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Day 142. 22nd May Commentary

Posted on 21st May, 2024

Day 142. 22nd May Commentary And Summary Taken From The Books1 Kings, And 2 Chronicles.

BUILDING CONTINUES.

 

King Solomon had finished building the temple. He built his palace and furthered the furnishing of the temple and completed it.

 

1KINGS 7:1-12:

THE BUILDING OF THE KINGS PALACE.

It took 13 years to complete that project.  The structures include:

  • The palace of the Forest of Lebanon (v.2)
  • The Hall of Justice from where Solomon would judge Israel.
  • The palace he would live in
  • A palace for his wife - the daughter of Pharaoh (v.7-8).

 

HURAM GOT THE CONTRACT FOR THE TEMPLE’S DESIGN, EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR.

(v.13-51)

He was a skilled craftsman in bronze (v.13-14).

Details of the magnificent designs, and dimensions of Huram’s contract executed, including the two bronze pillars (v.19), the pillar to the south named JAKIN which means — he establishes and the pillar to the north named BOAZ interpreted — in him is strength (v.21). {v.15-40}.

King Solomon had them cast in clay as well (v.46-47).

 

Details of Gold for the temple by Solomon — this include the GOLDEN ALTAR; the Golden Table of Presence, the Lampstand of pure gold, the Gold Floral Work, Lamps, and Tongs, the pure gold Basins, ..... , the gold sockets, ... (v.48-50).

v.51.  Solomon also brought into the temple the silver, gold, and furnishings his late father King David had dedicated placing them in the treasuries.

This account is also written in 2 Chronicles 3:15-4:22 ( One Year Chronological Bible pg.577-578).

 

NIGHT:

Giving our best to God and life is a seed of love and worship.  How is your living showing devotion to Christ?


© 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 Toyin Ojo

 

Warmth,

Toyin Ojo

 

Day 141. 21st May Commentary

Posted on 21st May, 2024

Day 141. 21st May Commentary And Summary Taken From The Books1 Kings, And 2 Chronicles.

WE WERE ALONE❗️

 

Leadership is not bread and butter, especially for christian leaders in public leadership. Both the church and the world are watching and learning from you.  In today’s passages we learn from king Solomon — how he administered justice both in a negative situation, and — a positive challenge promoting cross country trade - Globalisation.

 

1 King 3:16-28

A KING - A WISE JUDGE.

Two prostitutes living together and both had babies within just 3 days interval.  One mistakenly laid on her baby and the Baby died.  She became mischievous—exchanging the babies.  They stood before the king for justice stating their case and also said “WE WERE ALONE — no one else with us.” (v.18).

After hearing their argument the king Solomon asked for a sword attempting to cut the child with a sword — and give half to each! The reaction of both women revealed who the true mother was.  The Liar said cut him in two, the mother of the living child said please don’t, let the child live, she can have the baby.

And the king gave the baby to his mother.

“When all Israel heard this judgement they feared him.” (v.28).

 

1 KINGS 5:1-18

CORDIAL, ENGAGING, ENTERPRISING — WISE

Hiram king of Tyre sent delegates to Solomon acknowledging his recent position sitting as king over Israel.  Solomon appreciating his kind and friendly gesture reply with a request for cedar to build the temple — a tack the LORD had given him — explaining that his father ( David who was King Hiram’s friend ) couldn’t due to wars (v.1-6). This led to a treaty between them (v.7&12).

Hiram got his men to to haul cedars & juniper logs from Lebanon to Mediterranean Sea, floating them as rafts by Sea to Solomon’s specified location—(v.8-9).

In exchange Solomon sent him food (v.10-11). There was also mutually beneficial exchange of skilled force.  Both countries having the likeness of cosmopolitan cities.

This is also written in 2 Chronicles 2:1-18.

 

Also recorded in 2Chronicles 2:1-18. (One Year Chronological Bible pg.573-574)

 

1 KINGS 6:1-13

SOLOMON BUILT THE TEMPLE:-

The details of the dimensions “.. sixty cubits long twenty wide and thirty high. And the portico twenty cubits, and projected ten cubits from the front of the temple” v.2-3.

 

All materials were produced off site so the building site was quiet ( not a rowdy or noisy).

“In building the temple, only blocks dressed at the quarry were used and no hammer, chisel or any other iron was heard at the temple site while it was being built.” (v.7). Situated on Mount Moriah (were the LORD appeared to David) on the threshing floor of Araunah.

