October 6, 2020

STEADFAST LOVE - Bro. T. Stephen

I greet and bless everyone in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The blessed word that God has given for you today, is from the book of  Psalms 90:14,15 “  Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil.” 

From the above context we understand that the above passage is all about the sufferings of the people of Israel and how Moses feels that God should gladden the people according to the days, of their affliction during their journey through the wilderness. The Psalmist considers that the recognition of human finitude and fallibility is not really the cause for despair,   and hopelessness but rather an occasion for prayer. And in humble, honest, faithful prayer, the psalmist arrives at the good news that the hope of the world is grounded in God’s “compassion” and “steadfast love.”

This psalm is more like a prayer, of Moses for the people of Israel. For it is called a prayer. It is supposed that this psalm was written when   the sentence was passed upon Israel in the wilderness for their unbelief, murmuring, and rebellion, and that none of them that were, then of age should enter Canaan. Probably Moses penned this prayer to be used daily, either by the people in their tents, or, at least, by the priests in the tabernacle-service, during their tedious fatigue in the wilderness.

When Moses considered the frail nature of humanity and the righteous judgment of God, it made him to ask God for the wisdom to understand the shortness of life.  So he says, “ Lord teach us to number our days. to consider the shortness and miseries of this life, and the certainty and speediness of death, and the causes and consequences thereof ’’ So he cries to the Lord, “ O satisfy us early with thy  mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Lord   satisfy us, early and do that quickly for we are unable to bear the affliction that we go through. Lord Show us your mercy.”

Moses cries out to God with utmost faith that God would satisfy   their longings. He says, “Satisfy us early with” with your divine “mercy;” for Your mercies, are everlasting mercies.  For there was no peace   there   was no safety, there was restlessness all over. So   he offered a prayer and this prayer, was a  prayer of manifestation. He wanted to know if all that happened to the people were from the hand of God. He says, “I care not what it will be, I had rather have God’s vinegar, than man’s oil, God’s wormwood, than man’s manna, God’s justice, than any man’s mercy; for he took everything that came,  by the right hand, of God. Even afflictions are welcome when we see them to be from God. Moses would choose, the way that this prayer entreats, be only merciful,  “Satisfy us early with thy mercy.” He wanted God to show mercy to the disheartened people.

Life is always full of challenges. Just when we think that everything is going smoothly and according to God’s plan, we are faced with a challenge, something that causes us to feel inadequate once again, something that causes us to seek God’s   direction and strength. It didn’t take very long for God to give Moses and the children   of Israel some challenges that would stretch their faith and patience. Yes, similarly you too must be facing certain challenges in your life.  You might have lost your job during  the Lockdown period and now though  it  has been unlocked yet because of joblessness and financial crisis, you would have borrowed money to manage your expenditure or to pay your children’s fees,  from your own relative but now you are unable to pay back. As a result you feel ashamed, to face them. You are filled with shame and remorse, over the consecutive happenings.  Are you grumbling and complaining like the Israelites, or do you wait upon God to stretch forth His compassionate hand to help you in this critical situation. Cry out to God like Moses, who cried for the people of Israel.  Go to Him with your problems and allow Him to minister to you as Jehovah- Jireh, God who  provides. For the LORD your God, is the faithful God, who keeps His  covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments. God bless you.

Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Lord we see the sufferings  of Israel in the wilderness. We also see that Moses cried to the Lord on their behalf for mercy. Help us to cry unto the Lord when we are afflicted. Teach us to know that God allows such trials to expand and strengthen our faith in Him. Lord be good to us and show Your tender mercies that we may regain stability in our journey in the wilderness.

In Jesus name we pray.


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