Make The Lord Your Trust, Evans Olang

Psalm 40:1-4, “Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his Trust”

People come before God to pray to Him about different things for they are fully persuaded that He is their refuge and strength. Where you are fully convinced that if the Lord does not come through for you, you are destined to fail. If you are like me, you may find it hard to wait for what you have prayed for and know what God’s will is for the situation you are in. This verse in Hebrews sheds light clearly and I will use it to set the ball rolling. Hebrews 10:35&36, “Cast not therefore your confidence which has great recompense of reward, for you are in need of patience that after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise” Continue reading

Persevering While Waiting, Evans Olang

Psalm 40:1-4, “Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his Trust”, Hebrews 10:35&36, “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised” (NIV)

This verse ties with the next few verses we will look at. Psalm 40:1, “I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, and heard my cry”. The word wait has different meanings, sitting down waiting for someone or something is one meaning, the other means busy doing something for others (serving). Waiters wait on people in restaurants. I believe this is what the Psalmist is telling us that he patiently served the Lord (waiting) while petitioning his needs before Him. In his faithfulness in serving, the Lord was able to hear his cry and attend to Him. “…Cast not your confidence which has great recompense of reward” Not confidence in man or self, confidence in God who we cry out to. Continue reading

Open Your Mouth Wide, And I Will Fill It, Evans Olang

Psalm 81:10,”I am the LORD your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it”.

There are those times when things are not going on well in your life; the first question I suspect runs through your mind, “What did I do wrong?” Those are the times you begin to trace back to what might have happened to have brought you to this condition. When you are sick and go to the doctor, what do they do? They run some tests on you and ask you about your family health history. The doctor is trying to see where what you have could have started from. And if one of your family members had/have it, the conclusion would be, most probably that is where you may have inherited it from. Continue reading

Psalm 23: The Divine Shepherd, 1of6, Evans Olang

Psalm 23:1-6, vs. 1” The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

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Psalm 23 is one of the most quoted Psalm especially in difficult times. Many of David’s psalms are full of complaints, but this is full of comforts, and the expressions of delight in God’s great goodness and dependence upon Him. In this Psalm, David pictures the Lord not as a doctor or lawyer or employer, he pictures the Lord as a Shepherd, something he was once. He draws from his experience in tending to the sheep where he would do anything for his sheep and in this reality trusting the Lord to be to him what he was to his sheep, a shepherd. Continue reading

Psalm 23: The Divine Shepherd, 2of6, Evans Olang

Psalm 23:2, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters”

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We take comfort in knowing that as believers we are cared for. Even in those times when it seems all hell is breaking loose, we “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” Philippians 1:6
We see this clearly stated in the 2nd verse of Psalm 23, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures;…” Remember the Israelites had what they needed right in the desert where nothing grows. God provided for them, God sustained them. We have the supports and comforts of this life from God’s good hand, our daily bread from Him as our Father. Of course there is more to it than our physical needs. If anything, His daily Word ought to be the green pasture we should focus on, to feed on and to rest on His promises. Continue reading

Psalm 23: The Divine Shepherd, 3of6, Evans Olang

Psalm 23:3, “He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake”

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A believer has three stages of life, Justification, Sanctification and Glorification. Justification and Glorification are God does for us, Sanctification is what God does in us. Justification means being saved from the Penalty of sin, from the demands of the law (God’s wrath). While sanctification is being saved from the Power of sin. Glorification is being saved from the Presence of sin.
Believers are currently in the stage of sanctification (purification), where God is working in us. It’s the pruning process and the Jeremiah 18 experience in the potter’s house. Continue reading

Psalm 23: The Divine Shepherd, 4of6, Evans Olang

Psalm 23:4, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” 

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This journey of life calls for nomadic type of people. Nomads are communities of people who move from one place to another, rather than settling permanently in one location. We talk about “walking with the Lord”, it calls us to be nomads because the Lord is not stagnant or stationed in one place, neither should we.

In this walk we constantly draw strength from Him. In this journey like the Psalmist, we may “walk through the valley of the shadow of death”. Mark that it does not say “walk in” but “walk through” that is, though you may be in peril of death, in the midst of danger, deep as a valley, dark as a shadow, and dreadful; though you are under the arrest of death, and have received the sentence of death within yourself, and have all the reason in the world to look upon yourself as a dying person yet you are at ease fearing no evil for He is with you right where you are. Continue reading

Psalm 23: The Divine Shepherd, 5of6, Evans Olang

Psalm 23:5, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over” 

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Where there is good be sure evil will be present too. There is always the opposing side. Our Savior was opposed and rejected, we are not in anyway better than our Savior to escape them. We too will face opposition because a righteous man has enemies. He would not be like his Lord if did not face some of the things the Lord faced.

If we were without enemies we might fear that we were not the friends of God, for the friendship of the world is enmity to God.

Our blessed Savior is not intimidated by what is happening in the world, He still prepares the good unto His people and set’s it right in the presence of their enemies. We are not to be afraid to enjoy the abundant blessings He bestows upon us. Continue reading

Psalm 23: The Divine Shepherd, 6of6, Evans Olang

Psalm 23:6, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever” 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Psalm 23:6 KJV

Anyone can start a journey, it matters a lot how you finish. I notice the way David begins strong and finishes strong. We see his hopes rise, and his faith is strengthened, by being exercised. Observe what he promises himself, “goodness and mercy”.

All the streams of mercy flowing from the fountain, pardoning mercy, protecting mercy, sustaining mercy, supplying mercy will follow him as he lives in obedience according to the One who has called him. He knows his total dependency is on God of host. There is nothing he can do of himself but trust and obey. Continue reading