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Like a Prophet

A personal reflection on Psalm 68

 

I really admired King David for he really knows a big part of God, indeed, he’s  a man after God’s heart. In reading Psalms, King David was able to describe God, I think, in more than a thousand different ways. In this Psalm, David described the indescribable God as the  5 Father to the fatherless, 9 Gives abundantly and refreshes the weary, 19 Bears our burdens, 20 God who saves,  33 rides the ancient skies and thunders with mighty voice, 34 whose power is in the skies, 35 awesome; gives power and strength to His people.

Isn’t that amazing? David, a human yet knows a lot about God. My personal prayer is that me too can be like him, to search for God, follow Him, delight on His words, worship Him day and night, and be after His heart that I may be able to know Him more and be able to describe Him in my own little words like David.


One of the well-known stories in the Bible is about the famous young lad who knocked down the giant Goliath, who then becomes a King thereafter. David was just a shepherd boy turned great King, yet upon reading this Psalm, I saw something that made me say that  King David is like a prophet for he knows that Jesus is coming.

“7-8 When you, God, went out before your people, the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain,” 20 Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.”

Isn’t this the same thing that happened the moment when Jesus died? Indeed, all the things written in the Bible points out to its real message – a savior has come to reunite God and mankind.

A shepherd, a warrior, a King, a man after God’s heart, truly an amazing man – David. He’s almost perfect, but we all know that even though he draw near to God still He had sin and fall short but David’s sins didn’t hindered him to come boldly to God. He chose to to face and worship God despite his failures.

My prayer is that as I draw near to God may I always come boldly to Him despite my flaws and circumstances like King David that I may know Him more and grasp even the tiny itsy bitsy piece of His greatness, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

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Like a V.I.P.

A personal reflection on Psalm 50

God is indescribable, but the Psalmist was able to give tiny pieces/ definitions of how great our God is, he says:  He is the Mighty One, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth, commands the sun, perfect in beauty, shines forth, will never be silent, a fire devours before Him, around Him a tempest rages, speaks and summons the heavens, righteous, and a judge.

Those descriptions will never be enough to described an indescribable God. More than knowing and trying to grasp God, it is the feeling of personal encounter with Him that makes Him more praiseworthy day by day.

More than a million adjective that can be used to describe Him, it is this line that did captivates me, He says, “I am God, your God.” –Psalm 50:7

I don’t need to find the best description of Him any more for I know I can’t contain His greatness into one word but being a God is enough more so saying that He is my God. This is just amazing for me to know! He is my God – nothing more and nothing less.

There are people in this world that we see or treat like gods – we see them like they are in pedestals looking down to us, we treat them specially as if they don’t have their own hands, we  call them Very Important Person, we exert efforts just to please them, and we even sacrifice for them.

How about God?  How do we treat Him? Do we treat Him like a VIP? He said that He is our God, so it is just rightful to exert an effort to please Him and to sacrifice for Him.

“Your sacrifices are ever before me.” – 

God never fails to be pleased with our sacrifices, if other people cannot or do not appreciate the things that we do for them. God is indeed different, indescribable. God said that He is pleased with us and with the things that we do for Him. He loves our sacrifices and more than that He promises deliverance and salvation that no person in this world can ever offer.

“Sacrifice thank offerings to God,
    fulfill your vows to the Most High,
15 and call on me in the day of trouble;
    I will deliver you, and you will honor me.

23 Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me,
    and to the blameless I will show my salvation.”

                                                               – Psalm 50

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Like Cheerers and Fans

 A  personal reflection on Psalm 47

I remember what Pastor Chico Pena said during one Sunday service, it was during the time of 2012 London Olympics, he says, If we can cheer and shout for the basketball players, boxers, and other athletes, what more to God, who deserves all the praise?”

It is in the nature of every Filipino to love sports and music. In fact, the world can really see the unity in us as we support Manny Pacquiao and Jessica Sanchez in their personal battles before. We were all saddened as they lose, but in all their success and even failures, our shout and cheer for them never ends. We feel the pride as a Filipino every time our Kababayan is recognized worldwide, we are in great awe with their gifts and abilities.

The Bible says, “Clap your hands, all you nations;  shout to God with cries of joy.” (Psalm 47:1)

Clap for God? Shout to God? Why? Is God an athlete? a Filipino who holds different boxing belts/titles? Is God a singer? an American Idol?

“For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.” (Psalm 47:2)

God is most high, he is awesome. He is a King over all the earth! Our praises for Him will never be enough to proclaim His greatness.

When Prince William got married, the world almost stopped just to watch the so-called Royal wedding. When Manny Pacquiao has a fight, there is no traffic, there is low criminal rate, for all eyes (even the criminals) are on his game. When Jessica Sanchez was on stage, the Filipinos shouted and cheered for her even if she cannot hear it.

 

But how about to God? What do we do for His every second greatness? Do we stop and cheer for Him too?

 

The Psalmist encouraged us to be like cheerers and fans of God – to praise, shout, and cheer for Him, he says: Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.”

God deserves all our praises every millisecond  of our lives. Every star, beauty queens, athletes, and royals belong to Him.

“for the kings of the earth belong to God” –  Psalm 47:9

All our praises are due to Him. In our lives, he is to be lifted high, he is to be greatly exalted. (Psalm 47:9)

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Like an unborn child.

A personal reflection on Psalm 24

Let me sing (write) this lines, “I have nothing, nothing, nothing, if I don’t have you.”

