Friday, September 25, 2020

THE PSALM 84 WORSHIPPER (PART 2)

 

"For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God 
than dwell in the tents of wickedness" 
(Psalm 84:10)


THE DOORKEEPER

According to the inscription, this psalm is associated with "the sons of Korah," who were Levites assigned to guard the threshold of the sanctuary (1 Chronicles 9:19), an important and honorable office. Their ancestor rebelled against God and Moses and was slain by the LORD (see Numbers 16 - note "tents of wickedness" in Psalm 84:10 and Numbers 16:26) but continued to serve at the sanctuary. The psalmist didn't aspire to a high office ("gatekeeper" in 1 Chronicles 9:19 is not the same word as "doorkeeper" in Psalm 84:10) but was willing to "sit at the threshold" of the temple, just to be close to the LORD.



Have you ever wondered why he was willing to be a doorkeeper? Some interesting insights for your thoughts:

1) He holds the key to God's presence (to unlock the threshold of an "open-heaven") 

The prophet Isaiah likens the presence of God among His people to a city, concerning which he says: "You will call your walls Salvation and Your gates Praise" (Isaiah 60:18 ). The only way through those walls of Salvation is by the gates of Praise. Unless we learn to approach God with praise, we have no access into His presence. The "Door-Keeper" has the "master key or Master's key" to unlock many other doors in the temple in to His glorious Presence!

2) Jesus is The Door (John 10:7-9) 

In the sense that Christ is a Door, the psalmist may well be content to be a doorkeeper, and though in God's house there be many mansions, yet seeing all of them are glorious, even the door keeper's place is not without its glory when one is passionate and hungry (God chaser) for His Presence - just to encounter Jesus

3) Miracles does happen at the gate (Acts 3:1-10 

Whenever Jesus is presence, there will be miracles, healings, restoration.... Be A God Chaser - a passionate Worshipper. As a doorkeeper, you hold the key to God's Presence!

Be blessed! - TPWC.

Monday, August 31, 2020

THE PSALM 84 WORSHIPPER (PART 1)




"How lovely is Your tabernacle, O LORD of hosts! 
My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the LORD; 
my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God" 
Psalm 84:1-2  (NKJV)

Psalm 84 expresses the thoughts of a Worshipper who wants to go to Jerusalem for a feast [there are three annual feast - Exodus 23:17; 34:23] but cannot. His great desire was not to go to Jerusalem solely to observe a holy day. Instead, he wanted to go to the temple to meet God. "Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young" (verse 3). In other word, God's Living house is to his soul what a nest is to a swallow - a place of rest and security and satisfaction. The psalmist even envies the priests. "Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; they will still be praising You" (verse 4). Outsiders were not allowed to live there, and they were limited in where they cold go inside. Only the priests could enter the Holy of holies.


Today, we have the privilege to fellowship with God without going through a priest. Do we have a desire and a hunger to worship Him? Does our hearts cry out for the living God. Or are we happy for an excuse to be somewhere else from God's house? The important thing is that we have a heart devoted to the LORD, a spiritual "appetite" that cries out for nourishing fellowship with the LORD. How easy it is for us to take for granted the privilege of worshipping "the living God," [see also Psalm 115:1-8] a privilege purchased for us on the cross.

May we pray and hunger like David, "As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God" (Psalm 42:1-2).
Jesus said, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled" (Matthew 5:6).

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

PRAISE THE LORD FOREVERMORE!


Key Verses: "Blessed be the name of The Lord from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to it's going down the Lord's name is to be praised" (Verse 2-3).

The psalm opens and closes with "Praise The Lord" and give us three wonderful reasons for praising The Lord:
1) God's Name Is the Greatest! (Verses 1-3)

2) God's Throne Is The Highest (Verses 4-6)

3) God's Love Is The Kindest (Verses 7-9)

As His beloved children we have the responsibilities to praise Him:
A) We Are To Praise Him
It is a tragic when we forget to praise The Lord. God deserves our praise, for He does so much for us.

B ) Praise All Day Long
"From the rising of the sun to its going down" (Verses 3). Praise Him when we rise up in the morning. Praise Him when we are retiring at the end of the day. Praise Him during the day for the good things that happen and for the difficult things. Give thanks for seeing us through each and every situation.

C) Praise Him All Over The World
As suggested by the Psalmist's reference to the journey of the sun from the east to the west that our praise to Him should encompass the whole world.

