If you’ve ever wondered why life is so hard..English and Korean

#Story #TheGospel #Jesus #Protector #Deliverer #Savior #YeshuaMeshua If you’ve ever wondered why life is so hard, watch this incredible short film. Click here for the English Version

삶이 왜 이리 힘든지 의문을 가져 보셨다면, 이 놀라운 단편 영화를 보십시오.

한국어 버전은 여기 hangug-eo beojeon-eun yeogi

Watch the story to the very end there is a special invitation waiting for you there.

끝까지 이야기를 듣고 특별한 초대장이 기다리고 있습니다.
kkeutkkaji iyagileul deudgo teugbyeolhan chodaejang-i gidaligo issseubnida.

 

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Psalms Chapter 12

Psalms Chapter 12 #TheTongue #Lies #Deceit #Deception #Death

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Unless otherwise stated all scriptures in this devotional are from the King James Version of the Bible-which is public domain!

Yahweh is the protector of the needy!

Context

The author of this psalm is David. The prayer of Psalm 12 is both a lament as well as a prayer of confidence. The pattern of a lament psalm begins with the sorrowful, woeful plea of the psalter but always ends with statements that implicate trust and confidence in God. This lament could be divided into two phases/stanzas. 1. Verses 1-4 demonstrates a loss of faith as well as the loss of virtue in humanity in general. The psalter continues by specifying the sin of speech. The sin of speech presents a picture of the “disintegration of society” (Longman 2014, 93). This sin is so grievous to the psalter that he calls on God to end all evil speech that oppresses others.  Are we aware of any such instance that is currently happening anywhere in the world? The psalter identifies the source of truth and helps as God. It does not matter to him that the evil speech is boastful or braggadocio. It is essential for the children of God to remember that they will experience this same scenario as they walk on this ball of clay. Responding in kind is not an appropriate response.

(To the chief Musician upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David.) Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

Definition of Sheminith eight; octave, a musical term, supposed to denote the lowest note sung by men’s voices. David cries out for help because he perceives that the “godly man” no longer exists.  Does this not sounds like what is happening today? Remember what Timothy stated? 2 Timothy 3:1-5 ” This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” When the preponderance of evidence in society shows that evil reigns, and reigns supreme, we may think that God has forgotten his people or that they are few and far between. But he always has a remnant in every area so that His people can be encouraged.

They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

Within the last three or four years, there hasn’t been a single day when deceptive speech has not permeated the news and or social media. Scripture tells us not to lie against our neighbor.  We are also reminded that our neighbor is EVERYONE on this planet. Deuteronomy 5:20 states “Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour.”  When one speaks with “flattering lips and double heart” they are  basically speaking lies. Telling people what we think they want to hear to gain popularity is the biggest “con-game” ever. Be truthful with a person. Don’t flatter them! If they are committing a sin, approach the subject and let them know.  Don’t sugar coat the sin in order to keep them on your “right side” so to speak.

The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:

Scripture talks to us about the dangers of the tongue. James 1:26 “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion [is] vain.” The first sign of a mature Christian is how they use their tongue! What happens when they are angry? Do they spew out words of hatred towards others? Now that we have social media it is tough for an individual to hide who they are at the core of their being. When one posts a dissertation about how they feel about their family members, their church, people who have hurt them etc., even if the post is deleted the contents are now imprinted on the minds of the reader or the hearer. A tongue that wags uncontrollably is a dangerous thing. It is not under the control of the Holy Spirit. James 3:5  explains “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!” What our mouth speaks and whose we say we are must match up. When they don’t then we are being hypocritical! We cannot preach about love and then want to be ugly to people who are different. Children who are different experience this every day in many countries. Dictators make them their prey. People who act or look different are emotionally attacked by psychological predators. We are our brothers’ keeper! We are to demonstrate who God is by loving others even when they don’t love us.

Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?

When I read this verse, I smiled. I actually heard someone voice these exact words six years ago.  Actually, they stated, “I am the XXXX I can say and do what I want to and no one can do anything about it!” The person has not changed. Their mouth, or fingers, are theirs to say and type whatever they want to into social media. “I will not be gagged!”  Seriously? If my words continually hurt others then I am not being Jesus to others. On the other hand, people who use their tongues to slander other people set them up to fail.  When we have the attitude that our words can be used to damage a person’s name, character, their profession of faith, integrity then we have fallen prey to exactly what the psalter is saying in this verse.

Our lips are not our own. Our minds and mouths are NOT allowed to “lord” it over the lives of others.  I have seen people’s reputations destroyed because of gossip. Let’s look at what Isaiah says about lips. Isaiah 6:5-7 “Then said I, Woe [is] me! for I am undone; because I [am] a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.” “Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, [which] he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:” “And he laid [it] upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.”

When we slander a person’s name, our lips are unclean. We need the purifying power of the Holy Spirit to purge our thoughts hearts, and minds so our tongue can speak the truth. Our ears will listen to nothing but the truth, and our hearts will not participate in anything that is not from the truth. We must remember that..

For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.

Now the Lord acts on behalf of the poor and the needy. Just look at the statement. “I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.” Words were being said, and actions were being taken against the poor and needy. Now God has determined that He is going to act! Have you ever watched the Hulk? Well, that is what is about to happen to these people. Psalms 3:7; 7:6; 9:19; 10:12 these psalms indicate that when God arises to vindicate His people, he does so as the “Warrior King!”

The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever.

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Titus 1:2 “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”  Whereas words are hurtful and will cause emotional damage, they cannot cause eternal damage. So, although the vehement accusations may be false-they cannot take away eternal life from the child of God. Although the low expectations of others may permeate society-they cannot strip you of the title “Child of God!” Although the worse may be expected of you because of the gossip that has run rampant throughout your community or the community of believers, you are still precious in His sight. Eternally precious in His sight. We can always find the toothpick that is in our brother’s eye but we cannot remove it because of the two by four that is blocking our own sight. Just remember that “. . he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth” (2 Corinthians 10:17-18). Your hope is in the Lord your God! Not in man!

