No Good Thing Is Withheld

As I continue to meditate on the goodness of our Lord for this week (blog posts theme for the week is the word Good), I wanted to share my reflections on Psalms 84.

Last Friday, my flight to Manila was cancelled due to a runway excursion. I am on leave from Friday until today. I told God that I am not ready to do nothing for five days. I was mentally prepared to be tired, as I was supposed to embark on three flights last weekend in less than 24 hours. But due to an accident in Manila Airport, all my flights for Friday and Saturday was cancelled.

I was telling God, I am not mentally prepared to do nothing. When I am not doing anything, I am always in solitude and likes to reflect on things. But yesterday, I felt that there are certain circumstances that the devil was using in order for me to doubt that God’s answer to my prayers. One part of my brain is telling me that God is an all-powerful God and He is good all the time; then one part of my brain is trying to tell go and check your phone for updates. One moment, I am telling my brain, God’s timing is perfect; He is neither early nor too late. I was anxious yesterday, that I feel lonely and needed to talk to someone.

Similarly, the author of Psalms 84 wanted to escape the anxious and bustling city and meet God in His holy temple; I am anxious to escape my complicated-wired brain and be at ease with the presence of my God. I have been repeating the verse from Psalms 73:25 – “Whom I have in heaven but You?”. I wanted to run so badly to God because half of my brain wanted an assurance, and half of my brain keeps reminding me He is God; He knows what He is doing.

While pondering, the Lord has brought peace to my fidgety heart and distressed mind. I may not be in a physical temple yesterday, but I rejoiced that our body became the temple of the Living God. I can have my encounters with Him at times when my thoughts are dampening my faith and spirit. I can be assured that being with God, I will feel better. If my flesh and my heart will fail, God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever (Psalm 73:26).

Suddenly, God reminded me of His goodness on that specific prayer item. He reminded me that He didn’t withhold any good things from me. Yes, my faith at times falter, but the Holy Spirit, my counsellor, keep reminding me that He always works on our behalf. We are His delight, therefore, all good and perfect gifts are from Him. He didn’t say that we will not experience waiting, but we will go from strength to strength during the season of anticipation.

This I say to the Lord, He is my sun and my shield. As surely as the sun rises from the east and sets from the western horizon, I can be assured that there are no good things that will be withheld as long as we obey and desire to always walk with Him. Thank You Lord, for indeed You are good.

Weekend Worship: God, You’re So Good (Passion)

Yesterday, I posted a blog about my meditation on the word “Good”. Last week, during our service, one of the worship leaders said that if you never experienced goodness, then you don’t know God.

God is so good and He keeps inviting us to come and taste His goodness. Truth be told, I also have my own prayers that I have been lifting up to God; some as old as last year, two years, three years and some as new as yesterday. I am not a Super Christian, I feel anxious too about when God will answer my prayers. I am just like anyone else who is always on the wait.  But in my waiting time, God always reminds me that He is faithful and that He is good. God is good and this is one of the attributes that we can’t take away from Him.  His goodness extends even to the death of His only begotten Son on the cross. Therefore, I can fix my eyes to Jesus as God’s reflection of His great love for us and the assurance that His goodness will always be there for me and in His perfect time, the Lord will answer all my prayers.

As you play and meditate on this song, I pray that you encounter God’s goodness and amazing love in the waiting season of your life.

Word Study: Good

During my personal bible studies, I like to focus on one word and meditate on it. This week, I am meditating the word “Good”. The word “Good” is very common that at most times when someone asked how life is treating us, one would respond, “good” – even if they don’t feel good at all.

In Psalm:8, David is inviting us to come and see that the Lord is good; not the “good” definition of the world. He is inviting us to experience and encounter God’s divine goodness. The adjective good in the dictionary has several meanings and God’s goodness is never short of manifestation in a believer’s life; the goodness that surpasses our own understanding;  for His goodness and mercies are new every morning.

God is good all the time, we cannot take this away from His attributes. We may find ourselves in difficult situations, but God does not change. What we may view as something bad, may be viewed by God as something good for us, to mould us and transformed us to become more and more like Christ. God’s ways are higher than our ways, His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. But this one thing we can be sure of, despite the difficult times, we can take refuge to God, for He is good, all the time.

You Can’t Hurry Love

I first heard that song when I was in university – my friends and I had a long break so we decided to watch the movie Runaway Bride. You probably have seen the movie and it’s a bit funny and there is a hint of truth that, when we view love from the worldly perspective, truly we can’t hurry love.

But what if I tell you today that someone is in a hurry, to love you? You must probably say, “Nah, that is too good to be true!”.

We know how to love because He first loved us. Do you ever wonder when did God first loved us?

Even before the foundation of this world, God has loved you and me already. He has chosen us, to be His sons and daughters even at the beginning of the age. It was because of His great love, He has ordained us, so that we may be holy in His eyes (Eph 1:4). Even before we are formed in our mother’s womb, He has loved us. What an assurance we have in God’s love.