 

This is also written in 2 Chronicles 3:1-14 ( One Year Chronological Bible pg.575-576 ). The project began on the second day of the second month - ZIV. (that is February 2nd on our modern calendar).

“He adorned the temple with precious stones. And the gold he used was Parvaim. He overlaid the ceiling beams, doorframes, walls, and doors of the temple with gold, and carved cherubim on the walls.” v.6&7.

 

I KINGS 6:14-38

THE TEMPLE STRUCTURE COMPLETED AND INTERIOR & DESIGN PERFECTED. The project spanned seven (7) years.

v.22.  “So he overlaid the whole interior with gold. He also overlaid with gold the altar that belonged to the inner sanctuary.”

v.30.  “He also covered the floors of both the inner and outer rooms with gold.

v.38.  “ In the eleventh year in the month of bull, the eighth month the temple was finished in all its details according to specifications.  He had spent seven years building it.

 

© 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 Toyin Ojo

 

Warmth,

Toyin Ojo

 

Day 140. 20th May Commentary

Posted on 16th May, 2024

Day 140. 20th May Commentary And Summary Taken From The Book Of Psalm, 1 Kings, And 2 Chronicles

SOLOMON’S WISDOM. 

PSALM 83 

CONSPIRACY – A Psalm Against Conspiracy 

The psalmist Asaph asked God to do to the enemies of Israel as he had previously done with some of their enemies. 

God can make our foes, and those who conspire against us as tumbleweed and as chaff before the wind (v.14).  Hate and conspiracy is part to the challenges of life to pray against from time to time. 

  

SOLOMON’S RULE – POWER & WISDOM 

His rule as king begins ( 1 Chronicles 29:23-25, 2 Chronicles 1:1, 1 Kings 2:13-46  One Year Chronological Bible, Pg.569 ). 

Solomon established his throne over Israel in place of his father David. 

Adonijah asked to marry the Shunammite woman – one of David’s concubines  [ the last wife taken for him in old age; a young and a beautiful lady, who cared for him in old age (1 King 1: 1-4)].  He actually made the request through Bathsheba Solomon’s mum.  This made Solomon’s judgement against him quick — the same Adonijah strove with him for the throne. 

Adonijah was executed at Solomon’s command. Abiathar the priest and Joab who conspired with Adonijah (Solomon’s half brother) to take the throne in his stead were also executed — these were the 1st task Solomon attended to when he became king of Israel. 

Benaiah replaced Joab as commander of Israel’s army and Zadok became priest. 

Shimei also violated the condition he was given hence he was executed too ( v.36-46). His staff lured him and he disobeyed.  It is important to be aware of our staff, as well as other relationships as they could lure to sin (some could be intentional, inspired by hate or ulterior motives, differences in religious/spiritual believes, over ambition ).  Don’t let your staff lure you to sin. 

  

SOLOMON’S LOVE FOR GOD WAS EVIDENT AS KING he honoured God by going to the altar and offering sacrifices ( a thousand burnt offerings), 1Kings 3:1-4 ( One Year Chronological Bible Pg.570571 ). This is also recorded in 2 Chronicles 1:2-6 — One Year Chronological Bible Pg.571. 

  

I AM A CHILD,  Solomon said. 

During an interview, you are meant to blow your own trumpet; be silk, polite, subtle yet assertive, you only get a chance to make a 1st impression and lab la bla … you learn this as you prepare for interviews 

Will you act like Solomon whom God appeared to in a dream saying to him “Ask WHATEVER you want” v.5.  And he asked for wisdom and discernment to govern the people saying “ .. I am only a child, and do not know how to carry out my duties ...” (v.7). 

This reply ( the fruit of his heart ) pleased the LORD (v.10) and He granted his request; so much that he cannot be equalled.  To Wisdom and Discernment he added Honour and Wealth so he had no equal in his lifetime among kings (v.12-14).  When he woke up he realised it was a dream (v.15). — This is also recorded in 2 Chronicles 1:7-13 (One Year Chronological Bible Pg.571-572). 

  

It is important to pay attention to our dreams and heighten our commitment to God and give offerings as He comes to speak to us and bless us through dreams.  

Pray against negative dreams , plead the blood of Christ against such dreams to nullify them.  Guide and Guard the condition of your heart ~ before you sleep ~ you don’t want the enemy taking advantage of your careless thoughts. 

