Sunday, December 17, 2017

Praising Scripture - Dec 17

Introduction...



PSALM 42:1-5 Praise God In the Midst of Distress——
To the Chief Musician. A Contemplation of the sons of Korah.
(Memorization Scripture: vv. 5)
1 As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?

3 My tears have been my food day and night,
While they continually say to me,
“Where is your God?”

4 When I remember these things,
I pour out my soul within me.
For I used to go with the multitude;
I went with them to the house of God,
With the voice of joy and praise,
With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.

5 Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance.



[Sharing]

Psalm 42 and 43 are the first and second parts of the same psalm, and they echo each other coherently and cohesively. The psalmist was the descendant of those who once were so rebellious to God and should have been swallowed by the earth (See Numbers 16) yet saved by the grace of God. Since the time of David, there were a group of people among the son of Korah who were delegated to sing in the temple of God (such as Heman, one of the three chief musicians). The psalmist of this psalm presumably should also serve as a musician in the temple of God. And now, for being held captive during war or some other unknown reason, he was left in a strange place apart from the presence of God and was unable to participate in any worship services. (In this psalm) He described that his soul pants for God, as the deer pants for the water brooks. People saw him and mocked him, and said “where is your God?” And this made him so depressed that his tear had been his food day and night.


The psalmist is saddened even more as he recalls a time when together with the people, he headed to the temple of God and sang praises to keep a feast. But at the same time, this memory became a turning point, which led to verse 5. In both Psalm 42 and 43, verse 5 acts as chorus which is repeated three times to portray the psalmist’s strong emotions.

Everyone of us can fall down into a spiritual low place while walking the path of faith, and it just might seem that we will never get back to those reviving and glorious moments when we still dwelled in the temple of God. When we are cast down we are easily disquieted and can lose all hope. But in such times, this psalmist who carried the mark of grace, reminded his worried heart to “Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance” (v5). We too are sinners saved by grace and God will not remember our rebellion to Him. When we are still wandering in the wilderness, as long as our soul pants for His presence, He will be there as always, and help us with His countenance. (NY)



【簡介】...



12/17 詩篇42:1-5 在困境中讚美神——流亡者之歌
可拉後裔的訓誨詩,交於伶長。
(背誦5節)
1 神啊,我的心切慕你,
如鹿切慕溪水。
2 我的心渴想神,就是永生神,
我幾時得朝見神呢?

3 我晝夜以眼淚當飲食,
人不住地對我說:「你的神在哪裡呢?」

4 我從前與眾人同往,用歡呼稱讚的聲音,
領他們到神的殿裡,大家守節。
我追想這些事,我的心極其悲傷。

5 我的心哪,你為何憂悶?
為何在我裡面煩躁?
應當仰望神,因祂笑臉幫助我,
我還要稱讚祂。







【心得分享】
詩篇四十二篇和四十三篇是一首詩的上和下,前後呼應,連成一氣。作者是先祖曾經背叛 神本該全部被地吞滅(見民數記16章),卻因著 神的恩典而留下來的後裔。從大衛的時代開始,這些人有一些是派在神的殿中歌唱的 (例如希幔是三位伶長之一)。這首詩的作者應該也是原來在聖殿服事音樂的;現在,不曉得是因為戰爭被擄,還是其他的原因,他流亡在沒有神同在的異地,不得參與敬拜。他形容自己渴慕 神的同在,好像鹿渴慕溪水一樣。人看見他的景況嘲笑他:「你的神在哪裡呢?」令他越發沮喪到甚至晝夜以眼淚當飲食。

詩人回想他曾經與眾人同往 神的殿,用歡呼稱讚的聲音帶領大家守節。這使得他的心更是悲傷到極處。但是,同時這個回想也成了一個轉機,帶進了第五節的頌讚。第五節在四十二篇和四十三篇中是一個副歌,被重複了三次,可見是詩人特別強烈的感受。

每一個人的信仰之旅都有可能落在沮喪谷,似乎無法再回到以往住在神殿中復興的光景。我們在沮喪中,很容易煩躁、失去盼望。但是,這個身上帶著 神恩典記號的詩人,提醒自己憂悶的心,「應當仰望神,因祂笑臉幫助我,我還要稱讚祂。」我們也是一樣蒙恩的罪人,神不記念我們的背逆,在我們流盪在外的時候,只要我們渴慕見祂的面,祂就還是一如以往的用祂的笑臉幫助我們。(NY)

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Praising Scripture - Dec 16


Introduction...


12/16 Psalm29:1-11 Praise God In the Midst of Distress

1 Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones,
Give unto the Lord glory and strength.
2 Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
The God of glory thunders;
The Lord is over many waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars,
Yes, the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes them also skip like a calf,
Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
The Lord shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth,
And strips the forests bare;
And in His temple everyone says, “Glory!”
10 The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood,
And the Lord sits as King forever.
11 The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.


[Sharing]

On stormy nights, we tend to focus on our difficulties and losses and get trapped by weaknesses and afflictions which lead us to complain to and even grow distant from God. Yet, the psalmist tells us that even in times of trouble we ought to praise the Lord. To be honest, it is a great challenge (for everyone of us) to praise the Lord in difficulty unless we praise the Lord on a daily basis. Like David, we ought to know by heart that the Lord is the kind and powerful God who makes all things work together for good to those who love Him.

In this psalm, David mentioned the voice of the Lord seven times (it is powerful, full of majesty...), to remind us that the glory and power of God is mightier than any of this world’s storms and difficulties. Therefore, the psalmist said that the children of God, should not be afraid of these difficulties which will not last but rather we should praise His name, giving to the Lord the glory due His name, for The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood, And the Lord sits as King forever (v10). God loves us so much and He will give strength to His people and bless His people with peace. (JZ)



【簡介】...




