Message of the Day: Be still, and know that I am God…!

No matter what troubles we meet, whether from earthquakes, floods or wars, the person who trusts in God is not overcome by them. He has an inner calmness, likened to a cool refreshing stream that flows gently from God. The Almighty is still in full control, and he gives strength to his people. God’s power can smash all opposition. Therefore, opponents should stop fighting against him and realize that he is the supreme God, the supreme ruler of the world (Psalm 46: 1-11).

To those who are brought down and destroyed, let us deeply reflect on the severity and goodness of our God. Let us remember that He is the Fountain of power, wisdom, justice, goodness, and truth. He shall be known among the nations as the God of goodness and salvation!

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

The NKJV Bible

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: The Eternity and Immutability of God and the Brevity of Human Life

Before the mountains were brought forth,
Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God
.”

For a thousand years in Your sight
Are like yesterday when it is past,
And like a watch in the night
.” (Psalm 90:2, 4, NKJV)

God alone is permanent and enduring, and therefore the only true security is found in him. Human life, by contrast, is short and uncertain, and is brought to an end as God decides and when he chooses. No matter how long a person lives, even a thousand years, the number of years is insignificant compared with the timelessness (Psalm 90:1-6)

Psalm 90:2 and remind us that first, there is one eternal and unchanging God; second, the brevity of human life.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

The NKJV Bible

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day : God’s Sovereign Creative Power and Will

And God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind; and God saw that it was good.” (Gen. 1:21, NASB)

Countless years ago, God, by his sovereign power and will, created the universe. At first the earth was featureless and in darkness because of the mass of surrounding water, but as the thick clouds of water vapor began to lose their density, a hazy light came by day from invisible sun. As they lost further density, the surrounding clouds of vapor gradually rose from the earth, producing a clear distinction between the ocean’s surface below and the ceiling of heavy cloud overhead. Meanwhile the earth was drying and land became visible. Simpler forms of life began to appear. Various kinds of soil and climatic conditions produced various kinds of plants, which were so created as to continue producing further plants of their own kind (1:1-13).

The heavy cloud overhead, which had been becoming thinner and thinner, finally broke. The sun, moon, stars, previously hidden, now became clearly visible. Their effect upon the earth helped to produce a variety of weather and a pattern of annual seasons (1:14-19).

As God’s creative activity moved on, animal life began to appear, with creatures in the sea and creatures in the air, all of them suited to their environment (1:20-23). The Hebrew word underlying this phrase was used in Canaanite mythology to name a dreaded sea monster. He is often referred to figuratively in Old Testament poetry as one of God’s most powerful opponents. He is pictured as national (Babylon), or cosmic, and some take it as a reference to Egypt. Generally, it is understood as signifying whales, yet the original must be understood rather as a general than a particular term, comprising all the great aquatic animals, such as the various species of wales, the porpoise, the dolphin, the monoceros or norwal, and the shark.

In Genesis, however, the creatures of the sea are portrayed not as enemies to be feared but as part of God’s good creation to be appreciated. The “winged bird” refer to anything that flies, including insects.

God delights to show himself in little as well as in great things: hence he forms animals so minute that 30,000 can be contained in one drop of water; and others so great that they seem to require almost a whole sea to float in.

Sources:

Bible Gateway

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: An Increased Dependence on God

In God (I will praise His word),
In God I have put my trust;
I will not fear.
What can flesh do to me
?” (Psalm 56:4, NKJV)

Psalm 56:1-57:11 belong to the time when David fled to from Saul, first to the city of Gath, then to the cave of Adullam. David is in great distress in Gath, as he learns that certain people in the city are planning to kill him. The increased danger he faces drives him to an increased dependence on God.

We would always find in God that which was ground or basis for praise and dependence on him; and that which called for special praise in meditating on the divine character – He is an infinite Spirit, almighty and eternal.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

The NKJV Bible

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: An Attitude of Humble Repentance

For I will bring them from the north
and from the distant corners of the earth.
I will not forget the blind and lame,
the expectant mothers and women in labor.
A great company will return
!” (Jeremiah 31:18, NLT)

God has not forgotten any of his people who have been driven into a harsh existence in distant countries. Those of both the northern kingdom Israel and the southern kingdom Judah will share in the restoration to the land of their ancestors. They will be reunited in a lad of renewed contentment and prosperity. They will join again in the national religious festivals at Jerusalem. (31:1-6)

The prophet pictures the joyous journey back to Palestine. Even the blind and the lame join in the long trek back, because God strengthens them and supplies their needs along the way. He cares for them as a father cares for his firstborn son. The God who scattered his people in many lands now gathers them. He releases them from the power of those who have held them captive. God will protect and care for his people, giving them agricultural prosperity, social contentment and religious satisfaction. (31:12-14)

When the people go into captivity there is weeping and mourning but God wants this to be replaced with rejoicing and hope. First, however, the people must acknowledge that they have sinned and that God has acted justly in punishing them. They pray to God in an attitude of humble repentance. They are now willing to take His yoke upon them but they have no power. They can only will and pray; and God, as their loving and merciful Father, forgives them. ( 31:15-20)

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

OMF Literature Inc.