  

  

NIGHT: 

What Would You Ask?

  • 1 King 3:11 - God noticed that what is priority for human existence: Long life, Wealth, Possessions and Honour more so in the 21st Century where the poor is getting poorer and the rich is getting richer was not priority on Solomon’s mind. He prioritised his divine assignment to govern the people excellent–y - judging correctly and discerning between good and bad.  Be sincere to yourself —  asking yourself this question  ~  this examines your heart letting you know your true values. Because that same thing God’s spirit does through such dreams. Matthew 6:21. 

© 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 Toyin Ojo

 

Warmth,

Toyin Ojo

Day 139. 19th May Commentary

Posted on 16th May, 2024

Day 139. 19th May Commentary And Summary Taken From The Book Of Psalm.

RESTORE US.

PSALM 79 

(v.1-13) 

As we know the time of David was characterised by wars.  This psalm happen to have been written at a time the people of God (Israel) suffered defeat, due to God’s withdrawal from Israel's troops. 

  

verses 1-6.  Asaph tell of the losses suffered, as well as the shame and scorn as a result. 

Then the psalmist went on to bring petitions to God (v.7-12). 

When God’s anger is removed, and His love and help is for us — the people will rejoice and praise God. 

v.5.  “How long, LORD? Will you be angry forever? 

How long will your jealousy burn like fire?” 

v.8.  “Do not hold against us the sins of past generations;

may your mercy come speedily to meet us, for we are in desperate need” 

v.13.  "Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture will praise you forever." 

  

PSALM 80 

(v.1-19). 

A PSALM TO THE SHEPHERD OF ISRAEL 

v.1.  A few extracts; “Hear us, shepherd of Israel... “ 

v.3,7,19.  “Restore us, O God;

make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.” 

Again it’s about the wrath of God that has been stirred - the Almighty God has been provoked to jealousy as Israel often lusts after other gods. 

Then Asaph an appointed music leader, a Levite who sang and ministered in the temple — praises God, recounting his awesome deeds and coveting his face again (v.8-19). 

“Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand, ... Restore us, LORD God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. ” (v.17 & 19a). 

  

PSALM 81 

SING TO THE GOD OF JACOB, SHOUT ALOUD, 

He has removed the burden from our shoulders (v.1,3) — declares the psalmist Asaph. 

   

The LORD is saying “In your distress, you called and I rescued you, ...  I am the LORD your God  who brought you out of Egypt... 

Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.” (v.7a, 10). 

But if you repent, I will be fast at avenging and your foes, you will subdue! 

  

PSALM 82 

v.1-8. 

God defends the weak and needy — fatherless and oppressed from the wicked.  The psalmist acknowledged God as the greatest and above every other god, the LORD presiding over them in judgement — these other gods rule in darkness, therefore, cannot bring light — true light-good light. Don't be lured to seek them. 

  

Therefore “ Arise, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance.” v.8. 

  

Night: 

You may mark tonight as your night of vow. Write a vow never to seek other gods, familiar spirit, sorcerer/sorceress when God is silent.  Set your mind and be determined to wait upon the LORD and pray until he restores you back to Himself. Read Psalm 81:3,7,14,79:10, 82:8.

 

 

© 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 Toyin Ojo

 

Warmth,

Toyin Ojo

Day 138. 18th May Commentary

Posted on 16th May, 2024

Day 138. 18th May Commentary And Summary Taken From The Book Of Psalm.

CLIMATE CHANGE.

PSALM 75   

Together with Asaph, an ancient music leader let us sing these words; praising the Name of our God the judge who judges with equity. 

 

From earthquakes to climate change, fires, solar eclipses, tsunamis, God controls it all  Let’s encourage all people to think this way 

v.3.  “When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm.” v.7.  “It is God who judges: 

He brings one down, he exalts another.” Knowing this should reassure us of divine justice and make the High and low stay humble. 

v.9-10.  ‘..... I will sing to the God of Jacob, who  says, “I will cut off the horns of the wicked, but the

horns of the righteous will be lifted up.”’ 

  

PSALM 76  v.1-12. 

PSALMIST ASAPH DECLARES GOD’S PRAISE. 

He is wider praised in the land of Judah and his Name is great (v.1). He fights with invisible power, lights, sounds even thunder and defeats the warriors. 

  

FEAR THE GOD OF JACOB, FEAR GOD, FEAR GOD! 

