Wednesday, 7th October, 2020
Title: Great Things He Had Done
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong
Psalm 126 (ESV)
1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”
3 The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad.
4 Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like streams in the Negeb!
5 Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!
6 He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.
If your country has never been conquered, your home has never been destroyed, your great possessions have never been taken along with every member of your family being led away captive in a foreign land for 70 years, you could never know how the Israelites felt during the time of captivity in Babylon. However, the good day had, at last, arrived when the Lord God brought them back to the holy city of Jerusalem. With the Lord’s help in their hopeless time, the people of Israel felt as if they were in a dream.
If we look at our life journey with the Lord, we could see that we had been held captive to sin. It is only because of God’s grace and His power that we have been able to walk our journey, to overcome difficulties, and been brought back to the place of fellowship with God. He has broken the bonds of slavery and freed us to live for Him in Christ Jesus. That is why Christians rejoice with songs of joy knowing that the Lord has done great things in our lives and continues to do so as the Holy Spirit dwell among us. We are filled with great joy.
However, sometimes some may say, “But my life is filled with trouble, sickness, sorrow, grief, and temptations that continue to overwhelm me? How do I rejoice in such a time as this?” Yes, it is true. Some days it seems that life is so bleak that it is difficult to even get up from bed or put one foot ahead of the other. How can we deal with this?
We are the children of God and we serve the Lord who has been through everything we face as a man. Jesus lives in us now, you and me. He talks and prays to God on our behalf as He promised He will never leave us nor forsake us. We cannot even imagine what God can do for us if only we open our lives and our hearts to Him. Apostle Paul pray and believe that, by the Holy Spirit who lives in us, we are empowered.
“16) I pray that He will use His glorious riches to make you strong. May His Holy Spirit give you His power deep down inside you. 17) Then Christ will live in your hearts because you believe in Him.18) May you have power together with all the Lord’s holy people to understand Christ’s love. 20) God is able to do far more than we could ever ask for or imagine. He does everything by His power that is working in us. 21) Give Him glory in the church and in Christ Jesus. Give Him glory through all time and for ever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3: 16-18, 20-21)
Dear Heavenly Father,
We want to give thanks to You for the love and grace you have extended to us. You personally know each and every one of us by name – You are the God of all comforts who comforts us and provides to us according to our needs. We thank You for the strength and joy You give us, even when we have nowhere else to turn to. Increase in us, O Lord, greater faith so that we can see the benefit in trials and how all these circumstances make us better, fit to live with You in eternity. May the Holy Spirit remind us each day that our lives are not about us but about bringing glory to You and honor to Your name. We pray in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen.
我们要感谢祢赐与我们的爱和恩典。祢知道我们每一个人的名字 – 祢是安慰之源， 是安慰我们并且依据我们的需要供应我们的上帝。我们感谢祢给予我们力量和喜乐，即便我们已无可倚靠。主啊，增添我们信心，好让我们能看见试炼的好处，并且明白所有的境况为要使我们更好，适合与祢同住在永恒里。愿圣灵每天提醒我们，我们的生命并不关乎我们，而是在于将荣耀与尊崇归与祢的名。奉我们的主救主耶稣的名子祷告。阿门。