The reason for Lo-Ruhamah
God asked prophet Hosea to name his daughter Lo-Ruhamah
to signify the end of His love for the Northern Kingdom of Israel (Hos.
1:6). But why
would God no longer love His people whereas His love is irrevocable?
(Rom. 11:25). God withdrew His love from them because they forsook
Him (2 Chron. 7:19-22; cf Jer. 9:12-16). This is consistent with God’s
nature and justice. His irrevocable love is applicable to those who acknowledge
and obey no other than Him (2 Chron. 7:19-22; 2 Chron. 15:1-2; cf Jer.
9:12-16; 1 Kgs 6:11-13). The principle is the same for all generations.
God does not change like shifting shadows (Jam. 1:17). The Lord abandons
only those who themselves have abandoned Him (2 Chron. 5:1-2; 2 Chron.
7:19-22; 1 Kgs. 6:11-13; Jer. 9:12-16). No one can retain His love by
forsaking Him. We can only keep His love by acknowledging and obeying
Him fully (see 1 Kgs 6:11-13; 2 Chron. 15:1-2).
PRAYER: 1. Father, please enable me to obey you and
be faithful to you fully.
2. Father, please keep me from ever forsaking you.
The Lord deserves our praises always
The psalmist states here how he praises God (Ps. 145:1-2). According
to him, he praises him for ever and ever every day (Ps. 145:1-2). This
means that he never fails to praise God every day of his life (Ps.
145:1-2; Ps. 34:1; Ps. 63:4). The Lord is indeed worthy of regular,
praise (see Rev. 4:8). This is the kind of praise His angels give Him
(Rev. 4:8; Rev. 7:11-12). This is how we ought to praise Him today.
Inconsistent praise is unworthy of Him. Only regular, consistent praise
of Him. If we are not praising Him always, it means that we are not
praising Him as He deserves (see Rev. 4:8). It is only when we praise
that we are praising Him as He deserves. No circumstance whatever must
be allowed to stop our praises to Him (see 1 Thess. 5:18).
PRAYER: 1. Father, please enable me to praise you
2. Father, please let no circumstance of any kind ever stop me from
Our responsibility during trouble and grief
According to this passage, while God has the responsibility to help
and care for the afflicted, the fatherless, and the helpless, they
in turn have a responsibility
to commit themselves and their cases to Him (Ps. 10:14). The help or care of
God will take effect as the victims of affliction or trouble commit themselves
and their problems to Him (Ps. 10:14). If the victim of affliction or trouble
does not commit himself and his case to God, he will not find Him the refuge
and an ever present help that He is (Ps. 46:1). Therefore, we who are the victims
of affliction or trouble must commit ourselves and our cases to Him to receive
His help and refuge. God’s help and refuge for the victims of affliction
or trouble are available if they commit themselves and their cases to Him (see
Matt. 7:7-8). Victims of affliction or trouble who commit themselves and their
cases to God will never be disappointed (Rom. 10:11).
PRAYER: 1. Father, please enable me to commit all
my troubles and afflictions to you
2. Father, please be my help always.
God is surpassing in His greatness
According to the psalmist, God is most worthy of praise because of
His greatness (Ps. 145:3). In fact, to the psalmist, no one can fathom
(Ps. 145:3). God is indeed the great God (Deut. 10:17; 1 Chron. 29:11; Ps. 95:3;
Ps. 96:4). Greatness is His being and attribute (Deut. 10:17; 1 Chron. 29:11;
Ps. 95:3; Ps. 96:4). His greatness is indeed surpassing and beyond measure (Ps.
150:2; Ps. 77:13). His greatness means there is none like Him (Ps. 18:31), that
no one can stand before Him (cf. Ps. 76:7) or before us (Jos. 1:5; Jos. 10:8),
and that nothing is impossible with Him (Lk. 1:37). It also means we are serving
the sovereign God (Ps. 95:3). With His greatness, His children have no basis
whatever to be afraid (Ps. 23:4; Ps. 27:1-3; Ps. 46:1-3). He will not fail to
bring His greatness to bear on every matter concerning His children. We can count
on seeing and experiencing His greatness in all our affairs if we belong to Him
PRAYER: 1. Father, please enable me to acknowledge,
worship, and serve you alone
as the only great God.
2. Father, please bring your greatness to bear in every matter concerning
The Lord is gracious and compassionate
In this passage, the psalmist presents God as the gracious and compassionate
one, slow to anger and rich in Love (Ps. 145:8-9). This is quite true of
God. He is indeed the gracious and compassionate one (Ps. 86:15; Ps. 103:8-14;
9:35-36; Matt. 14:14; Matt. 15:32). His compassion is universal (Ps. 145:9;
Ps. 86:5). Therefore, everyone is entitled to it (cf. Lk. 2:10-12; Jn.
is ready and willing to forgive and show mercy to anyone who returns to
Him (Prov. 28:13; 2 Chron. 30:9; Acts 2:38-39; Acts 3:19-20). He takes no pleasure
sinner’s death but rather that he turns from his ways to Him and live (see
Ezek. 33:11). Then let us take advantage of His graciousness, compassionateness,
slowness to anger and richness in love (Ps. 103:8-14) and return to Him for mercy
and forgiveness (2 Chron. 30:9; Acts 2:38-39; Acts 3:19-20). It is unreasonable
for anyone to perish in his sin when God’s grace and compassion are still
outstanding (Rev. 3:20).
PRAYER: 1. Father, please let your grace and compassion
be my portion.
2. Father, please enable me to turn to you for grace and compassion.
1 Tim. 1:3-4
The danger of false teachings
Why must Timothy remain in Ephesus to confront false teachers and their
teachings? It is because false teachings pose a real and serious danger
to the faith.
In Paul’s own words, they promote controversies than God’s work (1 Tim.
1:3-4). This is to say that they serve no useful or eternal purpose (1 Tim. 1:3-4;
2 Tim. 2:14). They serve any purpose but that of God (1 Tim. 1:3-4; 2 Tim. 2:14).
This is the characteristic of all false teachings. Therefore, since false teachings
serve the devil’s purpose than God’s, their teachers and teachings
must be combatted. Believers must have nothing whatever to do with false teachers
and their teachings (1 Tim. 4:7). We must not condone or tolerate or patronise
or support it in any manner whatsoever. To do so would amount to undermining
God’s work and purpose for our lives.
PRAYER: 1. Father, please give me knowledge, wisdom,
revelation of the truth of your word.
2. Father, please keep me from all false teachings and errors.
God alone sustains all living things
Here the psalmist affirms another important work or activity of God
(Ps. 145:15-16). According to him, God is the one who provides
for all living
He does this faithfully (Ps. 145:15), and graciously (Ps. 145:16).
This is completely true of God. All living things depend on Him for
sustenance (see Gen. 1:29-30;
Matt. 6:26). If He withholds His provision, there is starvation or
This is His fatherly responsibility (see 1 Pet. 5:7). It is His nature
or attribute to fulfil this responsibility (see Gen. 1:29-30; Matt.
one else can
fulfil this responsibility except God. Therefore, we can look up to
Him for our needs (1 Pet. 5:7). In Him we have a gracious and faithful
And we can
count on His fatherly and gracious nature. With Him, there is no need
to worry about what to eat, drink, or wear (see Matt. 6:25-33).
He has even
to provide much more abundantly to those who obey Him (see Deut. 28:1-14;
We should be thankful to Him for His faithful sustenance.
PRAYER: 1. Father, please sustain me.
2. Father, please enable me to look up to you alone to sustain me.