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  • Tell the Next Generation (Psalm 78:1~8) Feb 21, 2018
    Views 2 Update Feb 21, 2018 Speakers Stephen Cha

    1 Psalm 78 A maskil of Asaph. O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth.
    2 I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old --
    3 what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us.
    4 We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.
    5 He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children,
    6 so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.
    7 Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.
    8 They would not be like their forefathers -- a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.

     

     

    Reflection

    Telling the Testimony (78:1–5)

    In the first five verses of this psalm, Asaph expresses his commitment to take up the God-given responsibility of telling the next generation about His deeds, power, and wonders. In the days of Israel’s forefathers, they were not to keep the record of His mighty acts to themselves. Instead, God commanded His people to make His deeds known to the next generation. The transmission of these testimonies is important to God. Knowing that Israel’s ancestors experienced God’s great deeds, the present generation is commanded to speak compellingly of His works to those coming after them. Likewise, we should not keep our own testimonies hidden away. We should not hesitate to share how we have seen God’s hand working in our lives.

     

    When have you seen God’s hand at work in your life? With whom can you share your testimony today?

     

    The Purpose of Testimony (78:6–8)

    There is an intended purpose behind the transmission of testimonies in Israel. Previous generations were stubborn and rebellious; they forgot God’s deeds and did not keep His commands. God therefore commands His people to share their testimonies as a way to nurture their faith in Him and foster obedience to His commands. God desires future generations to know of His works, and as a result, be marked by steadfast faith. When we testify of God’s work to the next generation, we invest in their faith. God uses our testimonies to draw people to Himself and nurture the faith and obedience of His people.

     

    What might happen if you never share your testimony? How can your testimony help sow the seeds of the Gospel in the hearts of younger generations?

     

    A letter to God 

    Father, thank you for giving me a testimony to share. I am grateful for the evidence of Your faithfulness in my life. Help me to faithfully testify of Your goodness in ways that magnify You. May my testimony be used to draw many to faith in the Gospel. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

     

     

    * All Copyrights of the text in Living Life belong to Duranno Books.

  • Walking Victoriously (Psalm 77:10~20) Feb 20, 2018
    Views 2 Update Feb 20, 2018 Speakers Stephen Cha

    10 Then I thought, "To this I will appeal: the years of the right hand of the Most High."
    11 I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
    12 I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.
    13 Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God?
    14 You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.
    15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. Selah
    16 The waters saw you, O God, the waters saw you and writhed; the very depths were convulsed.
    17 The clouds poured down water, the skies resounded with thunder; your arrows flashed back and forth.
    18 Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind, your lightning lit up the world; the earth trembled and quaked.
    19 Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen.
    20 You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

     

     

    Reflection

    Turning Point (77:10–15)

    After fully expressing his grief before the LORD, Asaph experiences a moment of clarity. He shifts his focus away from his own pain and looks to the LORD, intentionally remembering all that He has done. Although Asaph’s situation has not changed, his outlook changes drastically because his eyes are now fixed on God. There are times when we can neither control nor understand our circumstances. But when we meditate on the LORD and what He has done, it sets us free from worrying or falling into despair. As we submit our thoughts under the rule of Christ, we discipline our flesh to yield to God’s truth, and we open the door to experiencing true freedom and abundant life regardless of our circumstances.

     

    What mighty deeds has God done in your life? How has this changed your perspective on the world?

     

    Our Mighty Shepherd (77:16–20)

    A line from one of my favorite songs says, “God is fighting for us, pushing back the darkness, lighting up the kingdom that cannot be shaken. In the name of Jesus, enemy’s defeated, and we will shout it out.” Though Asaph does not use these exact words, he demonstrates the same truth at the end of his psalm: God can move powerfully on our behalf. He is able to make a path through mighty waters, and He leads His people as a shepherd leads his flock. We were created to navigate life with God, and He loves it when we run to Him for protection and strength instead of relying on our own meager resources.

     

    Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal one situation where you have been attempting to use your own strength or wisdom. Repent and ask God to help you through the challenges of the situation.

     

    A letter to God 

    Father, thank you that I can cast everything that causes me anxiety onto You. I confess that I cannot handle my life on my own. I invite Your strength, wisdom, and power to work in me so that You may accomplish through me all that You desire. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

     

     

    * All Copyrights of the text in Living Life belong to Duranno Books.

  • Facing Dark Times (Psalm 77:1~9) Feb 19, 2018
    Views 7 Update Feb 19, 2018 Speakers Jacob Jeon

    1 For Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A psalm. I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me.
    2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands and my soul refused to be comforted.
    3 I remembered you, O God, and I groaned; I mused, and my spirit grew faint. Selah
    4 You kept my eyes from closing; I was too troubled to speak.
    5 I thought about the former days, the years of long ago;
    6 I remembered my songs in the night. My heart mused and my spirit inquired:
    7 "Will the Lord reject forever? Will he never show his favor again?
    8 Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed for all time?
    9 Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has he in anger withheld his compassion?" Selah

     

     

    Reflection

    The Overcomer (77:1–4)

    Asaph is in distress, and he is unable to sleep or even speak because of the crushing weight of his pain. He thus cries out to God with disarming honesty, but he does not appear to receive an immediate response. As believers, we may feel like Asaph when we experience trouble in this world, wondering when relief will come—if at all. But God has not left us without hope. Jesus, our Savior and King, has overcome this world. When faced with trials, we can cry out to Jesus who is able to exchange our weakness for His glorious strength. Let us continually seek the One who can sustain us during our darkest times.

     

    How do you respond when you face pain and distress? Surrender your thoughts and feelings to Jesus who brings you hope and strength.

