Posted on October 11, 2015
10-11-2015 weekly message
Meditation of the week: Psalms 1:1-6
Main scripture: Psalms 119:73-96
Subject: Where are we looking for delight?
King David understood the hope in the words of God; he confessed, the only thing that he hope for is to be like the Lord in the day of resurrection (Ps. 17:15). Even though the commandments of God trouble him sometimes, he understood that all his commandments are comfort from the mercy of God. So he confessed, “for thy law is my delight.”
He knew, the word of the LORD is settled in heaven forever; and he hope only for the words of God that give him eternal delight.
He also confessed, unless the law of the LORD had been his delights, he should then have perished in his affliction. He should be perished in his affliction because of temptation through misunderstanding the comfort in the law of the LORD, but he believed, all the affliction given unto him led him unto repentance so that he was purified. Therefore, he could be delighted even in the affliction. And he testified, “Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.”(Ps. 119:77)
And he testified, it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant: and praise is comely (Ps. 147:1)
King David understood such a great truth, and he testified of the blessed one: “But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”(Ps. 1:2,3)
King Solomon, man of wisdom testified of the one that is wise to encourage the youth:“Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;”(Eccl. 12:1)
He testified unto young men and women of the true delights, after he understood all things are in vanity through his life pursued the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life in his youth. He encouraged them knowing them pursuing the delights in the flesh to find God that gives eternal delights, when they found that carnal delights are something in vain that are evils.
God had multiplied the nation of Israel, and not increased the joy (Isa. 9:3) so that they might not be deceived by false delights from Satan, and not forgot God the Creator that gives them eternal joy. The LORD God spoke unto the people of Israel through prophet Isaiah of the day when they may have eternal joy:
“And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away…. For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.”(Isa. 35:10; 51:3)
The LORD God that had spoke through his prophets appeared to the earth in the name of JESUS, and he spoke unto the Jews of exceeding glad:
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”(Matt. 5:11,12)
And the Lord Jesus also spoke unto the children of God of rejoice: “And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.”
In other word, it is the promise of God to give them joy to whomsoever sow the seed of life preaching the gospel or harvest that was sown by others.
Apostle Paul also testified of the joy given by God:
“By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:… And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”(Rom. 5:2-4,11)
Apostle Peter sent a letter unto the children of God that rejoiced in the midst of afflictions saying,
“Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls…Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.”(1Pet. 1:8,9; 4:12-14)
Our Lord Jesus Christ had Apostle John testify of the eternal joy that we may have after we are translated into heaven:
“Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time…. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.”(Rev. 12:12)
Yeah! We may be able to live rejoicing with the Lord within us in the hope of the words of God dwelling in the earth. When our Lord Jesus Christ take us home in heaven, we shall live forever with eternal joy with the Lord in heaven without the Devil anymore. And the members of the church of God as well as the body of Christ shall be perfectly in one body to be married to the Lord Jesus, the Lamb of God. And we shall not separated with the Lord physically anymore, but shall be one body with him to live with him with joy and delights forever. Not only this, but the church of God shall be the joint-heir with Christ to reign with him for thousand years in the earth. Therefore, whosoever has this hope is able to overcome all kinds of afflictions, and to rejoice in the glorious hope.
Prophet Zechariah prophesied of the glory that the saints shall receive in the future: ” ……… the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.
And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.
And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.”(Zech 14:5-9)
Enoch also, the seventh from Adam that was translated to heaven, prophesied of the saints raptured that shall come down gloriously to the earth with the Lord Jesus Christ:
” Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.”(Jude 1:14-16)
…………Therefore, we have to draw down the anchor of our soul deeply into the hope given unto us to live tasting the eternal delights in the hope that is sure and firm from God no more the delights from the world. Not being deceived by the carnal delights from the world, we have to crucify the flesh with the affections and lusts as the ones that are Christ’s. The only way to taste such a spiritual delights is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ in all the heart to receive the Holy Ghost so that we may be able to overcome corruptible flesh as well as the world. Of this. king Solomon encouraged unto young men and women that are pursuing the lust of the flesh saying,
“Therefore, remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.”(Eccl. 11:10)