Saturday, 24 October 2020
Title: May the Lord strengthen our hearts
By: Ps Johnson Chong
7″ My heart, O God, is steadfast,
my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make music.
8 Awake, my soul!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.”
A believer may have no accomplishment and no progress in the spiritual life. The reason is that his heart is not fixed, and he harnesses two objectives, two preferences, two thoughts, and two desires in his mind and soul. He wanted to serve God, but he could not relinquish his monetary possession; he wanted to follow the Lord, but he could not leave his family. He held the plow in his hand but looked back. This kind of person can only set the foundation, but cannot finish a building, which is a joke.
There are many examples in the Bible. Lot was a righteous man but lived in Sodom. He was hurt every day but refused to leave. He was miserable even after he was retrieved by the angel. Aaron was not as staunch or stands as steadfast as his grandson, Phinehas, because of his attitude towards sin. Aaron would have perished without Moses’ intercession. The man of God from Judah was not determined to obey God’s command and was killed by a lion. Zedekiah was ashamed by failure because of fear and hesitation.
But in the Bible, we also see people who stood steadfast in their heart. Caleb was a man with a steadfast heart. He had been following God exclusively when he was old, never wavered, and received beautiful promises and inheritance. Ruth was a very determined woman, determined to follow her mother-in-law, without being shaken. Elisha was a determined man as well. He followed Elijah to the end, and he asked for abundant inspiration until he got it. Mordecai was a steadfast man. He never gave in to Haman, and he was glorified. Paul was a steadfast man and finished his race without hesitation.
God uses this pandemic to test our attitude of worship. In the past seven months or so, the pandemic has indeed endangered people’s lives and livelihoods globally. Christians also face challenges in church life. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, our faith has been shaken in one way or another, whether it is a tribulation in faith amid natural or man-made disasters. David belongs to God and he knew God intimately. Therefore, in times of difficulties, he took refuge in God for peace and steadiness.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, how about you and me? How can we stand steadfast in the Lord? The answer is faith and trust in our God. David strengthened himself in the Lord his God (1 Samuel 30:6). Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58). May the Lord renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Dear Heavenly Father, I want to thank you and praise you. We can see David’s faith stood steadfast when he faced many difficulties and dangers. Our merciful and loving God, we are full of hope in you. In every trough of our lives, you will give unexpected peace and blessings like running rivers in the desert. Through You, our hearts stand steadfast in Christ, we will not be shaken in all sufferings, we thank and praise you. We are to recognise our shortcomings in weakness, our faith strengthens in trusting You. Lord! Please strengthen us with supplications and thankful hearts, in the holy name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen !
祷告祈求和感谢, 奉主耶稣基督的圣名。阿门 !