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: God’s Unfailing Love and Faithfulness in His Covenant with Israel

I will tell of the Lord’s unfailing love.
I will praise the Lord for all he has done.
I will rejoice in his great goodness to Israel,
which he has granted according to his mercy and love
.” (Isaiah 63:7, NLT)

When Babylon made its last attack on Jerusalem (587 BCE), Edom joined in, taking wicked delight in helping to destroy the Israelite nation. Edom may be a symbol for all God’s enemies.

On seeing a person clothed in red approaching him from Edom, the prophet asks who it is. The person replies that he is the Lord, who punishes his enemies but saves his people. The prophet asks why his clothes are red, and receives the reply that they are red with the blood of slaughtered enemies. When God acts in his righteous anger, the blood of sinners runs freely over the earth, in much the same way as juice runs out of grapes when workers tread them in winepress. Since God alone is all-holy and all-powerful, he alone can carry out this judgment. The prophet’s prayer for God’s suffering people begins by recalling God’s great acts of love in the past. (Isaiah 63:1-7)

Yahweh had given them abundant cause of praise, notwithstanding the evils which they endured. This passage is a testament to God’s unfailing love and as he stood true to his covenant with Israel.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

OMF Literature Inc.

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zodnervan, 1999.

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: “Then I will rejoice in the Lord. I will be glad because he rescues me.” (Psalm 35:9, NLT)

Psalm 35 was written probably during the time of David’s flight from Saul. Much of his suffering during that time was because of the false accusations made against him by influential people in Saul’s court. Since David’s enemies have the ferocity of men in battle, David asks God to deal with them accordingly and fight against them as a warrior. He prays that they might be turned back, scattered and brought to ruin, for they have persecuted him without cause. God alone can defend him against his attackers. (Psalm 35:1-10)

There are times that we are confronted with an utmost danger of being destroyed by our enemies, then if we escape, it must be by the strong arm of the Lord; and to him shall the praise and glory. Our deliverance from the hand of our enemies may involve the necessity of their being cut off. What we rejoice in such a case, is not the destruction of others, but our own deliverance; and for this it can never be improper to give thanks.

Sources:

Bible Gateway

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: God’s Supreme Right and Power To Judge and Execute His Will

The Mighty One, God the Lord,
Has spoken and called the earth
From the rising of the sun to its going down
.” (Psalm 50:1, NKJV)

Psalm 50 is included in the group of Psalms (Psalms 49-53) that contrast proper and improper approaches to God – not to trust in wealth (49), but to bring sacrifices based on covenant loyalty (50), especially a penitent spirit (51), because God rejects the wicked (52) and exposes their folly (53).

In a scene that displays his awesome majesty, God commands the whole world to stand before his judgment throne. He is the righteous judge of all the peoples of the world, and his first call to judgment concerns his own people, Israel. (50:1-6) He is the true God, the Supreme Ruler of the universe. As such, he has the right and power to call the world to judgment and to execute his will.

Sources:

Bible Gateway

Fee, Gordon D. and Stuart, Douglas. How to Read the Bible Book by Book. A Guided Tour. Metro Manila, Philippines: OMF Literature, Inc., 2004

MySword forAndroid. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

http://www.bbilegateway.com

Message of the Day: God’s Great Mercy

For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us
.” (Psalm 103:11-12, NKJV)

Realizing how easily people forget God, David reminds himself of the many blessings, physical and spiritual, that God has given him. Gratefully, he praises God for them all. Sin, sickness and the prospect of a hopeless death have been replaced by forgiveness, good health and a renewed enjoyment of life. The constant love of God for his people is seen in the history of Israel. He cares for the oppressed and shows mercy on sinners. (1-8)

If God acted only according to his justice, all sinners would perish. But to his justice he adds his mercy, by which sinners may be forgiven. (9-12) God’s mercy is great in forgiving our sins, in imparting grace, and in giving us support and consolation. He has put our sins entirely away, they are so removed that they cannot affect us anymore. We are safe from all condemnation for our sins, as if they had not been committed at all.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Bible Gateway

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: God Will Preserve Us

For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own.” (1 Samuel 12:22, NIV)

The people of Israel demanded for a king (1 Sam. 8). This was an insult to Samuel as well as to God. Samuel therefore called upon them to declare before God and before the king that he had been blameless in all his behavior. He had given them no cause to be dissatisfied with his leadership.

In the lengthy address that followed, Samuel reminded his hearers of all that God had done in giving Israel the land of Canaan for a homeland. He reminded them also that Israel’s troubles in Canaan had come from the sins of the people, not from the type of leadership. They now had the leadership they wanted, a king, but even he would not be able to save them from judgment if they sinned against God. As under the rule of the judges, so under the rule of a king, God would give his people into the hand of their enemies when they rebelled against him, and save them from their enemies when they obeyed him.

Samuel gave the people clear proof that he spoke for God in condemning them for asking for a king. In response to his word, God sent a sudden storm, even though rain did not normally fall at that time of the year. The people were terrified and realized their sin in asking for a king. But now that they had their king, there could be no turning back. Samuel could not change matters, but he promised to keep praying for them and to keep teaching them God’s way. Though no longer their political leader, he was still their priest and prophet. (1 Samuel 12:1-25)

The Lord will not reject his people…” God will not reject us though we deserve it. We are his own, and in preserving us, it will bring greater honor to his name.