FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2019
THEME: PRAISES BE TO GOD
TEXT: PSALM 124
1. If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say; 2. If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us: 3. Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us: 4. Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: 5. Then the proud waters had gone over our soul. 6. Blessed be the LORD, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth. 7. Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped. 8. Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 124:1-2 opens with ‘if it had not been the Lord who was on our side…’ ‘if it had not been the Lord who was on our side…’ You may wonder why the repetitions, it is to emphasize God’s power of deliverance from the snares of the devil. You will understand the weight of the Psalmist’s words if you had encountered, and ecsaped violence or threat to your life. Saturday, 5th May, 2018 came readily to the mind of this contributor, when he escaped from the hands if robbers on Anthony Bridge, Lagos-Ikorodu expressway, unharmed and without anything taken away from him besides the glasses of the two back doors of his official transcript car that were shattered! No bullet or knife wound! The only weapon of defence was a thunderous shout of the name of Jesus.
Many of us might have had such miraculous interventions and escapes where ordinarily we would not have been able to do anything by ourselves. Yet we overcame all the numerous dangers and perils of 2018. Therefore our mouths should be filled with songs of praise to God Almighty for all His marvelous deeds in our lives and families. Let us extol and worship the Lord our Saviour and Redeemer for who He is, not only for what He does or did not do. God is God and reigns for ever and ever. No one can overthrow nor defeat God and there is none comparable with the Lord.
It is a serious mental illness to think that there is nothing like satan or an enemy seeking to devour you or make life miserable for you. If babies, who are just coming into the world, have enemies, it is stupidity for anyone to think or say that he/she is free from enemies. The poor have, and the rich have too. Sometimes, standing for truth and righteousness and honesty in the fear of God attracts more opposition and spiritual attack. Such opposition can also be intellectual, psychological, spiritual, physical or violent attacks which could come up in do many unimaginable ways. St. Paul wrote about the nature of our warfare in 2 Corinthians 10:4-6, Ephesians 6:10-18, 1Peter 5:8-11. Please, read this passages. So, beloved, always be full of praises and thanksgiving to the Lord for His mercies on you, your family, relatives and the nation. Do so as many times as possible every day.
HYMN EMHB 18
1: LET us, with a gladsome mind,
Praise the Lord, for he is kind:
For His mercies aye endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.
2: Let us blaze His name abroad,
For of gods he is the God:
3: He with all-commanding might,
Filled the new made world with light:
4: All things living He doth feed,
His full hand supplies their need:
5: Let us, with a gladsome mind,
Praise the Lord, for He is kind:
Psa. 124:6 Praise be to the Lord, who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
Praise be to God who daily fights our battles and overcome for us in Christ Jesus. Amen.
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