What do you boast of?

Psalm 52

Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero?
Why do you boast all day long,
you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
You who practice deceit,
your tongue plots destruction;
it is like a sharpened razor.
You love evil rather than good,
falsehood rather than speaking the truth.[c]
You love every harmful word,
you deceitful tongue!

Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent;
he will uproot you from the land of the living.
The righteous will see and fear;
they will laugh at you, saying,
“Here now is the man
who did not make God his stronghold
but trusted in his great wealth
and grew strong by destroying others!”

But I am like an olive tree
flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
for ever and ever.
For what you have done I will always praise you
in the presence of your faithful people.
And I will hope in your name,
for your name is good.

The psalm we have read is about the blessedness of the children of God.

Si FPJ ang tinaguriang hari ng pelikula sa Pilipinas. Hindi man po ako fan ng tagalong movies ay hinangaan ko din si FPJ gaya ng maraming Pilipino. Pero marahil, hindi lamang ang pag- arte ni FPJ ang dahilan kung bakit malapit sa kanya ang mga tao kundi naniniwala po ako na ito ay dahil sa tema na tinatalakay sa kanyang mga pelikula. Kung saan sa una naaapi ang mga maliliit, ang mga mahihirap at tila walang pag-asa laban sa mga masasamang loob pero sa huli, nananaig ang kabutihan at nananalo ang mga mabubuti.

The same pattern can be seen comparing the theme of the movies to a believer’s life, based from the passage we read. In this life, we experience daily troubles, persecution and struggles whereas the evildoers seemingly are enjoying with their evil schemes to their advantage and our affliction.

Firstly, as young adults either involve in business or employment, we experienced persecution and are affected with unfair practices in this world.  Have you been coldly mistreated by your colleagues for disagreeing with their wrongdoings? Or they call you a “sip-sip” for reporting malpractices in your office? Or they are distant to you because they consider you ‘killjoy” for not hanging- out with them or going along with their “green-jokes” and naughty conversations? That even your promotion or salary raise is hindered because you did not exchange your Sabbath to overtime at work. I think we can all agree that we experienced these things and we felt during those times that we are alone and they see us as the minority unhappy employees.

Secondly, as businessmen and women, our basis for doing business go beyond the norms of the business world as we are commanded to be submissive entirely to God’s Word. Wherein, as we do business acceptable to God, our unbelieving business rivals go their own way or compromise to close a deal. We see that they easily succeed in building their own empire and earn more than we do, that at one point in our lives, we are tempted as well to compromise.

And brethren, this leads us to the third point, which I think is the hardest struggle of all, when seemingly the sinful man in us rules over the changed man. The seasons in our lives when the persecution is within, and we cannot sing the line, “greater is He whose living in me than He that is in the world”, when we give in to temptations. I could just imagine the ruler of this world taunting us saying, “nasa akin pa rin ang huling halakhak”. And we ask, is it really true that evil wins?

Praise God brethren! Because we all know the answer to that last question, to begin with, there is no battle between the devil and our God because even them that afflicts us were subject to our powerful, holy, just and loving God.

Remember Job who was tested by the enemy? And yet it was not so without God’s permission. And in verse 5 of our passage, it was made clear that the destiny of the evildoers is nothing but destruction at walang makakapigil sa Panginoon, not even their wealth, not even their mansions or their armies, God will uproot them and they cannot return when judgment comes to them. And God- willing, we might see that happen, antay- antay lang tayo and trust that our God is a just God, He will not let the guilty go unpunished.

Praise God even more brethren, because if there is a curse for the unrighteous, there is a blessing for the righteous or the believers of our Lord Jesus Christ. For us who trusts in the steadfast love of God, we will be like a green olive tree in the house of God. What a great comfort it is! Although we may feel that para tayong puno na napabayaan sa kalsada when we look at ourselves in this world, subalit hindi po pala, because God is actually taking care of us and we are safe in His house. He waters us daily, with His outpouring of grace and mercy. He prunes us daily, removing the unnecessary branches and leaves, which maybe are people, opportunities, careers, or idols in our hearts that are hindering us from growing into Christ-likeness. Sometimes He cultivates our soils, we undergo trials that we feel we are shaken, for us to be more rooted and immersed in His Word. And lastly, He loves us that He planted us in His house, not far from His sight and be with Him daily as we grow.

With that brethren, let us thank the Lord forever because of what He has done, and as we wait for His coming, let us have a foretaste of eternity in our worship tonight.



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