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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).