Fear His wrath, His judgment. 

  • He saves the afflicted (v.9).

Make vows and bring gifts to the LORD (v.11). 

  

PSALM 77   

 

Meditation is good but without positive change and progress in human life, even that spiritual and therapeutic act would increase depression and merely sap strength; as the case of Asaph. 

Remember God’s wonders, blessings, favor — consider them; meditate on them — believe in miracles!  He is stronger and deeper than all depths. 

The waters honour Him, the clouds and thunders, lightnings, the wind, the air — then you will experience his power, protection, care, redemption and miracles ! 

“Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, 

though your footprints were not seen. You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron. v.19-20. 

  

PSALM 78 

(v.1-72) 

Here Asaph teach us the praiseworthy deeds of the God; which we should keep talking about — because He ( the Almighty God ) likes it that way.  From his laws, to his ways among the ancient Israel, victories, battle and wars won. He messed up Pharoah in Egypt, He split the rock and water gushed out, abundantly like rivers, human begins ate angels food. 

  

v.30-52 

AVOID TESTING GOD with lack of faith to avoid the full rage of His anger as people of old did, in spite of the miracles they heard and saw. Time and time again he restrained his anger (v.38). 

Yet again and again they put God to test (v.41).  Avoid testing God or he will send a band of destroying angels against you (v.49). 

  

If we could trust Him, He will deal tenderly with us. “He brought His people out like a flock; 

He led them like sheep through the wilderness.” Trust Him in your wilderness experience, trust Him when you have abundance. 

  

  

NIGHT; 

BE LIKE DAVID:- 

He was just a shepherd boy but faithful; then divine promotion came to Him, and He became the shepherd of God’s people, setting an example of what wholehearted devotion is; “And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands, he led them”. Psalm 78:72. 

Write down how you will avoid sin - considering your peculiarities ( your strengths and weaknesses). 78:41. 

 

© 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 Toyin Ojo

 

Warmth,

Toyin Ojo

Day 137. 17 May Commentary

Posted on 16th May, 2024

Day 137. 17th May Commentary And Summary Taken From The Book Of Psalm.

GOD SHINES FORTH    

God is perfect in beauty ~ we see this through creation. The earth, the sun, animals birds, insects, through His rule, and justice. 

 

PSALMS CHAPTERS 50, 73-74.    

PSALM 50   

(v.1-23) 

God is charging every nation: will you believe in me or not? And to every leader among the nations that enjoy sunshine, the presence of animals and insects; He is asking will you recognise and fear me in all your doings or not? — I am a God of justice therefore do justly among the inhabitants of the earth. 

  

I AM NOT HUNGRY though I covenant with you as you come to me with offerings and gifts.  I am a God of justice (v.6). 

I have the knowledge of every animal, even birds and insects. 

“ If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it.” v.12. 

  

GOD’S CHARGE AGAINST THE WICKED: 

Stop taking my words on your lips. You have no rights to my laws and covenant! (v.16). 

You join league with scammers, thieves, hackers, you turn from my precepts like jokers, and do evil, give fake witness, lie, slander and deceive.  Because I am slow to anger, you think I the LORD God approve of you, but now I accuse you (v.21). 

  

CONSIDER and repent or be destroyed (v.22). 

Honour for all bring thanks with offerings and salvation for the blameless (v.23). God will shine forth for the righteous.  

  

PSALM 73 

(1-28) 

WHY ENVY THE WICKED❓WHY ENVY THE ARROGANT❓ That will lead you to error   

They are mere fantasies. They are wide with their claims — they claim the earth and the heavens. Their evil imaginations have no limits. They scoff aiding corruption and embezzlement. They have zero regard for the things of God and God. 

God has set traps for them and all the wealth they amass. 

  

You can confess your ignorance like Asaph did, if you have lust for the wicked and or ignored the value of the justice God brings (v.16-22). 

  

There is hope for the believer in the now, and here after (v.24). 

 

AS FOR ME “whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire but you.  As for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the sovereign LORD my refuge, I will tell of all your deeds.” (v.25,28). 

Christ my all in ALL - together let’s make God our all in all. 

  

PSALM 74  v.1-23. 

WHEN GOD LOOKS AWAY 

When God looks away perhaps because of our sins, idolatry, witch craft, sorcery, heresy the foe win.  

