Day: August 21, 2020

Psalms to the Psalmist

Psalms to the Psalmist

in Devotionals on August 21, 2020

Psalm is the collection of poem. Its purpose is to be sung to priase the lord.

Goliath

The Champion who appeared from Gath

Those who shared in fear did not come out

Was a towering force, no one dare step in his path

With a determination to aim a stone right on his mouth

Defier all of Israel, to him God’s armies were a laugh

Conqueror of lions, bears, a sure shot with no doubt

Worshiper of other gods, twigs called staffs

As he pulls back, aiming to quickly end the bout

The head of a Philistine,

that sweared the flesh of the Little shepherd boy,

Now in His hands, due to the Power of God.

What does it take to be with you?

Have a willing heart.

The Paw of the Lion, the paw of the bear.

Conqueror of the dog.

Even in youth, anyone can be a conqueror.

Anyone who is with God, is victorious,

the Goliath in your life is only a stumbling block

Trust in the Lord both now and forevermore.

Hatred

Due to your own thinking you could not please Lord,

So was a new way prepared instead,

Take no offense it is just the plan in course,

O’ King how you bring disgrace on his name

Could you have imagined the little boy, commanding armies?

Or how your own son favored him the most.

You placed snares in his way, but he overcame.

As you sent your henchmen you found only goat hair.

In En Gedi you thought came your time for revenge.

O’ King why this heart? The heart that was spared.

A Man of God, who spared your life.

Understanding true forgiveness, not once but even twice.

No need for hate O’ King, but need for Devotion.

No need for hate O’ King, but need for willing mind in motion.

When God is near the result is clear.

When God is far the result is fear.

Fruit

From your father came the fruit,

From the stump appeared reality, truth

As the generations changed, the heart never stopped

It was long time coming once the 6th hour dropped,

Who would have known, the little shepherd boy

The seed that was sown, the little shepherd boy

Who would have known, the city he wanted to build

In the heart of one man, God had fulfilled his will.

No sleep came to your eyes, no slumber until

From your time, little shepherd boy, something to Fulfill

Your heart wanted that temple constructed

The flames of desire in heart erupted

The chance could no longer be.

Yet the fruit you bore, wisdom his trustee

The temple constructed alas it has been

Just a shot in the dark, yet God’s heart you win

Although within a shadow one can only see the form

It is not till what He reveals, that the son can be born.

A City where all could worship, Where the Lord dwells

Was but a child, that turned into a well

A savior, that would come to your throne,

Not the one with wisdom but the one with perfection made known

Who would have known, the little shepherd boy

The seed that was sown, the little shepherd boy

Story of Rahab: Lessons Learned

Story of Rahab: Lessons Learned

in Bible Study on August 21, 2020

Who is Rahab in the Bible?

Though the story of Rahab and the two spies may not be as well-known as the other stories about the Israelites’ journey to Canaan, it still plays a significant role in determining the victory of the chosen people in conquering the promised land. Moreover, through this story, we’re also able to take away many great lessons about faith that are applicable to our lives today.

The story of Rahab (Jos 2) takes place during the time when Joshua was the leader of the Israelites. During this time, Joshua sent out two spies to explore the city of Jericho, the first city in Canaan that the Israelites planned to conquer. So the two spies went out and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab.

Knowing that the Israelites were spying out his land, the king of Jericho requested Rahab to turn in the men. However, instead of obeying the king, Rahab hid the two spies under the flax on her roof, and lied that these men already left and she had no idea where they went.

Risking her life

Story of Rahab teaches lot of important lessons that enhances our learning through the historic time.

As for the reason why she was willing to risk her life to do such a thing, Rahab explained in her conversation with the two spies:

“We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. When we heard of it, our hearts melted and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.

Now then, please swear to me by the Lord that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and that you will save us from death.”

Just as she wished, the men agreed to repay her kindness by sparing her family’s life when the Israelites took over Jericho. As a sign of their promise, they gave her a red cord, instructed her to tie it to her window, so that the Israelite soldiers would be able to see it and not harm the people inside the house.

It turns out that the Israelites were able to take over the city of Jericho later on, and all of the people inside the city were killed. However, because in the story of Rahab, he had previously helped the two spies, her whole family was saved and included among the Israelite community at that time.

God Always Fulfills His Promises

Conquering and fighting over the land is not a common event, but god's own play.

The Israelites conquering the promised land is not a random event that just so happened to take place, but it was all part of God’s covenant with His people since the time of Abraham.

In Gn 22:17, God promised Abraham that his descendants will be “as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. [They] will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through [them] all nations on earth will be blessed.” God granted these blessings to Abraham and his descendants because Abraham had obeyed His commands and kept His laws faithfully (Gn 22:18, Gn 26:5.)

The cascade of events that follows serves to make this promise a reality. Though it took over 400 years between the time of Abraham to the time of Moses and Joshua when the Israelites finally stepped foot on the promised land, God never forgot a single word he spoke to Abraham.

Just as He had promised, God guided the Israelites and helped them gain victory in all the battles they took part in. If it wasn’t because of God’s guidance, such a small and weak group of people would never have been able to defeat such powerful nations.