Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you;
He will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22
Communion (the Lord’s Supper) is an essential part of the worship service in Abilene Bible Church; it is observed every Sunday between the music worship and the sermon. It includes a prayer of confession, a brief message (called “Sermon 1” by the congregation, but “Communion Devotion” by the pastor), the taking of the elements, and meditative piano music. The devotional message is not prescripted; rather, it flows according to the leading of the Holy Spirit at the moment. If by technical reasons we missed the recording of the day, it cannot be reproduced. The Communion Devotion (“Sermon 1”) is not planned to relate with the accompanying “Sermon 2," but quite often they find correlations with each other. We present the recordings here for those who find this meaningful and helpful. God bless your soul.
Communion Devotion • 06/24/2018
Psalm 2 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #1 • Introduction
This is the beginning of a mini-series “Christ in Psalms." Psalm 2 is a messianic psalm, calling the Son of David (King of the United Kingdom of Israel and Judah) the Son of God, for God will rule over all nations through him. Jesus Christ fit that profile. He is the begotten Son of God for eternity, but in another sense he is begotten when he becomes the king of Israel as a vassal (son) to God the Father, the suzerain (father). In turn he will be the suzerain (the Great King) over other nations (vassals).
Communion Devotion • 07/01/2018
Psalm 16 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #2 • Chapter 1
Psalm 16 portrays the life of a righteous leader of the people of God, who will not see his body decay in the tombs, but expects resurrection. Jesus Christ fulfilled the prophecy.
Communion Devotion • 07/08/2018
Psalm 22 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #3
Psalm 22 is the quintessential messianic psalm, in which David spoke on behalf of the future Messiah, predicting that he would be nailed in the hands and feet, and soldiers would divide his clothes by throwing a lot. Jesus not only fulfilled the prophecy, but also shouted out the first sentence of the psalm, “My God, why have you forsaken me?” as one of the “seven sayings on the cross.”
Communion Devotion • 07/15/2018
Psalm 23 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #4 • Smyrna
Even though Psalm 23 is not usually counted among the “Messianic Psalms,” it portrays the life of the righteous (and Jesus certainly is that). Totally trusting and depending of the good shepherd, the righteous will go through the valley of death and feast on God’s goodness. That happened to Jesus; it could happen to those of
us who follow him.
Communion Devotion • 07/22/2018
Psalm 40 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #5 • Pergamum
Psalm 40 described a righteous man whose ears God had opened, for God prefers heartfelt obedience more than animal sacrifices. This kind of man with perfect obedience was written in God’s book, and Christ lived out this calling and gave perfect obedience on the cross.
Communion Devotion • 07/29/2018
Psalm 42 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #6 • Thyatira
Psalm 42 described a righteous man whose soul thirsts for God as deer for the water. He suffered for the sake of righteousness, asking “why have you forgotten me, God?” Yet by faith he trusted in God’s plan and lived on in obedience. This is a picture of Christ’s life, especially on the cross.
Communion Devotion • 08/05/2018
Psalm 8 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #7 • Sardis
Psalm 8 praised God for considering man, who was created lower than the angels yet are given the authority to rule over all creation of the earth. Jesus Christ made himself lower than the angels when he became a man, but He was restored to glory after his resurrection, ascension, and session (seating on the right hand of God the Father). He is already ruling over all creations in heaven now, and he will do so on the earth after his second coming.
Note: The title slide of this Communion Devotion indicates Rev #7 whereas once the video begins, it says Rev #6 in the bottom right corner, but it is actually Rev #7.
Communion Devotion • 08/12/2018
Psalm 45:1-17 Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #8
Psalm 45 is a "Messianic Psalm" describing the scene of King Solomon's wedding to his bride. It is a prophecy of what the church, born again believers in Jesus Christ, will experience at the wedding
of Jesus Christ with His bride, the church, at His second coming. Believers have the ability to know God through His Son Jesus Christ, and they will bear children spiritually by sharing the gospel
Communion Devotion • 08/19/2018
Psalm 91:1-16 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #9
Psalm 91 describes the experience of Jesus Christ in relationship to God the Father. It also describes the believers experience in relationship to Jesus Christ. God the Father delivered Jesus Christ from the snares of the world just as Jesus Christ will deliver His bride, the church, from the snares of the world.
Communion Devotion • 09/02/2018
Psalm 27:1-14 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #10
Psalm 27 describes the suffering and struggle of righteous people in this world. Serving God in this world was never meant to be trouble-free. Instead, serving God means that believers will suffer just as Jesus Christ did. To be righteous, believers must depend on God's strength and do the best to obey God, just as Jesus Christ did.
Communion Devotion • 09/09/2018
Psalm 27:1-14 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #11
Psalm 27 describes the suffering and struggle of righteous people in this world. Jesus Christ suffered. King David suffered. Both suffered due to their enemies unjustly persecuting them. Yet both Jesus Christ and King David waited on God for justice, neither seeking revenge or exaggerated justice. We as suffering believers must do the same, waiting on God for His perfect justice.
