28/1/11 Exodus 21-22; Psalm 12; Acts 4
S: Psalm 12:5,7-8 The Lord replies, “I have seen violence done to the helpless, and I have heard the groans of the poor. Now I will rise up to rescue them, as they have longed for me to do.” ... Therefore, Lord, we know you will protect the oppressed, preserving them forever from this lying generation, even though the wicked strut about, and evil is praised throughout the land.
O: David wrote this under the reign of King Saul. King Saul had been chosen and anointed by God, but he had strayed from God’s path and become an evil and unjust king. He became jealous of David and was trying to kill him even though David had not done anything wrong.
David felt despair at the unjust situation, but kept praying to God for justice to prevail. He trusted that God would eventually bring justice, even though it seemed unlikely at the moment.
A: Today we live in a Malaysia ruled by a corrupt UMNO-led BN. The few good people in BN can’t do much against the huge tide of evil. Many people despair that anything can be done and just either keep their heads down or emigrate.
But God has called us to our Jerusalem, our Judea & Samaria. We are to be witnesses here first, before the utmost parts of the earth. If we just emigrate to Australia or something, unless God calls us for the sake of the Gospel, we are putting other priorities like wealth and job opportunities above the Gospel.
So unless God calls us to go – and we go out of right motives to share the Gospel in an even more spiritually needy land – we must continue to stay here in Malaysia and work and pray for Malaysia. Let us not despair that evil and corruption will forever reign here. 150 years ago, they were killing Christians in Korea. Today, South Korea is a thriving democracy and mission-sending nation.
Christians were a major force for resisting the Japanese and for democracy in Korea. They were salt and light, not just in “heavenly” matters, but also as a positive influence on society.
P: Father, redeem Malaysia! Bring down those in power who are corrupt and unjust. Raise up a new government which will be faithful to Your ways. Ya Allahku, nyatakn kemuliaanMu! Ya Allahku, nyatakan curahan kuasaMu di tanah tercinta Negara Malaysia! Kuberdoa Malaysia penuh kemuliaanMu! Malaysia bagi kemuliaanMu! Sampai setiap lutut bertelut, semua lidah mengaku Yesus dialah Tuhan, Raja segala raja!