group.
Just as David did, let us thank and feel blessed for God in our souls, appreciating His innumerable benefits, for the forgiveness of our sins.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;
who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
Psalm 103:2,3 NASB NIV
If God had given us what we really deserved, eternal punishment would have been our reward.
He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.
Psalm 103:10 ESV
But now, He has removed these sins far away from us as possible.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Psalm 103:10 KJV
He has thrown them behind His back.
Made them as white as snow.
Blotted them out as a thick cloud.
Cast them into the depths of the sea.
He will remember them no more.
The goodness of God has no bounds, and we can always find fresh reasons to praise Him forever.
♪♪ Praise, my soul, the King of heaven; ♪♪
♪♪ to his feet your tribute bring. ♪♪
♪♪ Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, ♪♪
♪♪ evermore his praises sing. ♪♪
♪♪ Alleluia, alleluia! ♪♪
♪♪ Praise the everlasting King! ♪♪
Remember the promise again:
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His faithful love toward those who fear Him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Psalm 103:11,12 HCSB
God Bless You and Keep You!
- Bob, Bangalore!
FORGET NOT THE BLESSINGS OF GOD
Psalm 103 :1 - 5
As humans most of us have a common problem..
We are forgetful.
We tend to remember the bad things others have done to us but we forget the benefits received from them. Especially we have short memory when it comes to recalling just how the Lord has been good to us
In Psalm 103 David talks with his soul not to forget all the benefits of the Lord
Some Bible scholars say that David wrote this Psalm in his old age. There is not a word of prayer in this Psalm, all is praise and worship
?In verse 1 David calls upon his soul to praise the Lord as he had experienced how good the Lord had been all through in his life.
? He knew that God is worthy of all praise
?He then challenges his soul not to forget all the benefits the Lord had done for it!
✔✔ Forgiveness He forgave all his sins.
The Lord removed all his sins and guilt.
✔✔ Healing. He healed all his diseases. This included physical, mental, and emotional.
✔✔ Deliverance from death. He redeemed his life from the pit and grave.
✔✔ A satisfied life He satisfied his life with all good things and crowned him with love and compassion.
✔✔ Renewal. He gave him renewal of mind and body..
we too have received all these benefits from the Lord.
⭕⭕ He has forgiven all our sins. He washed them all in the blood of Jesus and has imputed to us the righteousness of Christ.
⭕⭕ He has healed all our diseases. We may get healing by medical science but whatever it is our healing comes ultimately from God.
⭕⭕He has redeemed us from death. Because we have sinned we need death and condemnation.
The wages of sin is death.
But God paid the ransom for sin through the death of Jesus so that we may be released from sin's power and penalty.
⭕⭕He has renewed our soul and our body as that of an eagle.
Even as our soul grows weaker He enables us to grow spiritually stronger till our death.
Eagles are a picture of strength, soaring
effortlessly in the sky even when they become old.
And those who wait on the Lord will mount up with wings like eagles with renewed strength in the Lord.
All these blessings are ours.
Do we ever take time to think of all these immense blessings that have been bestowed on us by our loving Father free of cost?
Let us deliberately take time, stop for a while and count our blessings.
Let us think of God 's goodness to us inspite of our sinfulness an praise Him from the bottom of our hearts.
Manjula Premraj, Chennai