6-5-2016 Weekly Message
This week’s meditation: Psalms 27: 1-14
Scripture Psalm 30: 1-12
Title: Prayer That Pleases God contained in prayer of David
        David bear witness to what the LORD God  had done for him:
God had lifted him up, and had not made his enemies to rejoice over him. God healed him when he cried unto him. In addition, God had brought up his soul from the grave. God had not kept his soul going down to the pit that is hell.
         The things that God had done for David is a model of the grace of God’s children who have received salvation in the New Testament. Of course, David was several times in the midst of the sorrow because of his enemies. As well as children of God will suffer such things as him.
       In the case of the Apostle Paul, he was in the weakness and humiliation and poverty and persecution and distress several times because of his enemies. When he was stuck in jail, his enemies rejoiced. Rather, due to such things, but he was glad for those things for the sake of Christ; and he  testified saying for when I am weak, then am I strong. Not only Apostle Paul but also many other  Christians today being in such a sadness, but rather such sorrow shall be blessing hoping for the glory that they shall receive in the future. Although we are not going to be completely healed physically, only being healed spiritually, we shall be completely healed physically in the days when the Lord Jesus reigns. Finally, we shall be able to praise the Lord as King David testified in his psalm 103 as saying, “Forgives all thine iniquities; healeth all thy diseases.”
         David confessed, “…weeping may enddure for a night, but joy comethe in the morning.”” We know that there are many saints who crying all night unable to sleep due to various diseases or afflictions. Even in the morning they  may not be able to rejoice. This cry often lasts longer than one night. David had to confess, “My tears have been  my meat day and night.”(Ps 42:3). He even said unto the LORD in his prayer, “Put down my tears into thy bottle.”(Ps. 56:8)
          Apostle Paul testified of the tears of the children of God in this age unto the saints in Rome and Corinthian church: For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us…. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.“(Romans 8:18, 2 Corinthians 4: 17-18)
       And the  morning in David’s prayer is not the earthly morning, but the heavenly morning that is the morning of the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.. The prophet Malachi testified of  the heavenly morning: “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. “(Malachi 4: 1-2).
         That’s right! After the Sun of Righteousness Lord Jesus Christ as the sun set, there has been in the night; Christians have been shining the world as  the moon shining in the night for the last two thousand years. But sooner or later when the Sun of righteousness rise again in the morning of the Second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, all the tears of the saints shall be turned into the joy.
Apostle Paul testified of the earthly night: The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.“(Rom. 13:12-14)
          David realized about the wondrous morning; and  that he  only wanted was not enjoying the prosperity in this world, but rather he pledged not to be moved being vigilant in times of prosperity. His only hope is to be like him, Christ when he shall resurrect with him as he confessed in his prayer:
 ” As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness..” (Psalm 17:15)
       We tend to say something stupid in the days of prosperity unless we awake to pray. King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon was moved in the days of prosperity, and spoke with pride before God. He was ended up tremendous discipline from God. Prophet Daniel testified of him: The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty? While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.“(Daniel 4: 30-31)
          David also confessed saying he was troubled with disappearance of the presence of God when he was moved in his prosperity:Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation..” (Psalm 27: 9)
         As David confessed, we no more be able to praise the Lord God neither to preach the word of the truth of God anymore in the grave after death; it is only possible when we are alive in the world. Our present life in the earth is given unto all of us one time only. Only the things that we do for Christ shall be endured forever. Apostle Paul encouraged unto the Corinthians of this: “:Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”(I Corinthians 15:38)
           David had confessed saying, “Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness”; Such kind of confession is as something mysterious for natural men in the world; hoe they can dance in mourning putting off sackcloth to be glad? But it was possible for David because he lived in the hope in the word of the LORD God.
       The word of God testifies of faith,” Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”(Heb. 11;1) 
Mourning cannot be turned into dance unless the faith in the word of God becomes substance as if the thing that hope for were realized. Faith is not the thing for the future but for the present. In other word, if the hope of the crowns to be rewarded at the judgment seat of Christ as well as to be the joint heirs with Christ are realized as substance by faith, any kind of sorrow cannot devours us, but it shall be turned into joy by the hope of faith.    
       David is finishing his prayer of thanks saying, To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent.” At the end of his prayer he gave thanks for his glory saying,”  O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever ”  That’s right! Christians cannot be silent at all looking forward the glory to receive through the salvation. Before Jesus was descended to heaven, he said unto his disciples, “You shall be witnesses unto me.” The scripture also testifies, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;“Ps. 107:2)
 He saved us so that we may glorify him ,and love his Son, and preach his words of the  truth. We should set aside the things that are not necessary, but redeem the time for preaching the word of God. Then we shall be blessed dwelling in the house of the Father forever without regret. Amen! Hallelujah!