Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Psalm 69: Let's Redeem the Time

KEY TEXT: Psalms 69:7-9 For I endure scorn for your sake, and shame covers my face.  I am a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my own mother's sons; for zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me. (NIV)

KEY THOT: David experiences in this psalm Jesus' rejection by his own kinsmen and his siblings. He has to endure all the scorn, shame and insults because the "zeal for your house consumes me". In a sense, the persecution Jesus experienced was not really directed against him but to God: "the insults of those who insult you fall on me". When we are rejected and persecuted by unbelievers because we are zealous for God, we have to remember what Jesus himself has said: "If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you" (John 15:18).

As followers of Christ, we should expect opposition and even persecution from those who hate Christ and God if we are zealous for God. Jesus has already promised it. It's no longer a question of "if" but only "when". The global political climate is currently fluid and dynamic. Events may change quickly and we may find ourselves in situation that may expose us to the violence we now only watch on TV. Events in Marawi (Philippines) where ISIS-inspired militants are murdering Christians can easily spill into Indonesia and then spread to nearby countries.

Nevertheless, while we are still enjoying peace in our land, let's take it as a God-given opportunity for us to remain zealous for the Gospel. This is God's time for building His Kingdom, not for pursuing our personal ambition.

May the Lord continue to protect our land from violence and evil-doers. Amen.

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