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Today's Reading: Psalm 114
Please read Psalm 114 and listen to what the Lord Jesus Christ would like to tell you before reading my Spiritual Journal below. If you would like to learn a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method please read my “Count Down 5” from this blog. You may click this link directly for the method: Subject Shifting Devotion.pdf. (You may begin with a song to praise the Lord and complete you devotion by singing another praise song.)
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我的心你要稱頌耶和華 Praise the Lord, O My Soul
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Please click the links below to Psalm 114:
Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turns the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of water.
Psalm 114: 7-8
What I received from Jesus today is: I wish we can tremble at the presence of the Lord!
Can you remember any example that you trembled? May be you have never trembled before. Usually when we face with some serious life and death situation we'll tremble. But, for those people in the Old Testament "fear of the Lord" and "tremble at the presence of the Lord" was very, very important. It shows their obedience and faithfulness.
I remember when I was in the seminary(Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary, Wisconsin USA)my Old Testament professor, Rev. Dr. Joseph Ignatius Hunt brought our class to a synagogue two times. When three Rabi prepared to get the scroll inside the veil(curtain) to read they stood in front of the veil and trembled for a few minutes. All three together! It was quite a moment for us to understand what did trembling at the presence of the Lord meant!
Let's try to learn this important concept "fear of the Lord', "tremble at the presence of the Lord" so that we have a new experience of the presence of the Lord!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to experience the power of trembling at the presence of you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
**Two days ago(Sunday) Michelle and I were having lunch with our church choir members. Our Music Director, Edmund Cheung said, "Silas, I understand what you said about the best thing in last night's Schola Cantorum Emmanuel's concert was "life". I really experienced a powerful outburst of life in all of us when we sang especially when we sang "Hallelujah" and "Worthy is the Lamb/ Amen"." Yes, it was indeed a powerful concert yesterday night. Please click the two links in this post to listen to how we praise God yesterday. The recording was just taken from a small camera and not a good recording. I'll give you the link of our official recording once Andy Li is done for the whole concert. Don't know when yet.
When we praise the Lord like that spirit in this psalm we will know the "life" and power right away of the joy we received when we praise Him! All of our Schola members and those who attended yesterday's(Saturday's) concert felt the same way that we were richly blessed when we richly praised our Lord!
Thanks to our son Ignatius who took a wonderful and powerful photo of me capturing the "life" in this concert and with his comment on his face book:
Live fully. Live passionately.
You know that feeling when you do something you love, and time seems to stand still?
It's not quite clear, but you've lost in the moment of it.
Congrats to Schola Cantorum for singing Handel's Messiah today!
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我知誰掌管明天I Know Who Hold The Future
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Prayer items today:
Bishop: Rt. Rev. Silas Ng (Michelle)
Network Leader: Rev. Peter Klenner (Jenny)
Network Leadership Team: Rt. Rev. Silas Ng, Rev. Peter Klenner, Rev. Ed Hird (Janice), Rev. Simon Neill (Jo), Rev. Ken Bell (Sonya), Mr. Andy Li (Amy)
Bishop's Chaplain: Rev. Ed Hird (Janice)
Bishop's Assistant: Mrs. Michelle Ng (Silas)
Clergy Formation Advisor: Rev. Ken Bell (Sonya)
Treasurer: Mr. Andy Li(Amy)
Administrator: Mrs. Zenia Cheng (Clarence)
Pray for our retired primates who are giving us spiritual oversight and our chairman bishop:
The Most Rev. Emmanuel Kolini
The Most Rev. Moses Tay
The Most Rev. Yong Ping Chung
The Rt. Rev. Chuck Murphy, III (Margaret)