The Song of Creation

I just read this verse last Saturday in my daily Bible reading and I remembered this neat devotional from ICR based on the same verse in the book of Job. I thought it would be good to share it today.

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“Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding . . . When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38:4-7)

It is significant that there was singing at the very time of creation. The “morning stars” of this verse are, by Hebrew poetic parallelism, the same as the “sons of God” who were present when God “laid the foundations of the earth.” Similarly, “sang together” is parallel with “shouted for joy.” These should surely be the three major themes of Christian music, for these are… (Click here to continue).

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Excellent Majesty

In my daily Bible reading, my habit is to read one chapter from the Old and one from the New Testament. Right now I’m currently in Job and I just finished 2 Peter. I was struck to come across very similar themes and words in reference to God in the two chapters I read. One was from the Old Testament in Job, and the other from the New Testament in 2 Peter. Those verses were both specifically referring to God’s “excellent glory and majesty”.

The word combinations used in the verses are so powerful and descriptive:

Awesome Majesty

Excellent in power

Excellent glory

Read and see how similar the wording is in both places:

(Job 37:22-24)
…With God is awesome majesty.
As for the Almighty, we cannot find Him;
He is excellent in power,
In judgment and abundant justice;
He does not oppress.
Therefore men fear Him;
He shows no partiality to any who are wise of heart.”

(2 Peter 1:17)
For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

It nearly gives me goosebumps to think of how majestic, awesome, powerful, and excellent is Christ our Savior!

How has God’s Word blessed you recently?

 

Come before the King

 

But when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letter that the wicked plot which Haman had devised against the Jews should return on his own heard, and that he and his sons should be hanged in the gallows.” (Esther 9:25)

The most quoted phrase/verse in the book of Esther is “…for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). It speaks of a central issue in the story of Esther when the people of Israel were delivered from wicked Haman. Yet I think many times we tend to get stuck on that verse and just gloss over everything else in the story of Esther.

In my daily reading from the Bible, the Lord brought to my attention another important verse near the end of the book. It ties in to the beginning of the story to demonstrate how the verse “for such a time as this” was applied, or put into action in a practical sense.

What could they do?

The story of Esther is a perfect example of how God is involved in all the details of life. He worked behind the scenes to bring about His will. It may have seemed like the wicked Haman and the powerful king of Persia had control of the political decisions and the course of history. It may have seemed like the people of Israel could do nothing against the royal decree of death to the Jews. They were so small against such a mighty empire. Esther was only one young lady, though a queen. Mordecai was only one man. What could they do against the officials and king of Persia? How could they stop a genocide? How could they overturn a law and make it be in their favor?

Blessings for a Purpose

Indeed, in his foreknowledge, God arranged everything in place to fulfill His will before Haman devised his evil scheme. Focusing on Esther, we see how God prepared her to be chosen as the new queen for King Ahasuerus. We can only imagine that it was a time of blessing in her life. She had a new royal status, and experienced many new privileges. But it was all for a purpose. God had given her all that so she could use it on behalf of her people. She was sent there on a mission.

Similarly in our own lives, when we have seasons of blessings, remember it is for a reason. God gives us a blessing because later down the road He may want us to do something important with it.  And we have a choice. We can take the blessing and use it for our own fulfillment and ignore God’s call to action, or we can utilize the blessing and take a stand like Esther. The Word of God says:

“For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.” (Luke 12:48)

Even Mordecai reminded Esther that God expected her to take a stand, but it had its risks. Yet she was willing to risk it all and do the right thing rather than sit in complacency thinking that all would go well with her while her own countrymen suffered.

Coming before the King

The situation for the Jews under King Ahasuerus was grim. They were destined to die because of evil Haman. There was nothing they could do unless God intervened. It seemed like a hopeless case, and humanly speaking Esther and Mordecai could not do much either.

Today, we can look at the course of history, at all the political events, all the leaders, and different troubling things that take place, and have the impression that there is not much we can do. But just like God used Esther to influence the course of history, He can use you for mighty things too. In the end, Esther had more power (because God used her), than even the king himself! She was able to turn the tables in her favor.  But all of that was accomplished by one simple action: “…when Esther came before the king…

This verse reminded me that we, as children of God, have access to the King of Kings. His scepter is evermore extended to us. We can always come before Him with our requests. Can you imagine the magnitude of this fact? Can you imagine that you can be an Esther in your own time, and come before your Heavenly Father with any request?

Prayer is such a powerful asset! Through prayer, God can use you to influence the outcome of history, just like Esther. Remember:

“The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” (James 5:16)

All you have to do is pray! Come before the King.

Psalm 9- A Psalm of God’s vengeance on the wicked

There is much turmoil in the world today, especially if you’ve been following the news for the past month and seen all that has happened to Israel and the trouble they have. In light of all this, I came across this psalm and saw that it was a perfect reminder of God’s justice against His enemies.

Read it slowly and carefully. I bolded the verses which can be specifically applied to what we see in the news.

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Psalm 9

I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.

When my enemies turn back,
They shall fall and perish at Your presence.
For You have maintained my right and my cause;
You sat on the throne judging in righteousness.
You have rebuked the nations,
You have destroyed the wicked;
You have blotted out their name forever and ever.

O enemy, destructions are finished forever!
And you have destroyed cities;
Even their memory has perished.
But the Lord shall endure forever;
He has prepared His throne for judgment.
He shall judge the world in righteousness,
And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness.

The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed,
A refuge in times of trouble.
And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;
For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.

Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion!
Declare His deeds among the people.
When He avenges blood, He remembers them;
He does not forget the cry of the humble.

Have mercy on me, O Lord!
Consider my trouble from those who hate me,
You who lift me up from the gates of death,
That I may tell of all Your praise
In the gates of the daughter of Zion.
I will rejoice in Your salvation.

The nations have sunk down in the pit which they made;
In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught.
The Lord is known by the judgment He executes;
The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.

Selah

The wicked shall be turned into hell,
And all the nations that forget God.
For the needy shall not always be forgotten;
The expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.

Arise, O Lord,
Do not let man prevail;
Let the nations be judged in Your sight.
Put them in fear, O Lord,
That the nations may know themselves to be but men.

Selah