Bible In One Year-Day 281 (Wednesday, October 08, 2014)
Commentary: Psalms116-118. Though we read widely about the psalmist, we often quote his deep expression of words and sometimes admire the manner of his prasing the Lord, but little did we realized what he faced in life. His soul, legs, eyes and family were at various times endangered. In his expression of some of what he went through, he said “I found trouble and sorrow”
Psalms 116:3 “The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell (i.e. terrors of the grave) gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.”
It was in these various near-death experiences of the psalmist that he received deep things of God. If it was so, then when trouble comes we should rejoice in the Lord knowing that a greater revelation is about to unfold. Let us look at the benefits of the psalmist’s trials.
- He discovered how gracious God is, Psa116:5
- He realized His righteousness was uncompromising.
- He discovered God’s keeping power, Psa116:6.
- He lost pride and became humble, Psa116:6
- He found God’s help after putting on the garment of humility, Psa116:6.
- He realized that even in the heaviness of his heart, God was still good to him, Psa117:7.
- He came to experience God’s total deliverance, Psa116:8; deliverance is the act of rescuing the captive from the power greater than he. For a soul to be captured by death means the mind, emotion and will are captured by death. Therefore the legs will follow the path of death; this means, in essence, that the whole life has been captured or reaped by death. This was the situation of the psalmist just like the man of Gadarene. He could not help himself by his own effort. The deliverance of God was great grace to him. We could, in this view, define grace as having no human effort in miraculous achievement, but wholly God’s favor. Joseph’s ascension had no hand of man; only God glorified. This is what Christians should enjoy.
- The psalmist made a vow to be faithful since God is faithful, Psa116:9. He prayed in FAITH and he vowed to maintain his testimony by being FAITHFUL.
- He realized that man should not be relied upon because they are unfaithful, Psa116:11/ Psa118:8-9.
- He found God’s acceptance when men rejected him.
- He found God’s help and grace when men condemned him. Psa116:6
- He found out that the righteous death of the saint is very dear to God.
- He found salvation in his troubles, Psa11:13. Beloved, the cup of salvation is not the splendor of this world but the trial of our faith (i.e. suffering with Christ).
1 Peter 1:7 “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found to praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”
- He made up his mind to live an uncompromising righteous life, Psa116:18.
- He found out that to unwrap the full benefits of God is in the breaking of the shell of troubles and sorrows, Psa116:12.
- He discovered that there is a fountain of praises in him which the enemy does not want him to release because it is God’s food to praise Him.
Psalms 116:17 “I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.”
To every genuine Christian, there is always a song to sing at the other side of the Red sea and there is a holy music the world must hear from him to the glory of God. Therefore, when trouble comes and sorrow surrounds, look unto Jesus; there is a joy He wants to give you which no man can take away.
John 16:22 “And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.”
Christianity is a unique relationship with God and not a religion. There is no promise of “no troubles, weeping, sorrowfulness of heart, etc” but there is a promise of divine intervention and gracious outcome of joy.
John 16:20 “Verily, verily, I say to you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.”
For Christ to say “verily, verily,” means that we can’t escape troubles and its anchors. He (Jesus) experienced it (Mark14:32-42), we must exprience it. The beauty of it is that your experience will not end in death but in glory and exceeding joy.
1 Peter 4:13 “But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.”
This is the testimony of His saints. When trouble comes and sorrow surrounds you, rejoice in the Lord, watch and pray.
Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Psalms119. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries