Prayer & Praise

On Psalm 22 by Chen

prayer

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
by night, but I find no rest.[b]
3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
you are the one Israel praises.[c]
4 In you our ancestors put their trust;
they trusted and you delivered them.
5 To you they cried out and were saved;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
6 But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
7 All who see me mock me;
they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
8 “He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
“let the Lord rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
since he delights in him.”
9 Yet you brought me out of the womb;
you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
10 From birth I was cast on you;
from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
11 Do not be far from me,
for trouble is near
and there is no one to help.
12 Many bulls surround me;
strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
13 Roaring lions that tear their prey
open their mouths wide against me.
14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart has turned to wax;
it has melted within me.
15 My mouth[d] is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
you lay me in the dust of death.
16 Dogs surround me,
a pack of villains encircles me;
they pierce[e] my hands and my feet.
17 All my bones are on display;
people stare and gloat over me.
18 They divide my clothes among them
and cast lots for my garment.
19 But you, Lord, do not be far from me.
You are my strength; come quickly to help me.
20 Deliver me from the sword,
my precious life from the power of the dogs.
21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;
save me from the horns of the wild oxen.
22 I will declare your name to my people;
in the assembly I will praise you.
23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!
All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!
Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!
24 For he has not despised or scorned
the suffering of the afflicted one;
he has not hidden his face from him
but has listened to his cry for help.
25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;
before those who fear you[f] I will fulfill my vows.
26 The poor will eat and be satisfied;
those who seek the Lord will praise him—
may your hearts live forever!
27 All the ends of the earth
will remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
will bow down before him,
28 for dominion belongs to the Lord
and he rules over the nations.
29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
those who cannot keep themselves alive.
30 Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord.
31 They will proclaim his righteousness,
declaring to a people yet unborn:
He has done it!

Prayer (v1-21)
– Separation from the Father (v1-5)
– Scorn (v6-8)
– Solitude (v9-11)
– Satanic hosts (v12-13)
– Suffering (v14-15)
– Sensitivity (absence of) (v16-18)

Praise (v22-31)
Fully to enjoy God is to glorify Him.

Why Praise?
He is the
– Risen one
– Ruling one
– Righteous one

Prayer (v1-21)
– Separation from the Father (v1-5)
– Scorn (v6-8)
– Solitude (v9-11)
– Satanic hosts (v12-13)
– Suffering (v14-15)
– Sensitivity (absence of) (v16-18)

Praise (v22-31)
Fully to enjoy God is to glorify Him.

Why Praise?
He is the
– Risen one
– Ruling one
– Righteous one

Matthew 16:19

Thursday Prayer Meeting message by Wong

Keys-to-heaven

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭16:19‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God has given us the authority to open the doors of heaven
If you are given the key, you are given he responsibility & signifies implication of authority.
In olden days, King would appoint trusted servant who would be given a key to the treasury.
Keys used to worn on neck for safekeeping & as a sign of authority.
This is what Jesus meant when He spoke to Peter, to the other apostles & even to us today!

The Key
The preaching of the Word of God which is given to every believer – Martin Luther King

Why do we preach the Gospel?
There’s only 2 reasons which should be the motive of every believer
1. We love God
2. We love others

God has already done everything necessary for the whole world to go into heaven.

God has given us the authority to forgive in His name
This is not on our own merit but what God has already done.
Our decision to accepts Christ is made on earth but has a major implication in heaven.a picture of a man who is in sin is tied up by Satan.
When we are saved, our bondage is removed & our sin is forgiven.

It is a great honor that we are God’s messengers to declare His Word. – John Calvin

This is a great privilege & also a great responsibility.
It is humbling & also a great comfort that us mere mortal men can share & impart God’s Word.