We should never run out of reasons to praise The Lord. Is praise part of our daily walk with The Lord? Make it a habit to Praise The Lord Forevermore!
Prayer, Praise, and Promises - Warren W. Wiersbe



God has attached responsibility to our privilege. We never run out of reasons to praise the Lord. Our praise to Him should encompass the whole day and the whole world. Is praise part of our daily walk with the Lord? Let everything that has breath praise the Lord - PRAISE THE LORD! (Psalm 150:6).



The Value of Praise:

Praise is the greatest work God’s children can ever do. It is the loftiest expression the saints can ever show. The highest manifestation of spiritual life is seen in men praising God - Watchman Nee.
Be inspired and be blessed.
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Sunday, June 28, 2020

GATEWAYS INTO HIS PRESENCE


"Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; 
Give thanks to Him and praise His name" 
(Psalm 100:4)



How important it is for each of us to know the way into God's presence! How do we come into His courts? The psalmist points out the way that God has ordained: We enter His gates with thanksgiving, His courts with praise. It is only as we come to God with thanksgiving and with praise that we have access into His presence.

The prophet Isaiah likens the presence of God among His people to a city, concerning which he says, "You will call your walls Salvation and Your gates Praise" (Isaiah 60:18). The only way through those walls of Salvation is by the gates of Praise. Unless we learn to approach God with praise, we have no access into His presence.



Confronted with this requirement, we are sometimes tempted to look around us at our situation and ask: "But what do I have to thank God for? What do I have to praise Him for?" There may be nothing in our immediate circumstances that appears to give us cause to thank or praise God. It is just here that the psalmist comes to our help. He gives us three reasons to thank and praise that is not affected by our circumstances (see verse 5):

1) The Lord is good
2) His love endures forever
3) His faithfulness continues through all generation.

All three are eternal, unchanging facts. If we truly believe them, then we have no alternative but to praise God for them - CONTINUALLY!

Perhaps this could be one of the reasons and secrets why the psalmist desired to be a doorkeeper (Psalm 84:10) and that King David was steadfast in his heart to declare: “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1).
Be inspired and be blessed!
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Thursday, May 28, 2020

BEING THANKFUL & BLESSED


Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; 
for his steadfast love endures forever!
Psalm 118:1

Blessings always flow from The Spirit of Gratitude! So let us pursue a steadfast heart full of thanks. What are some of the benefits of being thankful:

    * Gratitude keeps us continually aware that the Lord is good -  "Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever." (Psalm 136:1)

    * It motivates us to look for His purpose in our circumstances -  "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)

    * Thanksgiving helps bring our wills into submission to God -  "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

    * It reminds us of our continual dependence upon the Lord -  "Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgivingmeanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ. " (Colossains 4:2-3)

    * Thankfulness is an essential ingredient for joy - You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)

    * A grateful attitude strengthens our witness to pre-believers -  "Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks." (Ephesians 5:1-4)



    * Thanks focuses our attention on Him rather than our circumstances - "He calms the storm, so that its waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet; so He guides them to their desired haven. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!" (Psalm 107:29-31)

    * Gratitude gives us eternal perspective - We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come, because You have taken Your great power and reigned."(Revelation 11:17)

    * When we're wearied by our circumstances, thanksgiving energizes us - "For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgivingfor it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer." (1 Timothy 4:4-5)

    * The Spirit of Thanksgiving with prayer and supplication squash anxiety into peace, which passes all understanding. - Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.(Philippians 4:6-7)  

    * Thanksgiving is the key to unlock His presence - Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. (Psalm 100:4)

    * The Joy of the LORD is your strength in all circumstances.  “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)

    * You begin the day right when you give thanks to the Lord for it - "This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118:24)


Thursday, April 30, 2020

HOW TO COUNT IT ALL JOY?


    The first thought upon reading these verses is that steadfastness  had better be worth it. Be joyful in the midst of your pain, trial 
                 and crisis, because it will give way to steadfastness?                    Really? If it is true, how do you count it all joy?

In order to understand what James is saying, let’s put three definitions underneath all of this: 
                              1) JOY 
“Joy” is not a feeling of happiness. The Bible refers to joy as contentment in Christ. (John 16:33; Hebrews 12:2).  It is "The Joy of The Lord" - your strength (Nehemiah 8:10). That's why Paul is able to encourage us to "Rejoice in the Lord, always! (Philippians 4:4)... Rejoice in the Lord - not in your circumstances. 