(v.1-3) Yet we can repent and cry to God because of His covenant with our fathers of faith Abraham, Issac and Jacob; established in Christ even a superior covenant. And report the wickedness of the wicked to the LORD ALMIGHTY (v.4-8). 

We must quote their very words of mockery to God in prayers (v.10-11,18).  Then praise God, recount his wonders as your pray (v.12-23). 

Surely God will defend the cause of the righteous, and will not let the oppressed retreat in disgraced. 

  

NIGHT:  

God shines forth through justice, through his goodness manifesting in our lives, just as we see in creation. 

How do you want God to shine forth for you whom He has redeemed (50:2, 74:2). 

 

Day 136. 16th May Commentary

Posted on 16th May, 2024

Day 136. 16th May Commentary And Summary Taken From The Book Of Psalm.

HUMAN BEINGS

DAVID COMMENDS GOD. 

Humans are mere mortals!; David says as he commends God. They are frail and very temporal, as shadows here today and gone tomorrow!  He acknowledges God’s help is all that makes the difference; at work, or when up against the enemy. 

  

PSALM 144 

A LOVING GOD AND FORTRESS 

David does not downplay God’s input.  Wait and think for a minute; 

  • How does the invisible train the visible?:

Many have testified of been taught in dreams, hearing voices, seeing visions, been taught during exams, been given ideas and guided.  I can testify of being told what to do, what to say, what not to say and how to do things for the best outcomes since I was a teenager - Born-again. This happens especially when I pray to God about a difficult situation. 

   

v.1.  “Praise be to God, my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle”.  We should

praise and return glory to God this way. 

  

We are mere humans, limited in so many ways - yet God comes into our lives as a loving God, a fortress, a stronghold, deliverer, shield, a refuge who subdues our enemies. 

  

Ever wondered, what God can do for your sake to your enemies? then read verse 5-6.  And keep that in mind. 

 

Do whatever it takes to subdue the enemies, destroy them because of their manipulation, lies, deceit, and readiness to kill my soul; even my body. (v.7-11). 

DEFEATING OUR FOES GOD BLESSES US proclaimed by David: 

  

~ Blessings for our children - our sons and daughters because God cares (v.12). 

~ Blessing for our careers, our businesses, gardens, field and herds for farmers, our staff will be responsible and yield good outcomes for the organisation. ( v.13-14a ) 

~ Safety; our lives will be free from war and sorrow.  All this blessings are ours only if God is our LORD (v.14-15). 

  

PSALM 145 

EVERY GENERATION tells of you, so will I. 

Most worthy of praise is the LORD (v.3).  It is ok to note the good deeds of others and commend them or pass compliments. But prioritising God's praise is core; recognising Him as the Almighty, the LORD GOD, MOST WORHTY OF PRAISE.  David in this psalm sustains God’s praise on his lips as an individual ( v.1-21). 

  

v.1.  “ I will extol you, my God my king; I will praise your name for ever and ever” 

.....you are commended from Generation to Generation the splendour of your majesty, your abundant goodness is celebrated (v.4-7). 

  • The LORD is gracious and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy (love).
  • The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.

Are you been bowed down❓ The LORD will come through for you. 

  • The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

I will invest in God; loving Him is worth it! For: 

“He fulfils the desire of those who fear him, ... The LORD watches over all who love Him, ... let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.” v.19-21. 

  

PSALM 88 

This is a psalm by music leaders appointed by David ( One Year Chronological Bible p.551). 

  

Are you low,  feeling low, afflicted, pained, distressed, feeling dead or abandoned, do you look at yourself in the mirror and see pain, this psalm is for you, ancient leaders resonate. 

  

Do you want to be among those who declare God’s faithfulness? If so be persuasive — Pray; night and day (v.1,13).  God is not praised in the grave nor his wonders known in the dark — take this persuasive reasoning to God in prayers. (v.10-14). 

  

PSALM 89 

(v.1-52). 

MORE AWESOME THAN ALL WHO SURROUND HIM is the LORD our God. 

This is a praise, if you ever lack words to praise God deeply or wish to increase your thoughts of Him, read and re-read this psalm.  The good thing is that it also commands blessings and puts forth order in our circumstances. 

  • Order over negative circumstances and disruption (v.9)
  • Order against injustice, the arrogant, mighty, so that God and His great blessings will be made manifest. (v.6-8, 13-18).
  • Power to allow your dreams / divine visions which you’ve had come through and or you get new ones (v.19-23).