Communion Devotion • 09/30/2018
Psalm 31:1-24 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #12
Psalm 31 is a psalm of King David as a typology of Jesus Christ.
Just as with King David, people were conspiring to take the life of Jesus Christ, even his disciple Judas Iscariot. As Jesus Christ suffered, we His followers will also suffer both naturally and
spiritually. No matter what sufferings my come, we believers
must trust in the Lord, for He is our adopted Father as He is the eternal Father of Jesus Christ.
Communion Devotion • 10/07/2018
Psalm 34:1-22 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #13
Psalm 34 is a Messianic psalm that prophesied what would happen to Jesus Christ on the cross. This psalm prophesied that Jesus Christ,
as the ultimate, righteous man, would not have any bones broken during His crucifixion for our sins. Moses also prophesied this in
the law when he told the Israelites not to break any bones in their Passover lambs. Jesus Christ is the ultimate Passover Lamb, as He sacrificed Himself to pay for our sins. The prophesies, in both the
law and the psalm, were fulfilled. Jesus Christ is our Redeemer.
Communion Devotion • 10/14/2018
Psalm 35:1-28 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #14
Psalm 35 shows how Jesus Christ suffered in this world for His beloved. Love means paying a price for the benefit of your beloved. Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price with His life to pay for our uttermost need of redemption. If we want to learn to love, we should look to Jesus Christ; how He acted is how we should love.
Communion Devotion • 10/21/2018
Psalm 41:1-13 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #15
The psalms are divided into 5 books with psalm 41 being the closing psalm of book 1. The first two books of the psalms are mostly psalms of David, taking place during the time that David is called to be king, approximately at 15 years of age, to the time he assumes the throne in Judah at 30 years of age. During those 15 years, David lived a life of righteousness, hungering and thirsting for Jesus Christ and obeying God even under persecution. This period of time, where David suffered for the sake of righteousness, is an ideal picture for Jesus Christ, the real sinless man who suffered for the sake of righteousness.
Communion Devotion • 10/28/2018
Psalm 68:15-18 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #16
Psalm 68 is a psalm praising God for His power and His victory over evil and the world. One of God the Father's victories was resurrecting God the Son from the dead, elevating God the Son from not only the earth but also from Hades back up to Heaven. God the Father gave God the Son, who is now seated at the right hand of God the Father, all the authorities in Heaven and on Earth. This victory is the greatest victory of God and has relevance to all Believers.
Communion Devotion • 11/04/2018
Psalm 69:1-9 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #17
The world and world history were created by Jesus Christ, of Jesus Christ, and for Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, as one of the Trinity, created the world (by Him). The purpose of creation is to create the bride for Jesus Christ to reign with Him in eternity to come (for Him). Jesus Christ is now inheriting all the authorities in Heaven and on Earth (of Him). In order for Jesus Christ to earn this exalted position, right, and joy for eternity to come, He had to suffer greatly. Most of His suffering was prophesied in the book of Psalms, including Psalm 69.
Communion Devotion • 11/11/2018
Psalm 69: 16-21 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #18
In this portion of Psalm 69, it describes how Jesus Christ would be offered a pain killer wine vinegar to help with His suffering while dying on the cross. Jesus Christ suffered the greatest pain and refused to reduce His pain while He was on the cross because He wanted to pay for all our sins by His full suffering. Jesus Christ paid for our sins and now we just need to surrender, submit to his embrace, and then we are safe from God's wrath and from the madness of the world.
Communion Devotion • 11/18/2018
Psalm 78:1-4 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #19
Psalm 78 recounts God's graceful acts on Israel and through Israel to this world. In Psalm 78:1-4, God prophesied that the Messiah would speak in parables. Jesus Christ, the Messiah, told parables when He taught. When God reveals wondrous things to man, we are limited by our finite minds. Therefore, God has to tell us things using what is familiar to us, and if there is similarity, we can make an extension from the familiar things to the unknown. Jesus Christ told many parables because had He told the abstract truth, it would not have been understood by man. Jesus Christ had to start from concrete things that were understood in order to reveal the wondrous things of God to the world.
Communion Devotion • 12/02/2018
Psalm 89:3-4 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #20
Psalm 89 describes who the Messiah will be. From the time of the
fall of Adam and Eve, God created a plan of sending His Son into humanity to live as the God Man and to dies for mans' sins.
However, who the Messiah would be depended on a specific
bloodline as designed by God. The bloodline includes being the
Son of God, the Son of woman, the Son of Abraham, and the Son
of David. Jesus Christ fulfilled all these titles, and His reign will not
end but will endure forever.
Communion Devotion • 12/09/2018
Psalm 97:1-12 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #21
Psalm 97 speaks of how God is above all angels and false gods. Angels are created servants in the Household of God. False gods are idols with demons behind them, with demons being fallen angels. Human beings, who are in Jesus Christ, have become fellow heirs of the Household of God with Jesus Christ and, therefore, are above the angels, both holy and fallen. Just as Believers worship Jesus Christ because He is one member of the eternal triune God, so should all angels, both holy and fallen.