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Psalm 121

Psalm 121 (NIV)
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

Swiftly Answered Prayer

While driving up to my hometown, I was suddenly tailgated at a high speed (60mph or so) and the truck seemed very close. I couldn’t turn out of the way since there were cars on my left. He continued to tailgate me for a while. When there were space for me to turn right, but was prevented by doing so as he turned right quickly and passed me. As he was passing me, he decided to cut me off and could’ve hit me if I didn’t slow down immediately. As I slowed down immediately to avoid being hit, I received a very hostile look and gesture. I felt evil and hostility so strongly. I prayed to God and asked Him for protection from this evil and for justice. I mentioned that I will not receive this curse from him. I also asked for strength to forgive him and for him to learn from his mistake. My thoughts were racing, I asked for so many things at once – to have proper response, to have a clean heart, to ask for justice (hoping that police will pull him over), protection, to forgive, not to curse him, for him to learn his lesson, to rebuke evil I received, to take refuge in His love, etc..

Guess what?

He was pulled over by two police cars about 30-45 minutes later as I passed him by. I thanked God profusely for He has provided justice and the fact that He always watch over me. I felt relieved and also watched myself to make sure I didn’t rejoice too much. Just that he needed to learn his lesson and hopefully stop doing that in the future. The following scripture came to mind –

Proverb 24:17-18 (NIV)
17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls;
when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,
18 or the Lord will see and disapprove
and turn his wrath away from them.

God does protect HIS LOVED ONES! He is jealous and very protective!! Take refuge under His wings, He will watch over you!

Psalm 105:15 (NIV)
15 “Do not touch my anointed ones;
do my prophets no harm.”

Psalm 91:14-15 (NIV)
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.

Don’t put God in our own man-made box

We must strive for the truth and accurate understanding of what God intended to tell us. We cannot put God in our own man-made box of thinking. There has been many people who put up complicated theology, intriguing imaginations, and man-made rules that people must follow! They are like the Pharisees of the old – the one whom have myriad of rules. They think by possessing the right rules, having royal bloodline (the Jews), and having Abraham as their father that they are saved. Instead they burden people with cumbersome rules that no one can live up to. It is only by God’s grace and mercy that we are saved.

They will tell you that they are right and everyone else are wrong. But once people profess they have all the answer and the knowledge, they stop learning. Their mind is closed to further inquiry and additional learning. How can they learn more if they are assured they have the answers? I can point out some examples, some people who believe their church only possesses the correct ‘truth’, correct ‘theology’ and that everyone else is wrong. Some believe their bible translation is the only correct one, and others are not as ‘pure.’ (Whenever translating from one language to another, something get lost in the process. It could be the meaning, the context, or combination of both. This is why when we study the bible, we should not rely on only one translation but several translations and also to dig deep in the Word. Not only that, I do believe that Holy Spirit will speak to our heart regardless of any limitation translation may have.)

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting we should adopt moral relativism (which is a philosophy that suggests there is no truth, instead it is only relative depending on a person’s perspective). There are only one Truth, and only one way to God – that is through the blood of Christ. If we are to learn the truth, we must remain humble and be open to God’s voice. Sometimes pride could get in the way of hearing God’s gentle whisper because we have a man-made idea of what ought to be rather than the actual reality and the way God see it.

We should be of one body and one mind. He was not divided just as the churches are! These days, there are too many divisions in the churches. They are divided because we haven’t given up ourselves over to God. There are pride, quarreling, judgmental attitudes, those who water down God’s sacred word, and more! This is not what God intended. We must be of one mind, one in Christ. We can only do this if we decrease in Self and let Christ increase in ourselves so we can remain in Truth.