A short, simple video I made on Psalm 23 with my iPad.
My first video message. Kindly post what you think of it in the comments section. But be gentle.
Some time ago I bought a pocket WiFi when I still did not have a more permanent Internet connection. It, of course, came with a manual. The only problem is, the manual did not state how long the device should be charged and how long a charged battery would last. So there were numerous times when I least expected it when the device would die while I was using it. Needless to say, this left me frustrated and exasperated.
Imagine if the Bible was like that, if it didn’t tell us how to deal with certain problems in our lives. If it didn’t tell us about pain or suffering or sin. This may not only leave us frustrated or exasperated, but may unknowingly let us drift away from God.
This is why we need the whole counsel of God as laid out in the whole Bible. Every page of the Bible can reveal to us answers that we need to life’s questions. Thus, we should not focus on only one part of the Bible. To do so is to miss out on important lessons that God wants to teach us.
When we leave out other parts of the Bible, we become half-baked Christians. And, if we do not know the answers to problems we begin to face, the tendency is to get perplexed, confused or, worse, we blame God.
We need to study the whole counsel of God from Genesis to Revelation, so we may know God, His wisdom and plan for us. The Psalmist wrote, “One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple” (Psalm 27:4).
The line, “to seek him in his temple,” can be translated as, “to inquire in his temple” (NKJV). This is why we need to read the whole Bible; that we may inquire of the Lord. But if the answer is somewhere in the Bible we don’t want to go to, how will we get the answer? The scary truth is we might get the answer from a charlatan who can tickle us with fancy words and “teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain” (Titus 1:11).
Wrong counsel can turn us into fools. Right counsel makes us wise.
The whole counsel of God makes us fully wise.
It’s all about Him!
It’s not about me feeling good. It’s not about me getting rich. It’s not about me becoming prosperous.
It’s all about Him!
But if I seek Him with all my heart, His kingdom, His righteousness, then all of these things will follow.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (Matthew 6:33).
It’s not about me.
It’s all about You, Lord Jesus!
I was invited to join a Facebook prayer group the other day and it got me thinking of what prayer means to me. For some reason, I remembered a song by an old band that told of “an old-fashioned love song coming down in three-part harmony.”
This basically is what the basis of prayer should be, a desire to be in harmony with God — attuned with his will and walking in step with his ways. There are three parts in my daily prayer and I would like to share them with you.
1. Listen to God
The first thing I do is be still and be quiet for several minutes. I allow myself to come into his presence slowly and lovingly. I let the sounds of nature waking up remind me that the new day is already a miracle from God. Without saying a word, I express from my inner being gratitude to God for another day. Then I open the Bible and contemplate God’s word as if he were speaking directly to me.
Listening to God takes up a greater part of the harmony. An old hymn comes to mind:
I come to the garden alone
while the dew is still on the roses,
and the voice I hear, falling on my ear,
the Son of God discloses
He speaks, and the sound of his voice
is so sweet the birds hush their singing
and the melody that he gave to me
within my heart is ringing
And he walks with me,
and he talks with me
and he tells me I am his own
and the joy we share
as we tarry there
none other has ever known
2. Talk to God
This is when I let God know of my requests, mostly of which are prayers for others, because I believe that God already knows my own needs. I have a prayer journal wherein I list down prayer items that are requested of me and this is the time I open the journal. Remember that prayer is attuning one’s self to his will and not the other way around.
Prayer is the burden of a sigh;
The falling of a tear;
The upward glancing of an eye,
When none but God is near
3. Sing to God
I believe prayer is never complete without worship. And I worship God through singing. I awake the dawn with singing. It doesn’t matter whether I believe I have a good voice or not. My voice is not as important as my heart.
And I sing because I’m happy
I sing because I’m free,
For his eye is on the sparrow,
And I know he watches me
Prayer. It’s not an activity. It’s a melodious encounter with God.