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Loving God with an Angry Heart - Psalm 137, Rom 12:17-21
Written by John Tsang   
Monday, 23 November 2015 22:15

Within the precious collection of Psalms in our Holy Scriptures, there are a number of them that were written from the vantage point of anger, hatred, and desire for vengeance. They have been given the name, Imprecatory Psalms (5, 10, 17, 35, 58, 59, 69, 70, 79, 83, 109, 129, 137, 140). When we come across one of these Psalms, we are surprised, but then we are confronted with our own moments of anger, rage, and need for vengeance. Is it possible to turn even the anger in our hearts to a renewed love for God?


Psalm 137, and ones like it, have presented its share of challenges for commentators and Christians. Some who want to discredit the Christian faith quote it out of context and accuse the Judeo-Christian faith as one that supports this kind of violence and evil.  That is such a distorted way of reading these Psalms.  Psalm 137:1-3 tells us the historical context of the Psalter, he has been deported to Babylon, captured in war, taunted, and mistreated. The first thing we want to say is that the Imprecatory Psalms give voice to those who have experienced extremely violent and cruel acts committed upon them. The Psalter calls upon God to give his enemy a taste of his own medicine in the hope that perhaps the captor's conscience awakens. The second thing we see is that the Psalter is calling to God based on His covenant faithfulness to "bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you" (Gen 12:3) . It is a call to God to act based on His faithfulness, goodness, and justice. Finally, the collection of these Psalms teach us that the way to transform our anger into a deeper love for God is to let God take care of the vengeance. Psalm 109:26-27, Help me, Lord my God save me according to your unfailing love. Let them know that it is your hand, that you, Lord, have done it. The Psalter hands over his need for vengeance to God.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 18:19
Loving God with a Repentant Heart - Psalm 51
Written by John Tsang   
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 07:28


In the tradition of our Christian faith, there is a collection of seven Psalms that can save us when we fail, mess up, or sin badly. They are the Penitential Psalms, numbered 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130 and 143. Psalm 51 stands in the middle of the seven and is perhaps the most well-known and eloquent of them all. It is even given a special name, Miserere Mei - Have Mercy on Me, and has been written to moving choral music.


First, the Penitential Psalms affirm that with God, forgiveness in this life is possible. Forgiveness is central to the Christian faith. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. (Psalm 51:1-2) It is only by the mercy and goodness of God that we can be forgiven.


Secondly, the Psalmist tells us that unconfessed sin has consequences on our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart. (Psalm 38:8) Long before modern psychology named the condition of depression, the Psalmist said, When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long (Psalm 51:3). We should however, be careful not to attribute every physical or emotional illness to unconfessed sin, this is something best left for the individual to come to terms with but the Psalmist makes it quite clear that for him, unconfessed habitual sin can lead to consequences on our overall well-being.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 November 2015 20:34
God is Our Maker - Psalm 146:6
Written by Conrade Yap   
Monday, 09 November 2015 00:00

Victor Eric Wong was born in 1926 in Victoria BC. Due to his Chinese ethnicity, he was not granted the rights of full British citizenship at that time. He wasn’t even considered Canadian. At that time, many ethnic Chinese were deemed immigrants and had limited rights. That changed when WWII broke out. Over in the Far East, while British territories were being invaded by the Japanese, the British conscripted many Chinese immigrants to serve in the army. In Canada, all Chinese men 18 years and older were sent enlistment letters. Due to their ability to speak both Chinese and English, they were ideal for helping the British in guerilla warfare. They were then trained in intelligence gathering, infiltration strategies, military skills, and tactics to destroy the infrastructure of the invading Japanese. Victor, with many fellow Chinese males in Canada went bravely to join in the fight. There were casualties of war. Those who survived returned and helped to lobby for full recognition of Chinese to become full Canadian citizens. On January 1st, 1947, after much lobbying, Canadian citizenship came into effect, thanks to the sacrifice of individuals like Victor, among many other Chinese contributions. He writes:

I want our people – the Chinese Canadians – to know that we went to war and returned. We won two wars: over Japan, Germany and Italy and freedom for Europe, and also freedom for China, because Japan surrendered. We came back and lobbied the government, and in 1946, when we got discharged, Parliament passed the law saying that we can be Canadian citizens. It didn’t become official until January 1, 1947, when Canadian citizenship came into effect.” (Victor Wong)


Last Updated on Monday, 23 November 2015 22:24
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