Listen to My Cry for Mercy

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 86:3-17 Jesus says there are two ways of trying to approach God. One, like the Pharisee, who tells God about his goodness, thinking God will surely bless such a wonderful person as he. Or like the publican, who cries out, “God be merciful to me a sinner.” Jesus says it is the latter and not the former who goes home justified, that is, right with God. Like the Pharisee so many people think they have earned the …

Do It Again

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 85:1-13 In the past God had renewed the life of Israel (v. 1). Now the Psalmist says, “Restore us again, O God our Savior” (v. 4). The history of the church in America has seen spiritual decline and then renewal. Historians identify the Great Awakening and the Second Awakening during which noon-day prayer meetings were started by a Reformed Church layman in New York City which eventually spread across the country. “Do it again, Lord!” Bring revival …

Worship With Emotion and Heart

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 84:1-12 People go to church for various reasons. Some go because they are forced to go by parents or spouse. Some go out of habit. Some go because Grandpa will be looking to see if they are there. Some go to help their business. The Psalmist went because he loved it! “My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God” (v. 2). The last …

When to Pray Boldly

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 83:1-5, 13-18 Godly persons in Bible times were very reverent. Yet they also prayed with great boldness. In the first verses of this Psalm, the author is saying essentially, “God, your enemies are busy, you had better get busy too.” They also identified themselves with God (vv. 4,5). One is reminded of how Jesus describes Paul’s persecution of believers as persecuting him. Believers are the body of Christ; attacks on the church are attacks against God. The …

Accountability Before God

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 82:1-8 God evaluates our unfair actions and our partiality. He carries out his judgments constantly. We may find his ways difficult to understand because we see so much injustice in the world (v. 2). The Psalmist cries out for God to carry out his judgments on behalf of oppressed people. So many of us live in such comfort and isolation that we forget the millions who are oppressed. May God act mightily on their behalf. Let us …

Listen

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 81:1-14 In verse 8, we read, “If you would but listen to me.” In verse 11, “My people would not listen to me.” In verse 13, “If my people would but listen to me.” God expects unbelievers not to listen to him, but what grieves him is when his own people do not listen. We need to ask ourselves if we are really listening to God. What is he saying to us, that we should listen? We …