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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)