     

    What About Doubt? (77:5–9)

    As Asaph recalls better times, he reveals his doubts through a series of questions about God’s character and promises. When life becomes uncertain, we may be tempted to question God’s commitment to us, but we must not allow our thoughts and emotions to overtake us. We can turn to the gift of God’s Word, a consistent message of love, repentance, forgiveness, grace, and mercy, and allow it to steady us in an otherwise turbulent world. When we choose to hold onto Scripture, we allow the Holy Spirit to uproot unbelief and replace old lies with truth, bringing order to our souls. We can rest in the knowledge that God remains faithful and to walk with increased confidence and clarity through every trial we face.

     

    Choose a verse that helps you combat your fears and doubts. Say the verse out loud throughout the day until you can recite it without looking and you feel it take root in your heart.

     

    A letter to God 

    Lord, thank you for giving me Your Holy Spirit. Thank you for empowering me to overcome every challenging situation I face. I invite You into my life and ask for Your wisdom and grace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

     

     

    * All Copyrights of the text in Living Life belong to Duranno Books.

  • Victory Belongs to God (Psalm 76:1~12) Feb 18, 2018
    Views 0 Update Feb 18, 2018 Speakers Jacob Jeon

    1 Psalm 76 For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of Asaph. A song. In Judah God is known; his name is great in Israel.
    2 His tent is in Salem, his dwelling place in Zion.
    3 There he broke the flashing arrows, the shields and the swords, the weapons of war. Selah
    4 You are resplendent with light, more majestic than mountains rich with game.
    5 Valiant men lie plundered, they sleep their last sleep; not one of the warriors can lift his hands.
    6 At your rebuke, O God of Jacob, both horse and chariot lie still.
    7 You alone are to be feared. Who can stand before you when you are angry?
    8 From heaven you pronounced judgment, and the land feared and was quiet --
    9 when you, O God, rose up to judge, to save all the afflicted of the land. Selah
    10 Surely your wrath against men brings you praise, and the survivors of your wrath are restrained.
    11 Make vows to the LORD your God and fulfill them; let all the neighboring lands bring gifts to the One to be feared.
    12 He breaks the spirit of rulers; he is feared by the kings of the earth.

     

     

    Reflection

    Acknowledging God’s Sovereignty (76:1–12)

    This psalm is a celebration of God’s unparalleled might in delivering His people from the hands of an intruding army. As Asaph the psalmist recounts God’s judgment and victory, he reminds us that God is sovereign over all. When we see the brokenness that prevails around us today, we may be tempted to question God as victor but we should not allow our circumstances or the current state of the world to shape our perceptions of God. His Word assures us that He does not change. His ability and willingness to rescue His people remain the same, and He has promised to return one day to execute final judgment upon the world. We are therefore able to offer our praise and thanksgiving for God’s saving work in our lives, even in seemingly hopeless situations trusting that one day He will reign in total victory.

     

    What difficult circumstances are you facing right now? Ask the Holy Spirit how you can pray, trusting that God will deliver you and grant you victory.

     

     

    A letter to God 

    The Unreached
    The Khmer live in western and central Cambodia and make up the majority of the country's total population. The majority are Buddhist, but relics of ethnic religions such as ancestor worship and spirit worship also remain. Although the Bible and other Christian resources are available, few Khmer have turned to Christ. Pray that God would soften the hearts of the Khmer people so that they would find true healing and inner peace through the Gospel.

     

     

    * All Copyrights of the text in Living Life belong to Duranno Books.

  • Praise for the Judge (Psalm 75:1~10) Feb 17, 2018
    Views 11 Update Feb 17, 2018 Speakers Jacob Jeon

    1 To the tune of "Do Not Destroy." A psalm of Asaph. A song. We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks, for your Name is near; men tell of your wonderful deeds.
    2 You say, "I choose the appointed time; it is I who judge uprightly.
    3 When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm. Selah
    4 To the arrogant I say, `Boast no more,' and to the wicked, `Do not lift up your horns.
    5 Do not lift your horns against heaven; do not speak with outstretched neck.'"
    6 No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt a man.
    7 But it is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another.
    8 In the hand of the LORD is a cup full of foaming wine mixed with spices; he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to its very dregs.
    9 As for me, I will declare this forever; I will sing praise to the God of Jacob.
    10 I will cut off the horns of all the wicked, but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.

     

     

    Reflection

    He Judges the Wicked (75:1–5)

    Asaph praises God, for He is near to His people. Though the wicked try to threaten His people, God will judge the whole earth at the appointed time He chooses. Even when the wicked seem powerful and influential, and the world seems out of order, evil will not reign on earth forever because God is just, and He judges with equity. God holds the pillars of the earth and guarantees the stability of the world. He will move in power to judge the arrogant and call them to account. Today’s passage reminds us that as we await the judgment of God, we are to stand firm, trusting that we do so because God Himself sustains us. On the final day, we who have trusted in Christ will be able to look to Him as He redeems all of creation.

     

    How does knowing that God will one day judge all creation change the way you live your life today?

     

    He Brings Down and Exalts (75:6–10)

    Asaph declares that God decides who He will bring down or exalt. God is Judge over all, and He will not tolerate the wicked forever. Those who are arrogant try to take the place of God and refuse to acknowledge His authority. They exalt themselves, leading to a road of destruction. They will meet their end when God pours out His cup of judgment upon them. The One who created man has the authority to judge man, and He will move in power to destroy evil. Evil will no longer reign on the earth, for God will cut off the wicked and raise up the righteous.

     

    Are you relying on your own good works to save you? Pray that you would place your hope in the righteousness of Christ.

     

    A letter to God 

    One True God, You alone reign on earth. I submit myself to Your authority and ask You to cleanse my heart of all wickedness. Remove any unclean thing from me, and lift me up as Your righteous child. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

     

     

    * All Copyrights of the text in Living Life belong to Duranno Books.