2) FAITH 
“Faith” is believing that the promises of God that we cannot yet see or feel as reality will  come true, because He said so. (Hebrew 11:1,6).  James said, "Knowing that the testing of your faith, produces patience (steadfastness) - that means our faith is tested through trails, not produced by trials. Trials reveal what faith we do have or not have. So if trials does not produce faith, what does? Romans 10:17 tells us that our "faith comes bt hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." Supernaturally, faith is built in us as we hear, understand, trust and obey in God's Word.                                                                    
3) STEADFASTNESS/PATIENCE 

When trials are received with faith. It produces steadfastness/patience. On the contary if difficulties are received in unbelief and compliants, then trials can produce bitterness and discouragement. That is why James exhorted us to count it all joy. Counting it all joy is faith's response to a time of trial.                                                        .       
Now, we can rephrase what James is telling us, and ask how it is possible to live out these words. He is saying, “Seek to be joyful in Christ above anything else, and you will find that, even in trials, He will prove Himself and make His promises real to you again.”

Therefore, the idea that “joy is a choice” is possible when faith and steadfastness come in. If God does the miracle of changing our hearts, and if He gives us the gift of faith, we will have the eyes to see where all of our pain is going. To know that whatever suffering we endure really is working for our good (Romans 8:28). To see that Jesus shows Himself to us more profoundly in our trials, and that this changes everything. To place our confidence in Him; really believing it doesn’t matter even if everything is imperfect here, because this world is not our home. Our hope is not in the things of this world. James goes on to write that the one without faith will be “like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.” Only if our hearts remain steadfast will we be able to rest joyfully even when our world is caving in. Only in eyes of faith in our God Who is in control can we “choose joy” in our suffering and pain. 

PRAYER: Lord in "Your Light, we see light." (Psalm 36:9b). When Your Light comes, darkness leave. We may not understand the darkness of our trials and testing, but we know can stand on the solid ground of Your unfailing and eternal Word that You are God Almighty and You are in control. Therefore, with our faith anchoring upon Your Word we choose to count it all joy in our trials and out of this testing, it will produce steadfastness to knowing You deeper. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

Monday, March 30, 2020

COUNT IT ALL JOY



Question: "What does it mean to count it all joy (James 1:2)?"

Answer: 
In some English translations of the Bible, James 1:2 contains the clause count it all joy. It is the first command James gives in his epistle; to understand what he means by it, we must look at the full passage and surrounding verses: “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2–4, ESV).

The word count is a financial term, and it means “to evaluate.” When James says to “count it all joy,” he encourages his readers to evaluate the way they look at trials. He calls believers to develop a new and improved attitude that considers trials from God’s perspective. James wants believers to know to expect “trials of various kinds” (James 1:2) in the Christian life. We should be prepared and not caught off guard when a sudden trial comes upon us. Trials are part of the Christian experience. Jesus told His disciples, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33).


Typically, a trial is not an occasion for joy. James isn’t suggesting that we pursue trials or court hardship; neither are we to pretend that trials are enjoyable to endure. Trials are difficult and painful. But they exist for a purpose. Trials have the potential of producing something good in us, and, for this reason, they are an opportunity for expressing joy. Knowing there is a bigger picture, we can consider trials as things to rejoice in. Even though joy is contrary to our normal reaction, James urges us to work on changing our attitude toward troubles from dread to positive expectation, faith, trust, and even joy.

James does not merely say “count it joy,” but he says “count it all joy”; that is, we can consider trials and testings as pure, unalloyed, total joy. Too often, we see trials in a negative light, or we assume that joy cannot exist in hardship; worse, we consider the hard times as God’s curse upon us or His punishment for our sin, rather than what they really are—opportunities to joyfully mature into Christlikeness.





James 1:3 explains that God intends trials to test our faith and produce spiritual perseverance. Trials are like training challenges for an athlete. They build physical endurance and stamina. The athlete looks forward to physical and mental challenges because of the benefits that follow. If we were to walk through life on easy street and never face hardship, our Christian character would remain untested and underdeveloped. Trials develop our spiritual muscles, giving us the stamina and endurance to stay the course (Romans 5:2–5). We can count it all joy in trials because in them we learn to depend on God and trust Him. Faith that is tested becomes genuine faith, rugged faith, uncompromising faith: “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed” (1 Peter 1:6–7).

God also uses trials to discipline us: “God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness” (Hebrews 12:10). Trials help to purge our spiritual shortcomings and mature our faith. They promote joy because they produce holiness in the life of steadfast believers.

James encourages Christians to embrace trials not for what they presently are, but for the outcome God will accomplish through them. James 1:12 promises, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”



When Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers (Genesis 37:1–38), he could not see the beautiful, life-saving outcome that God would accomplish through his years of suffering and perseverance in Egypt. After his ordeal with Potiphar’s wife, Joseph spent long years forgotten in prison. Eventually, God’s plan came to fruition, and Joseph was raised up to the second most powerful position over Egypt. Through many trials and tests, Joseph learned to trust God. Not only did Joseph rescue his family and the nation of Israel from starvation, but he saved all of Egypt, too.