Indeed, I own nothing or should I say no one owns anything. Even David, a King, said, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (Psalm 24:1)

I have witnessed countless miracles, a childbirth, many times; and the only beautiful thing that I love to see during deliveries (normal or via Cesarean section) is the coming out of a baby covered with flood and sometimes with poop. What’s beautiful with that? It’s gross, right? But for me, it’s beautiful as it humbles me that all humans came out of this world with nothing. No one came out of the womb with gold in his head, even Jesus was born disgustingly in a manger.

A newborns first cry is his/her first own breath to survive here on earth. As the cord was clamped and cut from our mother’s, we will live on our own, breath on our own, and feed on our own.

I have witnessed several deaths too. It’s very painful to see our patients die, but even death humbles me, for every time we do the post mortem care and send our patients to the morgue, their bodies doesn’t have status anymore; they don’t own anything anymore, all they have is a lifeless body.

We came to earth with nothing at birth, and we leave the earth with nothing at death.

I believe, even though we are born already, we must live a life like an unborn child  inside our mother’s womb –  in God’s Kingdom, under His care; and that as long as we are with Him, we don’t need to cry to breathe on our own, we don’t have to open our mouths to be fed.

Within His Lordship, we all have what we need, for He is our King and He owns everything.

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Like A Sheep

A personal reflection on Psalm 23

We all know the character of a shepherd, someone selflessly provides his flock, someone who spends his entire thinking nothing but his sheep, someone who is willing to risk his life just to protects his flock.

I just wondered what’s with a sheep, why does it need a shepherd. As per my research, the characteristics of a sheep are:

1. They are foolish and slow to learn. In fact, what Google says about sheep is that they only know one thing – to eat grass.

2. A sheep is unattractive. They are dirty, smelly, and ugly for they can’t groom on their own. They lack agility and they don’t have a sense of dignity.

3. They are demanding and dependent. – They cry too much for their shepherd to be with them. They can’t live a day without someone looking after them.

4. A sheep is stubborn. One of the testimonies of someone who looks after animals says, “moving an elephant is easier than moving a sheep”.

5. They are unpredictable, and copycats. At times they want to be the grass then suddenly they would cross the streets like nomads. When one sheep cries, the other cries, and so on, and so forth.

6. A sheep is restless. They only have few hours of sleep. They wake up early and sleep late.

7. They are same anywhere. Dogs are variable in every state and country, even cows have a variety. But the sheep are the same everywhere.

8. They are straying. They easily get lost even if the only thing they have to do is to simply follow the shepherd and his flock, still some get lost.

Because God has been compared to a shepherd, I conclude that we, humans, are sheep!

Apart from God, we are foolish, unattractive, unpredictable, copycats, restless, and lost. Look at the sheep at the picture below, it can’t stand up on its own.

We are like that sheep, but Jesus saw us and He had compassion on us that he sees as a sheep without a shepherd (Matthew 9:36).

Like a sheep, we can’t live without our shepherd. We all need God, our shepherd; and with Him, we will never be in want (Psalm 23:1) and surely goodness and love will follow us,  all the days of our life (Psalm 23:6).

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Like A Sun

A personal reflection on Psalm 19

 

Who does not want to live a life with a revived soul; to live a simple but wise life with radiant eyes, a joyful heart, and a certain future; to be loved with a pure and enduring love; to be considered precious, even more precious than gold; to live all our days with sweetness, even sweeter than honey; to have daily great rewards; and to be called righteous?

The psalmist David, in all his grandeurs, considers only one source and cause of all the beautiful things that this life has to offer – God.

 Only God can give the life that we desire; a life that can surpass even our greatest dreams, ambitions, and imaginations. He gives the fullness of life in Christ Jesus.

“Even the heavens declare the glory of God; and the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” – Psalm 19:1

King David also compares God’s goodness to His creation – the sun.

4 In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth  

God’s love and greatness doesn’t set off; it is always here, ever present. We may consider it hidden as the night came upon us, but God gives us the moon to give light, a hope for us to hold on, to endure, and to wait patiently until the breaking of the dawn.

God’s goodness never fails as long as the sun rises every day, and as long as we keep His laws and obey His commands, there is great reward as it is written (Psalm 19:11).

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Like A Tree

Psalm 1

A personal reflection.

That person is like a tree 

planted by streams of water,

which yields its fruit in season and

whose leaf does not wither

whatever they do prospers.


Streams of water is like never ending blessings, abundance, and life.  The Psalmist is saying here that those who delight in the law of the Lord will be like a tree that never loses its abundance. Isn’t it amazing to know that as we delight in God we are also blessed? We are sure to live a life of abundance. A life of fullness through Christ.

Yields fruit in season but not for all the seasons.  God has something for us to wait and receive, all we just have to do is to wait while rejoicing patiently for His promises.

Leaf that does not wither for me means that as we are in the streams of water, we will never be dry, and we will never lack in anything. The leaves may be far from the roots, but as long as our roots are in good grounds (grounded in His words, laws, and love), we will be sustained.

Whatever they do prospers!  This is the best part; God said that in all  things we will be prosperous. BUT the Psalmist says, “they”. He didn’t said, “all men will prosper”. Who are they that the Psalmist is talking about?

The Psalmist says,

1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked  2but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.

                 

There are so many promises of God in His words and some of us just tend to keep on waiting for those promises overlooking what God wants us to be before He gives those promises.

When the storms of life came, will our tree surpass and remain standing or we easily fall down? When we feel that we are not prosperous and our leaves have dried, will we ask someone to water us or we just look at our roots and see that we are planted in a stream of water?

All plants did survive because their roots are planted right and they are sustained.

Where do we need to plant our roots? The Psalmist simply says, In His laws that person is like a tree planted in a stream of water.”  Let us root our lives in His laws, delight in His words, meditate on it  day and night; so in whatever we do, we prosper.