MEMORY VERSE: Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come. Psalm 102:13
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 105-107
Psalm 102:13 says, “Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.” Someone once defined favour as when a single brother goes out in the evening and returns with a wife; i couldn’t agree more. Isaac went out one evening, as a single man, to meditate and returned with a wife ( Genesis 24:63-67). Proverbs 18:22 says, “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.” Favour is simply getting what you have not worked for. There are several lessons to learn from our memory verse. For instance, there is a time for divine favour. Psalm 102:13 says, “……...for the time to favour her…..” Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” This (time of divine favour) has been set. “..……yea, the set time ...” By who? God. Psalm 31:15 says, “My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.” All an individual needs to do, then is exercise patience and continue to serve the Lord in spirit and truth until his set time .
Two things usually happen when an individual’s time of favour comes. Firstly, according to Psalm 102:13, God arises on behalf of the individual. Before your time of favour, it may appear as if God has forgotten you. You may have prayed, fasted, sown seeds, served, lived a righteous life, worshiped and yet, nothing seems to happen. During this time, you may even be subjected to abuse, ridicule and all that. When God arises (from His throne) on behalf of an individual, the individual becomes unstoppable. Let the whole world gather against such an individual , they will fall flat. When God arises on behalf of a man, things will suddenly begin to work in His favour; those who have not taken notice of him will start to take notice of him. When David’s time of favour came, God commanded Samuel, a great prophet, to go and visit him at home and anoint him as king (1 Samuel 16). When Samuel told Jesse to bring his children out, he didn’t bother to get David from the field where he was tending sheep.You see when your time of favour comes, men’s opinion of you would not matter. Even evil schemes against you will fail.
Secondly, also according to Psalm 102:13, God shows mercy to the individual who is to be favoured. What is mercy? It is not getting what you deserve. David by birth didn’t deserve to be a king. He was not the son of a king and he didn’t come from a royal family. Asides this, according to bible scholars, David was a product of adultery. He himself even confessed and said: “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. ( Psalm 51:5)”. This better explains why the old man didn’t bring him out when he was told to bring out his children. The law of Moses states that no bastard should be allowed in the temple (Deuteronomy 23:2). When David’s time of favour came, God had mercy on him. A bastard who was not allowed anywhere near God’s house was suddenly anointed king over Israel. God poured His oil on this boy and his cup ran over. When your day of favour comes, God’s mercy will cancel out all the points against you.
NOTE: Whilst you are waiting for your time of favour, you need to be patient.
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