Friday, 2nd December 2022
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
What is more important than God? So often we put other things first before God, our family, our work, our finance, our health, even our ministry and our church… what is really our priority? If there is anything we put before God, then we are not putting God first. Jesus told a parable, when a king invited people to come to his house for a meal, they were all busy and refused to come, so they went out on the street to invite people outside. Furthermore, when the people on the street did not treat the king’s invitation seriously, they were rejected to enter. God is sending us an invitation, He is passing life to us, but what is our attitude? How do we respond?
We have come a long way to come to the Promised Land, we have arrived and then what? What do we see in the Promised Land? Do we see all these things stopping us to come to God? We must be always prepared to come to God, do not let the environment or the surroundings become our stumbling blocks to come to God. God created us in the way so we can put Him first, come to Him, receive His blessings, and enjoy His presence, but the world lures us into a ‘doing’ mode that made us see the world more than we see God.
God wants us to be the salt and light of this world, and when we put God first, all the blessing will be with us. We are the people following God, and this is the path of faith, not according to our own agenda but according to God’s timing, let God be first, let God decide our future path, and let God take over in our lives.
Section One V1-6 Let Jehovah be the King
V1 ‘The Lord reigns; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad!’ God rules and reigns in our lives, we must let God be the King, not our job, not our spouse, not our children, not ourselves, we must not let anyone else be on the throne but only God.
V2 ‘Clouds and darkness surround Him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.’ God is our righteousness, when we are with God, then righteousness will be with us, and we no longer need to fight for ourselves or to justify ourselves, because God is the only just One.
V3-4 ‘A fire goes before Him and burns up His enemies round about. His lightnings light the world; the earth sees and trembles.’ Do we believe that God can deal with our enemies? He is greater than anything and anyone in this world, we must focus on God, then nothing will stand in our way.
Section Two V7-9 Only Worship Him
V8 ‘Zion hears and is glad, and the daughters of Judah rejoice because of Your judgments, O Lord.’ We thought if we put God first, then we won’t be able to carry on with out plans and the works in our hands. But this is the opposite, we must let go of whatever we hold onto in our hands, do not let ourselves be our own god, but let God be God.
9 ‘For You, Lord, are most high above all the earth; You are exalted far above all gods.’ Do pray for the sake of praying, coming to God is not about seeking for an answer for us to move on, but about connecting with God, then we will realise that everything we are afraid of is no longer important. When God becomes our King, then we will let God walk before us, let God guide us, and let Him make the decisions of our lives. This is a blessing we must experience as the people called by God, He wants us to receive every blessing and He wants our lives to be filled with wonderful testimonies.
Section Three V10-12 Only Rely on God
V10 ‘You who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.’ What is evil? The world is evil, it’s not about right or wrong, black or white, but it’s this world against the Kingdom of Heaven. We must dislike everything belongs to the world and focus on everything belongs to the Heaven. Ask God what He wants us to do every single moment, God has already taught us everything we need to live. Everything that does not belong to God belongs to this world.
V11-12 ‘Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.’ When we put God first and only rely on God, He will save us out of slavery, He will set us free, and He will bless us. We will no longer be lacking, and we will no longer live in guilt, when we follow God, He will protect us, He will bless us, and He will be with us. God is calling us today, He is calling us Jeshurun, those who came out from the wilderness, those who responded to His calling, those whom He is taking to the Promised Land… we must not wait until the things in our hands are all done then we follow God.
We must let go now and let God take over. He wants us to let go of all the burdens, then He will give us the eternal joy. Not only for us, but for our children, our grandchildren, and our future generations.
诗篇 97 – 以神为首