The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

I had to remind myself of this the other day as tears fell down my face. We live in a fallen world among fallen men. It is always the “vilest men” who are “exalted.”  They know exactly what to say and what to do to engender the praise and accolades of others. It is the person who is distant and unassuming who falls prey to these persons. BUT GOD. He sees and knows all. Remember friends that this lament details the oppression of men against each other. But it also exalts the power, might, majesty and hope that comes from knowing the Lord.

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Psalms Chapter 11

Psalms Chapter 11 #TrustinTheLord #Confidence #Deliverance #Wickedness #TheThroneOfGod #Holiness

(Unless otherwise specified all Scriptures in this devotional are from the King James Version of the Bible.)

Context

Psalms 11 is a psalm of confidence in the delivering power of God. The psalter is facing what appears to be an insurmountable amount of trouble from his enemies who have nothing but “violence” planned for him. On the one hand, he has trusted counselors/advisors who are advising him to flee from his enemies, but he knows that he serves a God who is his protector. Longman declares that the psalm “utilizes the language and concepts of wisdom.”  The wisdom indicated by the psalmist is distinguished by the verbiage used to identify the contrast “between the way of the upright ( yāšār ) and the righteous ( ṣaddîq ) ‘and the way of the wicked (Longman 2014, 90). The upright will be blessed with God’s presence, while the wicked will receive his punishment. The psalm can be considered as a model prayer for anyone who finds themselves tempted to flee from danger and or a threat.

(To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?

David’s counselors are advising him to “flee.” His response to them is that he will trust in the Lord. 1 Peter 5:7 tells believers that they should “Cast all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

 

For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.

The wicked are preparing to do battle. Their weapons of warfare are their bows. They are aimed at the heart of the righteous. The term ( yāšār ) means to be is to be legally and ethically right. Once again we are reminded of Job. What did God say about him?  Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.” The Book of Proverbs is permeated with the same thought. (See Prov. 1:3; 2:7, 21; 8:6, 9; 11:3, 6; 12:6; 14:11; 15:8; 16:13; 20:11; 21:2, 8; 23:16; 29:10.) God calls His children righteous. He also knows that they are faced with all sorts of dangers every day. Our choice is 1. panic 2. runaway 3. stand still and see the Salvation of the Lord. Exodus 14:13-14 “ And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” Remember that the next time that you are faced with what appears to be insurmountable odds that are against you!

If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

Apparently, David’s advisors were positive that the “foundations” of society as they knew it was about to crumble. But more importantly they did not see any recourse for the righteous.  In addition, Cayce indicates that “Foundations” is a metaphor for the order of society, the established institutions which are the social and civil order of the community (82:5)” (2014, Psalm 11). The advisors needed to believe that…

Are there days when you feel as if society is heading down the black abyss and you can do nothing about it? When that happens just breathe in deeply and “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)). These things will happen. We live in a fallen world governed by fallen leaders. Be still and just breathe. God is still on His throne.

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4The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.

Don’t you just love David’s response to what his advisors were saying? I wonder if God gave him a vision of what the throne in heaven looked like? Remember Stephen and what he said when he was about to die? (See Acts 7:54-8:2). He was being stoned to death for teaching the Gospel. We have not yet suffered in this manner. The Book of Revelation gives us a glimpse of the temple and what Jesus looks like. Revelation 1:14 “His head and [his] hairs [were] white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes [were] as a flame of fire;” See Revelation 4  (NCV) The One who sat on the throne looked like precious stones, like jasper and carnelian. All around the throne was a rainbow the color of an emerald. Around the throne there were twenty-four other thrones with twenty-four elders sitting on them. They were dressed in white and had golden crowns on their heads. Lightning flashes and noises and thunder came from the throne. Before the throne seven lamps were burning, which are the seven spirits of God. Also before the throne there was something that looked like a sea of glass, clear like crystal.” Nope, we don’t have a clue what is going on in heaven. But we do know for sure that He is on His throne and like MC Hammer said: “Can’t touch this!” The devil has no control over our lives!

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The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.

God despises evil actions. He abhors sins. He purifies His children. We are not righteous because of anything that we do daily. We are righteous because we took on the righteousness of the Jesus Christ our Lord-when He took our sins on His body on the cross.

Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

The wicked will receive the just reward for the wicked acts that they have committed. Genesis 19:24 Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven;” There is no excuse for wickedness. Throughout the ages the wicked have heard, but have chosen, to ignore God’s warnings about what the end result of their actions will be. Job 20:23When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.” Psalm 23:5 proposes what happens to the righteous. “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” On the other hand the wicked will receive their reward from?the hand of the Lord [in it] there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them” (Psalm 75:8). Yes, weeping may last for the entire night, but joy comes in the morning. We are not to glory in the sufferings of the wicked. But we are not to allow them to cause us emotional and spiritual turmoil either. When you are accused wrongly – Christ tells us to take it in stride. Why? He was persecuted too.

For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.

God loves His children. Not because they are holy, but because He is and they are purchased by the blood of his precious Son. (See Psalms 17:15; 27:4; 63:2).1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

Finally, this prayer speaks to the confidence that the child of God has in their King of Kings. First and foremost above all else TRUST HIM! See also Psalms 46 and 48.

 

 

References

Cayce, Ken. Discover Books of the Bible. http://www.bible-studys.org/index.html

Longman, Tremper, III. 2014. Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. Accessed August 16, 2018. ProQuest Ebook Central.

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