2020-2-24

Psalm 65:1-13

Key Verse: (Psalm 65:5a) You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds…

God Answers

The poet shouted for joy and sing, Psalm 65 is another beautiful song of praises to our Lord and God. The poet sang praises because God answered him – though we were overwhelmed by sins, He forgave our transgressions and blessed us. In New Testament, the answer was clear and fulfilled – Jesus, the only begotten son of God, was sent to this world and paid the ransom to redeem us from our sin. And He will come again, when we will meet Him in the air, be with Him eternally.

1 Samuel 8:1-22

Key Verse: (1 Samuel 8:22a) The Lord answered, “Listen to them and give them a king. ”

God Answered

Samuel must be very displeased and confused when the Israelites asked for a king, ‘like all the other nations have’. Weren’t the Israelites the people of God, and God was their king? Wasn’t Israel called by God to be separated from all other nations, to be a holy one? God answered Samuel, that It’s not him, but their God that they rejected.

A king ‘like all the other nations have’ – to Israelites at first this appeared to be a military leader – going out before them and fighting for their battles. Well, from Exodus to Judges, God had been leading them and won the wars for them; God had done so much more than that and the Israelites had conveniently forgotten (and forsaken) what God had accomplished. As we drill down to the true intent, Israelites actually asked for making a king amongst themselves. They quickly gave up their faith to God and conceded to their own lust of control and power under the disguise of ‘the observed geopolitical circumstances’. God answered the Israelites that they would have a human king, but they would also have to pay for it, in each and every way they could think of.

God’s way is higher than men’s. The ultimate plan of salvation surprisingly and accurately proceeded to answer all the prophesies about Messiah – who fought for us and won over the dominion of death – our King of kings and Lord of lords.

Lord, forgive us for our little faith and the crave of rebellion against you. Be our Vision, our Wisdom, our Treasure, our King. Amen.

— Ivy Lin

 

BE THOU MY VISION (Hymn #331)

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart

Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art

High King of Heaven, my victory won
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heav’n’s Sun
Heart of my own heart, whate’er befall
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

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