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  • No God? Only God! (Psalm 53:1~6) Oct 23, 2017
    Views 4 Update Oct 23, 2017 Speakers Stephen Cha

    1 Psalm 53 For the director of music. According to mahalath. A maskil of David. The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good.
    2 God looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.
    3 Everyone has turned away, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.
    4 Will the evildoers never learn -- those who devour my people as men eat bread and who do not call on God?
    5 There they were, overwhelmed with dread, where there was nothing to dread. God scattered the bones of those who attacked you; you put them to shame, for God despised them.
    6 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

     

     

    Reflection

    Fervent Foolishness (53:1–4)

    There is much evil in this world—it is filled with violence, hatred, deceit, destruction, and greed. The worst act of evil that man can commit, however, is a refusal to acknowledge God because it goes against the very reason we were created: to know God and to worship Him alone. The corrupt people described in this psalm revel in their foolishness and live as though God does not exist. But God stands in direct opposition to those who deny His presence. Eventually, their continued denial of God will lead to their destruction. God is looking for humble people who seek Him earnestly. May we acknowledge God in everything we do and seek to be in right relationship with Him.

     

    How does your relationship with God impact your relationships with others? Pray that you would be the aroma of Christ to those around you who deny Him.

     

    The Lord Saves (53:5–6)

    When we are confronted by those who deny God and attack His people, we may be tempted to take matters into our own hands and mete out our own version of justice. We may cry out to God, “It’s not fair!” and then deny His sovereignty by acting according to our own ideas of what is right. These verses remind us, however, that God is the ultimate Judge and will bring about His justice in His time. We can have peace and rejoice because God will not let wickedness continue forever; He will save and restore His people from those who attack them. Until then, let us continue to call upon His name, waiting patiently for the day when God Himself will right all wrongs and bring about the justice we so earnestly seek.

     

    When you are tempted to despair at the evil that surrounds you, pray that God would lift your gaze upward to see Him, who rules with sovereignty, acts justly, and judges in righteousness.

     

    A letter to God 

    Lord, the world is a frightening place—infinitely more so for those who do not know you. Help me to be the light that shines Your name in the darkness. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

     

     

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

  • Fixing Our Eyes on God (Psalm 52:1~9) Oct 22, 2017
    Views 5 Update Oct 22, 2017 Speakers Wesley McClure

    1 Psalm 52 For the director of music. A maskil of David. When Doeg the Edomite had gone to Saul and told him: "David has gone to the house of Ahimelech." Why do you boast of evil, you mighty man? Why do you boast all day long, you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
    2 Your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor, you who practice deceit.
    3 You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. Selah
    4 You love every harmful word, O you deceitful tongue!
    5 Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin: He will snatch you up and tear you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah
    6 The righteous will see and fear; they will laugh at him, saying,
    7 "Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!"
    8 But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God's unfailing love for ever and ever.
    9 I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of your saints.

     

     

    Reflection

    Wicked Winners?  (52:1–7)

    The wicked man described in this psalm plots the ruin of others, lies to advance his own causes, and deceives with his words. He puts his trust in his own wealth and gets ahead by stepping on others. When we see the wicked prosper like this, we may be tempted to feel like we are missing out by not following suit—everyone else is doing it and seems to be benefiting greatly, so why shouldn’t we? Yet the people of God are called to pursue a different path; we are to be holy and set apart because God Himself is holy. Where the ways of God are different from the ways of the world, our allegiance must be with God.

     

    Do you grumble when you see the unrighteous prospering? Pray for the peace that comes from acknowledging God’s sovereignty over all.

     

    Flourishing in God (52:8–9)

    David draws a stark contrast between the evil and the righteous. While evil people become prosperous at the expense of others, the righteous flourish within God’s presence. The wicked are a disgrace in the eyes of God, but the righteous put their hope in God alone and respond to Him with praise. Though the world may try to tell us, “Be independent. Build your own destiny. Be the master of your fate,” God’s Word reminds us that we will flourish when we place our lives in the hands of our faithful God. Those who are dependent on God may seem weak in the eyes of the world today, but trusting in God is the surest way to find security and strength in this changing and unreliable world.

     

    In what do you place your ultimate hope and trust? If it is anything other than God, turn your heart back to Him today.

     

    A letter to God 

    The Nations
    For the first time, the state of Israel has allowed a Christian radio station to be broadcast in the region. “Voice of Hope” is an Evangelical radio network that aims to spread a message of hope and peace in Israel and to neighboring countries. Pray that the Voice of Hope broadcasters would be filled with the Holy Spirit and that the Gospel would be spread through its radio programs in Israel and throughout the Middle East.

     

     

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

  • New Hearts for New Living (Psalm 51:1~19) Oct 21, 2017
    Views 9 Update Oct 21, 2017 Speakers Wesley McClure

    1 Psalm 51 For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
    2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
    3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
    4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.
    5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
    6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.
    7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
    8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
    9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.
    10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
    11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
    12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
    13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.
    14 Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
    15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
    16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
    17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
    18 In your good pleasure make Zion prosper; build up the walls of Jerusalem.
    19 Then there will be righteous sacrifices, whole burnt offerings to delight you; then bulls will be offered on your altar.

     

     

    Reflection

    Wrestling with Sin (51:1–12)

    After David commits adultery with Bathsheba and kills her husband Uriah, the prophet Nathan confronts him regarding his sins, and David cries out to God for mercy. David knows full well that God is loving, kind, and merciful, but he also knows that he must confess his sins and seek God’s forgiveness. His attitude as a sinner before God is therefore one of humble repentance. While God offers us His forgiveness freely, we can only receive it when we humble ourselves and repent of our sins—there is no other way for us to take hold of His grace. We must acknowledge our guilt, accept our helplessness, and seek His renewal in our lives.