  

MY FATHER, MY GOD, MY SAVIOUR, God is all three (v.26).   Are you holding on to God’s covenant? It never fails (v.28). 

“But I will not take my love from Him,... I will not violate my covenant. Once have I sworn in my holiness — and I will not lie ..” (v.33-35). 

God does not lie! 

In all this we must respect this covenant and promise — as sin becomes an hindrance; it could causes delay. (v.30-32). 

  

Nevertheless, God does not break his covenant (v.34). 

  

If your experience is different from God’s covenanted blessings pray verses 46-52. 

“ How long LORD? Will you hide yourself forever? 

How long will your wrath burn like fire?  Remember how fleeting is my life ... LORD where is your former great love, which you swore to ( put your name here ) 

Remember LORD how I have been mocked, the taunts with which they have mocked every step of your anointed. 

Praise be to the LORD forever and ever! 

Amen and Amen.” 

  

NIGHT   

“And we know that all things God work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 829 Let’s relax in God’s care.

 

 

© 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 Toyin Ojo

 

Warmth,

Toyin Ojo

 

Day 135. 15th May Commentary

Posted on 11th May, 2024

Day 134. 14th May Commentary And Summary Taken From The Book Of Psalm.

NOT NAUGHTY.   

PSALM 131.  

v.1-3. 

So much seem to be happening to and around David he submits to God and urge the people to hope in him.  Our curiosity should have limit. “My heart is not proud, LORD, my eyes are not haughty;  I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me But I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child ..” v.1-2. 

  

PSALM 133  

1-3. 

The theme of this psalm of David is unity. 

Unity is likened to anointing.  Unity promotes divine outpouring of blessings and anointing. Division and friction hinders God. It refrains Him and his host.  In fact our offerings are not accepted if we have hate or malice in our hearts (Matthew 5:23-24). 

  

PSALM 138

This psalm is a praise, a plea, a contemplation and a prayer. 

Praise God openly; David made a pledge not to deny his faith.  We must stir up our most holy faith in

America, Asia, Africa, and especially in Europe, to freely profess who we are in Christ and encourage our children to do the same.  We must honour God’s decrees amongst us as Christians, only then can leaders turn to honour God’s decree — in doing justice (v.4-5). 

Let’s make Christianity enviable again, through our just living. 

  

Keep praying against your foes, please, David does consistently (v.7-8). 

PSALM 139 

I AM FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE; your works are wonderful 

I know that fully well (v.14). 

I am shaken yet proud of the kind of intimate knowledge God has of David as he describes it, but then that is true of everyone.  He knows you and I just as he knows David. 

God knows our sitting and rising, endeavours, triumph, failures, successes and challenges, He is there, in the sea, in the dark or sunshine; for darkness is as light to the LORD. Even before we were formed , He knew us already (v.13-16). 

  

David prays to the LORD against his enemies. I think that if we take the enemies often to God in prayers; there will be a lot of peace in our world.  Let’s stop retaliating or struggling with the wicked. Let’s emulate David. 

  

SEARCH ME OH GOD; is a good prayer to pray. It enables divine corrections secretly, rather than having to deal with error or open mistake. 

  

PSALM 140 

EVILDOERS at it again. 

David speaks to God — seeking divine intervention.  He reports that they devise evil plan, they set traps, they are violent, proudly they rear their heads   “May the mischief of their lips engulf them.” v.9. 

v.12.  “I know that He secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.” 

v.13.  “Surely the righteous will praise you.” 

  

PSALM 141 v.1-10 

FOREVER AGAINST EVILDOERS 

David eschews evil and their doers.  Unless we are conditioned like this our prayer is not set as incense before God — because God and his angels would ignore our petitions. “Do not allow my heart to be drawn to evil so that I take part in wicked deeds....” v.4. 

  

(v.5-10) 

He continues to ask God for protection against the snares, and traps of the evildoers. 

Even the LORD JESUS did not neglect this as he taught us to pray (Matthew 6:13). 

  

PSALM 143 

(v.1-12) 

NO ONE LIVING IS RIGHTEOUS BEFORE YOU, for this reason David cry’s for mercy and rescue.  Like David expressed tiredness. We could get fed up of the scheme and markings of foes. 

“So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed ... Rescue me from my enemies LORD ... Teach me to do your will” v.4,9. 

Against all odds again David seeks to do the will of God, he abandons the worry and threats of the wicked. Asking to learn of God (v.10). 