Joseph’s faith had been tested through trials, and perseverance finished its work. After coming through the trials victoriously, Joseph understood God’s good purpose in all he had endured. Joseph was able to see God’s sovereign hand in it all. Mature and complete, Joseph spoke these words of forgiveness to his brothers: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (Genesis 50:19–20).

James 1:4 says a believer who perseveres through trials is made “perfect.” This does not mean he or she becomes sinless or without moral failings. Perfect speaks of maturity or spiritual development. Christians who face trials with a joyful outlook—trusting God to accomplish His good purpose—will develop into full spiritual maturity. They will be equipped with everything they need to overcome every trial they encounter. That’s certainly a good reason to rejoice.

To count it all joy when we face trials, we must evaluate the difficulties in life with eyes of faith and see them in light of God’s good purpose. The translation of James 1:2–4 by J.B. Phillips aids our understanding: “When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends! Realise that they come to test your faith and to produce in you the quality of endurance. But let the process go on until that endurance is fully developed, and you will find you have become men of mature character with the right sort of independence.”


Source: https://www.gotquestions.org/count-it-all-joy.html

Thursday, February 27, 2020

GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD!



Psalm 136 Theme: The never-ending story of God's Love. God deserves all our praise because His endless love never fails.

Author: Unknown

We know not by whom this psalm was written, but we do know that it was sung in Solomon's temple (2 Chronicles 7:3,6), and by the armies of King Jehoshaphat when they sang themselves into victory in the wilderness of Tekoa (2 Chronilcles 20:21-22).

Repeated throughout this psalm is the phrase: His Love Endures Forever." This psalm may have been a responsive reading, with the congregation saying these words in unison after after each sentence. This repetition made this important lesson sink in. God's love include aspects of love, kindness, mercy and faithfulness. We never have to worry that God will run out of love because it flows from a well that will never run dry.

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Psalm 136 commences with a threefold praise to the Triune Lord (Psalm 136:1-3), then it gives us six notes of praise to the Creator (Psalm 136:4-9), six more upon deliverance from Egypt (Psalm 136:10-15), and seven upon the journey through the wilderness and the entrance into Canaan (Psalm 136:16-22). Then we have two happy verses of personal gratitude for present mercy (Psalm 136:23-24), one (Psalm 136:25) to tell of the Lord's universal providence, and a closing verse (Psalm 136:26) to excite to never ending praise.

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Source: Blue Letter Bible Text Commentaries by C.H. Spurgeon

Friday, January 31, 2020

THE SPIRIT OF THANKSGIVING QUOTABLE


THE SPIRIT OF THANKSGIVING


"In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thessalonians 5:18). 

“Gratitude changes who we are inside and enables the Lord to shine His love through us as we touch the lives of those around us.” 

Living a life of gratitude is a choice. Life doesn’t have to be perfect in order for us to give thanks—we can choose to be grateful, regardless of our circumstances.

As a family of Believers, the presence of Jesus in our hearts should cause us to interact with one another with peace and thankfulness:

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God (Colossians 3:15-16). 





Make A Choice To Give Thanks For LIFE!!!

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever" (1 Chronicles 16:34). The Scriptures tell us to "give thanks in all circumstances," but some days that's hard to do! But we know that the Spirit of Thanksgiving releases the power of God into our lives and circumstances because the "Joy of the Lord" (Nehemiah 8:10) is the inner strength to enable us to stay cool in His will as we trust His goodness and love to work all things out for His glory (Romans 8:28). Therefore, we can make a choice to give thanks always!





A Heart ❤️ of GRATITUDE Leaves No Room for COMPLAINING.

A thankful person is thankful under all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18). But a complaining soul complains even in The Promised Land (1 Corinthians 10:10-11) "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thessalonians 5:18). "And do not grumble, as some of them did--and were killed by the destroying angel. These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come" (1 Corinthians 10:10-11)




CONSIDER IT PURE JOY - The Divine Gift That Sings In Our Heart ❤️ Even When Things Go Wrong 

- R.T. Kendall -

PURE JOY is an inward thing! While a smile is a great witness, it frequently camouflages what is really going on inside. God cares, and He wants us to experience "The JOY of The Lord - Our Strength" especially in time of trials and tribulations. \0/\0/\0/ "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,fn whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything" (James 1:2-4).





If You Lack Joy, Your Christianity Must Be Leaking Somewhere
- Billy Sunday - 

"The joy of the Lord is my strength" (Nehemiah 8:10) "Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full" (John 16:24) - Jesus