     

    Have you ever taken God’s forgiveness for granted? Cry out to God for His mercy, knowing He is faithful to hear you and grant you a heart of repentance before Him.

     

    A Right Response (51:13–19)

    Through Christ, God has forgiven us of our sins. How then should we respond to God’s forgiveness? David teaches us three ways to respond to God. First, we can share with others what God has done. Through witnessing, evangelism, and missions, we can tell our neighbors, “My sin separated me from God, but He forgave me!” Second, we can praise Him. We can sing and declare to the world, “God is good! Look at what He has done for me!” Finally, we can live lives of sacrificial worship with humble and contrite hearts, joyfully offering back to God all He has given us. May God enable us to respond to Him rightly as blessed children who have received His mercy and grace!

     

    How will you respond to God’s forgiveness today? How can you witness to others, praise His name, and worship Him with your whole life?

     

    A letter to God 

    Gracious God, You are rightly to be praised, for You have redeemed me for Yourself by the blood of Your Son. Grant me a contrite spirit that brings forth a heart of repentance, that I may draw nearer to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

     

     

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

  • Humble Hearts of Obedience (Psalm 50:16~23) Oct 20, 2017
    Views 12 Update Oct 20, 2017 Speakers Wesley McClure

    16 But to the wicked, God says: "What right have you to recite my laws or take my covenant on your lips?
    17 You hate my instruction and cast my words behind you.
    18 When you see a thief, you join with him; you throw in your lot with adulterers.
    19 You use your mouth for evil and harness your tongue to deceit.
    20 You speak continually against your brother and slander your own mother's son.
    21 These things you have done and I kept silent; you thought I was altogether like you. But I will rebuke you and accuse you to your face.
    22 "Consider this, you who forget God, or I will tear you to pieces, with none to rescue:
    23 He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God."

     

     

    Reflection

    Walk the Walk (50:16–20)

    The wicked described in these verses know God’s laws, yet they refuse to obey His commands. They ignore God and choose to live in sin. But God sees everything. He sees past the outer veneer of godliness and judges our hearts. He does not want us to simply accumulate knowledge about Him; He wants us to have a relationship with Him and to walk in His ways. In His grace, He gives us everything we need to live a life of obedience that is pleasing to Him. With every act of obedience, however small it may seem in our eyes, we bring joy to God’s heart and experience His abundant blessings as well.

     

    Ask God to reveal any times you encouraged others to walk in His ways but were unwilling to walk in obedience yourself. Repent and ask God to empower you to obey His commands.

     

    Altogether Other (50:21–23)

    God is infinitely wise, completely pure, and altogether beautiful. He has never been tainted by sin or defiled by evil. He does not need us, yet He has chosen to be in relationship with us. Not only that, but because of His Son, we are made one with Him in spirit! Yet, if we view God’s willingness to become one with us as a sign that He is just like us, we are sorely mistaken. His decision to commune with His imperfect creation does not in any way take away from His holiness and splendor. May we see God for who He is and realize what a privilege it is to be united with Him.

     

    What are some words that come to mind when you reflect on God’s character? How have you personally experienced those attributes of God in your life?

     

    A letter to God 

    Thank you Lord that Your ways are not my ways. Thank you that they are higher and better than mine. Thank you for entering my world and revealing Yourself to me. Please teach me and empower me to live a life pleasing to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

     

     

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

  • The Judge Speaks (Psalm 50:1~15) Oct 19, 2017
    Views 7 Update Oct 19, 2017 Speakers Wesley McClure

    1 Psalm 50 A psalm of Asaph. The Mighty One, God, the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets.
    2 From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth.
    3 Our God comes and will not be silent; a fire devours before him, and around him a tempest rages.
    4 He summons the heavens above, and the earth, that he may judge his people:
    5 "Gather to me my consecrated ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice."
    6 And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for God himself is judge. Selah
    7 "Hear, O my people, and I will speak, O Israel, and I will testify against you: I am God, your God.
    8 I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices or your burnt offerings, which are ever before me.
    9 I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens,
    10 for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.
    11 I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine.
    12 If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it.
    13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats?
    14 Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High,
    15 and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me."

     

     

    Reflection

    God’s Role as Judge (50:1–6)

    Oftentimes we like to focus on God’s grace and mercy when we look at our own lives and proclaim His justice and judgment when we look at the evil in the world. This passage, however, is a sobering reminder that God’s role as Judge applies to the wicked and the righteous alike. Because we have been saved by the blood of Christ, we are no longer condemned to eternal life apart from God, but we will still be called to give an account for how we lived while on earth. It is not easy to follow the path of righteousness, but thankfully, we can ask God to fill our hearts with the desire to love and obey Him. When we do, He is faithful to transform our lives so that we look more and more like Him. This gives us confidence for the day when we will stand before Him.

     

    Has the Lord highlighted anything in your heart that is not pleasing to Him? May His kindness leads you to repent.

     

    God’s Requirement for the Judged (50:7–15)

    When it comes to religious rituals, God makes it clear that His focus is not on the sacrifice itself but on the heart of the one offering the sacrifice. God established a covenant with His people to pursue a relationship with us, not so that He would have an endless supply of choice meat. His desire is for us to engage with Him in a genuine relationship of love and trust; we are made to commune with our Creator. We are called to give Him offerings of thanksgiving, lives of obedience, and hearts that depend on Him. By surrendering ourselves fully to God, we cultivate intimacy with our Creator and honor Him in a way that brings Him pleasure.

     

    In what areas of your life is God calling you to a greater measure of intimacy? How will you respond to His call?

     

    A letter to God 

    Lord, I acknowledge you as the supreme Judge of the world. Please expose any areas of my life where I am not wholly devoted to you. I want to live Your way, not mine. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

     

     

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