 

 

NIGHT: 

Make a commitment to pray against your foes rather than plot a revenge or to attack. Jesus thought us to pray to be rescued from evil (Matthew 5:13).  David prayed against his foes. 

Assignment: Bookmark a few of David's Psalms on this kind of prayer. 

 

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Toyin Ojo

Day 134. 14th May Commentary

Posted on 11th May, 2024

Day 134. 14th May Commentary And Summary Taken From The Book Of Psalm.

STEADFASTNESS BOTH WAYS.   

  

I find that steadfastness is both ways in today’s chapters, between David and God.  David stirs up his heart to consider the doings of God and therefore commit to praise him.  And unless we are geared with such resoluteness we aren’t likely gonna find reasons to continue to praise God.  You might find yourself afflicted by the - Why Me? Syndrome, Comparison or your soul afflicted by Self-Pity! 

  

PSALM 103 

v.1-22. 

GOD IS STEADFAST AND I WILL BE. 

David saw and focused his depths on God’s steadfastness. He deliberately turns his being to consider, and rejoice in the benefits of the LORD which include but not limited to: forgiveness, healing, redemption, crowns of — love & compassion, material blessings, strength, uniqueness, individuality, distinct skills, the gift of righteousness, justice, divine revelation & divine relationship, tenderness, his faith in us, trust, regard, consideration, preservation, stability, and his sovereignty on our side. 

v.1. Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 

v.8. The LORD is compassionate and gracious slow to anger, abounding in love. 

v.14. For he knows how we are formed, ... 

  

v.19-22 

“The LORD has established his throne in the heaven, and his kingdom rule over all. 

We can praise God with his heavenly host. 

Praise the LORD, you his angels, .. 

Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts, .. 

Praise the LORD, all his works, everywhere in his dominion. 

Praise the LORD, my soul.” 

  

PSALM 108 

MY HEART CAN BE STEADFAST   

From this psalm we could become steadfast - learn to be steadfast with God.  David tells us how. 

  • DEVOTION: Make steadfast your heart by singing and making music WITH YOUR SOUL.
  • Use instruments - learn to use an instrument or two at least the timbrel - find one in the percussion family.
  • You can also train your voice for His sake. Wow! How great is that.
  • Be public - sing & tell of your love for him and his greatness - acknowledge God.

Let’s praise the LORD who parcels out Shechem. Who gives us an inheritance and makes us his inheritance. 

  

v.8. “Gilead is mine, Manasseh mine;

Ephraim is my Helmet 

Judah is my scepter.” 

We need God on our side to defeat our foes.  David acknowledged, human help as worthless but God gives the victory (v.11-13). 

  

PSALM 109 

ARE YOU A MAN OR A WOMAN OF PRAYER❓ 

Pray because of the wicked and deceitful — against their lying tongues, hateful words, hateful acts, repaying evil for good, disdain for friendship, cursing, hounding the poor to death, pray - all of verse 6-20 could become theirs for their wicked ways. “In turn for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer.... He found no pleasure in blessing — may it be far from him.” v.4,17b. 

  

Yet we pray to the sovereign LORD; clinging to His name, unfailing LOVE and decree “With my mouth I will greatly extol the LORD; in the great throng of worshipers I will  praise him. For he stands at the right hand of the needy, to save their lives from those who would condemn them.” (v.30-31). 

Do you know that your social media profiles and or pages are a great congregation of witness — praise him there - will you?! 

  

PSALM 110 

(v.1-7) 

RULE IN THE MIST OF YOUR ENEMIES    

Do you know there is one greater than you? Who is with you, your help!  He prepares a troop for you! 

“Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power” v.3a. 

  

PSALM 122 

v.1-9 

UNITY, TOGETHERNESS AND PRAISE, authenticity, genuineness in this love is the beauty of faith - Christianity.  Let us seek this kind of purity in our love and togetherness. 

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‘I rejoiced with those who said to me, “ let us go to the house of the LORD.”’ v.1. 

“..Peace be within you, dwell safely, may you abound” v.7-9. 

  

PSALM 124 

Hey, the Devil held nothing back, nothing! He wanted to swallow us up alive, their rage was perfect, but praise God! He created a barrier against the raging waters. 

“We have escaped like a bird from the fowler’s snare; the snare is broken, and we are escaped. 

Our help is in the name of the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.” v.7-8. 