That brings me to the story where the Author of Love didn’t shy away rushing towards us. Perhaps, you know the story of the Prodigal Son – we are all too familiar with the story that we forgot that the core of that story is that, when we truly acknowledge and humble ourselves before the Lord, He will stop whatever He is doing and He will run towards us and shower us the affection that is overflowing in Him. Can you imagine the God of heavens, the King of Kings, running towards us? Sometimes, most of the men will have difficulty understanding such display of overflowing emotion – men felt that only women are emotional. God’s immense love for you and me are not defined by our hormonal structures, nor by our biological X and Y chromosomes.

And you say, you can’t hurry love? No, God is in a hurry to love you because God is chasing after you – wanting to love you despite the ifs and buts we have in our lives. As I end this post, I am sharing to you one of my favorite song growing up – I pray that this song will touch the core of your heart and realize just how much He loves you and me.

Photo and video credits from Youversion and Youtube respectively.

Weekend Worship: These Walls – Jason David

I heard this song last week during the Hope Filipino Fullness 21st Anniversary.  When the worship leader was singing this song, I told my Lifegroup leader that the lyrics of the song were very powerful.

The song brought me to the time of Joshua. I imagined Joshua just after crossing the Jordan River and experiencing God’s power and when he reached Jericho, he was faced probably the biggest wall in his life has ever seen.

Then God said to Joshua:

“You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days. Seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. And when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people shall go up, everyone straight before him.” So Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord.”” – ‭‭Joshua ‭6:3-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Joshua didn’t question God – he didn’t even doubt God’s assurance of delivering Jericho in his hands. Joshua’s obedience to God is His worship and surely, on the seventh day, he saw the mighty walls of Jericho crumbling down.

Here’s the link of Jason David’s testimony and story behind the song These Walls.

 

As you listen to the song, just like the writer of this song who chose to fix his eyes on Jesus and worship him despite the wall that is in front of him, I pray that you lift your walls to our Almighty God. As you worship the Lord with this song, whatever wall that is in front of you right now –  a wall that covers breakthroughs, promotions, healing, transformation, keep your eyes to Jesus for nothing is impossible to Him and watch those walls start crumbling.

God Does Not Give Up

I just came from a bad interview when I got inspired to write this post. I was sick when I went in for the interview, my head was throbbing badly but I couldn’t ask the interviewer to reschedule. To make things worst, there was a short notice of change of venue. The interview didn’t went as I expected, but the interviewers are nice people and I have nothing against them. But of course I felt sad, because in my heart, I wanted that post. I decided to go for a walk, and I stopped when I got reminded of what I saw that morning, of what I wrote in my bible few years back. At the top of the page where Genesis 1 is, I wrote that “God does not give up”. And in that moment, God spoke to me that I should not give up on myself. I was compelled to sit down and wrote down my thoughts as I see how God is mighty and faithful in my life by meditating His goodness in the midst of appreciating the dusky skyline.

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I like how the Bible started everything – it started with a very strong statement what a powerful and great our God is. The very first verse in the Bible, exudes the very nature of God as Someone powerful and supreme – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”.

We are all too familiar with this verse – who isn’t? And what’s more exciting, is when we jump to the next verse.

“The earth was formless and void or a waste and emptiness, and darkness was upon the face of the deep [primeval ocean that covered the unformed earth]. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.”

GENESIS 1:2 AMP

In the first part of the verse, the earth was described as something that was formless, a void, a waste where nothing but emptiness and darkness. At one point of our life, we are the very description of the earth. We were once formless, a waste – full of void.

There maybe times, when we think that we have messed up so much, that we are on the verge of losing control of things or people around us. Worse, we are at the point, we think that nothing good will come out of us, because society dictates it due to our colour, ethnicity; or our career is not soaring to the roof just like your peers. Or perhaps, we think nobody likes us because we are not in a perfect relationship.

But rejoice, that verse didn’t end in a hopeless situation. The good part came.

“The Spirit of God was moving over the face of waters.”

Isn’t it amazing, that amidst the darkness and chaos of our lives, the Spirit of the Lord is there? The Spirit of God was patiently waiting – waiting to recreate; He neither stop moving nor give up on us. Just like the story of the beginning where the Spirit of the Lord works on the creation, He wanted to work on us as well – to be full in form again, to fill all the voids we have in our lives and to be used for His glory.

The Lord is just waiting for us – to allow Him to work in our lives – and once we invite Him – He is ready to create a new us; for it was written that if anyone is in Christ – he is a new creation, reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 5:17). As what our pastor always says, “God is going to fix first your heart and everything else will follow”. God does not give up on us, and so we should be – we should not give up on ourselves. Allow God to fix our hearts and everything else will follow.