We are escaped because we know the name of our LORD and we honour that. 

 

 

NIGHT:  

How steadfast are you at engaging your whole being to praise God?  It is better to find reasons to be joyful and thankful at all times. Psalm 103:1-2. 

Don’t allow your mind to forget his goodness.  Do not trivialize God’s presence in your life.  

 

 

 

© 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 Toyin Ojo

 

Warmth,

Toyin Ojo

Day 133. 13th May Commentary

Posted on 11th May, 2024

Day 133. 13th May Commentary And Summary Taken From The Book Of Psalm.

GOD ARISE.   

PSALM 68 

David tells of what happens when God arise (v.1-6) — 

  

  • foes flee & the wicked perish.
  • The righteous is glad & rejoice before God, they are happy and joyful.
  • He occupies the place of Dad for the fatherless. Note that Fatherless is different from Godless!
  • He defends the widows. Been Husband-less creates a vacancy which the Almighty God occupies as a defender.
  • He picks up the lonely — disregarded, humbled, separated, isolated, deserted, destitute, desolate, afflicted, divorced, overlooked.
  • Even the prisoners (because some are locked up unjustly or have repented) he frees them and they sing God’s songs of deliverance. But the rebellious cannot have His help.

  

(v.7-23) 

AND IT IS THE GOD THAT COVENANTS AT SINAI and does great wonders, giving great reward.  So much good women talk and sing. He even does good when we are unaware, He takes the heads and sits of kings. 

“Praise be to the LORD, to God our saviour, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves; from the sovereign LORD comes escape from death.” (v.19-20). 

  

(v.24-31) 

A WARNING When The Women Of Israel Sing!  Ancient history portray the women of Israel have quiet strength; but they are there.  When they talk or sing in public you know it is significant.  When they participate and officiate in public it is memorable. David calls forth order, God, praise and power. (v.24-30). 

  

THE ANCIENT HEAVENS 

He reigns in the highest heights, the ancient heavens. Let’s sing His praise!  His majesty is over Israel [that is His people; the believers]. 

Praise be to God (v.32-35). 

  

PSALM 69 

WORN OUT 

(v.1-12). Oh there goes David again with his heart cry - outpouring of anguish!  Well if you haven’t learnt to deal with fear, anguish, foes - their acts, their scorn, lying, trials, adversity, your weaknesses, consequences of your folly, guilt, depression like this, then you are still in the nursery school of faith. 

You will be carrying open wounds about hurting other people. 

(v.13-21). 

Don’t Carry Open Wounds About Damaging and hurting your relationships.  Talk to God about it. 

And Please, pray for your foes like this - like David did in this verses v.22-28. Do not depend on your own strength and or knowledge in dealing with your foes - reporting them to the LORD of Host - To the LORD ALMIGHTY, SHADDAI is best. 

  

THE LORD WILL HEAR ME 

I will sing unto Him and those who love God will abide (v.29-36). 

  

PSALM 70 

A CRY FOR HELP AGAIN! 

Beloved sisters and brothers in Christ here is another cry to God for help from David.  Do not be weary in crying to God for help.  The haters seek his life, some want his shame — that pressure is too much for anybody!  I certainly cry like this from time to time.  You may pray like this too. “ ... make haste O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O LORD make no tarrying.” (v.5). 

  

PSALM 86 

Hear My Prayer LORD Honour My Faith And Trust In You.  Have mercy and bring joy.  I ask because your love is unfathomable.  I call to you.  Do this for me then Nations will bow down before you (v.113). 

“Among the gods there is non like unto thee, O LORD; neither are there any works like unto thy works. For thou art great, and doest wondrous things; thou art God alone.” (v.8,10). 

  

NOW IT’S THE ARROGANT Vs THE GRACIOUS GOD (v.14-17). 

“ The arrogant foes are attacking me, O God; ... But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Turn to me and have mercy on me; show your strength on behalf of your servant; save me, because I serve you ... Give me a sign of your goodness, ... you help and comfort me.” 

  

PSALM 101 

A VOW  

A vow of conduct. Do you ever think you could establish a vow based on your pledge to live right? To lead a blameless life? David did. 

And we all know how true God proved to be in David’s life. 

  

NIGHT: 

For further reflection; 

If you do not know the ways of God, you cannot rely on his faithfulness. 

“Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” 86:11. 

 

 

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Warmth,

Toyin Ojo