詩篇29:1-11
 在困境中讚美神

1 神的眾子啊,你們要將榮耀、能力歸給耶和華,
歸給耶和華!
2 要將耶和華的名所當得的榮耀歸給祂,
           以聖潔的裝飾敬拜耶和華!
3 耶和華的聲音發在水上,榮耀的神打雷,
耶和華打雷在大水之上。
4 耶和華的聲音大有能力,
          耶和華的聲音滿有威嚴。
5 耶和華的聲音震破香柏樹,
         耶和華震碎黎巴嫩的香柏樹。
6 祂也使之跳躍如牛犢,
使黎巴嫩和西連跳躍如野牛犢。
7 耶和華的聲音使火焰分岔。
8 耶和華的聲音震動曠野,
耶和華震動加低斯的曠野。
9 耶和華的聲音驚動母鹿落胎,樹木也脫落淨光。
          凡在祂殿中的,都稱說祂的榮耀。

10 洪水氾濫之時,耶和華坐著為王;
         耶和華坐著為王,直到永遠。
11 耶和華必賜力量給祂的百姓,
         耶和華必賜平安的福給祂的百姓。

【心得分享】
在暴風雨的災難困境中,我們的眼睛往往會聚焦在困境和損失上,軟弱灰心會抓住我們,讓我們心生埋怨甚至是遠離 神。但詩人卻呼籲我們在困境中要讚美敬拜耶和華。誠實的講,碰到困難還能讚美 神是很大的挑戰。除非我們平時就是一個常常讚美神的人,像大衛一樣真認識 神,深知祂是有慈愛和大能,叫萬事互相效力使我們得益處的 神。

大衛在這裡就一連七次提到耶和華的聲音(是大有能力、滿有威嚴…)來提醒我們 神的榮耀和能力,大過所遇任何外在的困境和災難。因此,詩人呼籲住在神家中的眾子啊,不要因外在暫時的困境恐懼害怕,當來讚美,將耶和華的名所當得的榮耀歸給祂;因為洪水氾濫之時,耶和華坐著為王,耶和華坐著為王,直到永遠。”  神愛我們,必賜力量和平安的福給屬祂的百姓(JZ)

Friday, December 15, 2017

Praising Scripture - Dec 15

Introduction...



PSALM 37:1-11 Praise God’s Will
(Memorization Scripture: vv. 3-6)
1 Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
And wither as the green herb.

3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.


7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret—it only causes harm.
9 For evildoers shall be cut off;
But those who wait on the Lord,
They shall inherit the earth.
10 For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more;
Indeed, you will look carefully for his place,
But it shall be no more.
11 But the meek shall inherit the earth,
And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.





[sharing]
It’s not always easy to praise God for His will. The challenge is that first we don’t necessarily know what His will is, and second that we may not truly care about it. By the time we get to see God’s will and start to care about it, it’s still likely that we don’t fully agree or cannot follow it. What God regards the best may not be what we desire the most, or even if it is, we may not have the strength to obey Him, which is especially true when we fret (see how “do not fret” appear 3 times in this passage) and want to retaliate.

But here God says to His children through David that we should 1) trust in the Lord, and do good, 2) dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness, and 3) delight yourself also in the Lord -- and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Then He continues with “Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.” Vengeance belongs to God, for only He is righteous, and only those who do the will of God abide forever. Sometimes when God’s will is not clear to us our flesh will be tempted by the enemy as we fret, and we will sin if we fail to overcome the temptation. To delight ourselves in the Lord’s will, we have to be humble, willing to obey, and wait patiently.

Children of God, let’s all listen to God’s words and obey: “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.” Let’s not follow our own will, but humble ourselves under the righteous and mighty hand of God. Let’s put faith in His judgement and leading, and honor Him as God. “The meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” (NY)




【簡介】...



12/15 詩篇37:1-11 讚美神的旨意
(背誦3-6節)
1 不要為作惡的心懷不平,
也不要向那行不義的生出嫉妒。
2 因為他們如草快被割下,
又如青菜快要枯乾。

3 你當倚靠耶和華而行善,
住在地上,以祂的信實為糧;
4 又要以耶和華為樂,
祂就將你心裡所求的賜給你。
5 當將你的事交託耶和華,
並倚靠祂,祂就必成全。
6 祂要使你的公義如光發出,
使你的公平明如正午。


7 你當默然倚靠耶和華,耐性等候祂。
不要因那道路通達的和那惡謀成就的心懷不平。
8 當止住怒氣,離棄忿怒;
不要心懷不平,以致作惡。
9 因為作惡的必被剪除,
惟有等候耶和華的必承受地土。

10 還有片時,惡人要歸於無有。
你就是細察他的住處,也要歸於無有。
11 但謙卑人必承受地土,
以豐盛的平安為樂。





【心得分享】
要讚美 神的旨意,很多時候不是一件理所當然的事。首先我們不一定知道什麼是 神的旨意,再就是我們不見得在乎神的旨意。等我們知道了,也開始在乎了,我們在很多事情上又不贊成或跟不上神的旨意。我們覺得祂的旨意不是我認為最好的,或者無力順服。尤其是當我們心懷不平 (你看,這十一節裡就有三個“心懷不平”呢!),想要以牙還牙的時候。
但是神在這裡藉著大衛對祂的兒女說,你要:1)倚靠耶和華而行善,2)住在地上,以祂的信實為糧,3)又要以耶和華為樂——祂就將你心裡所求的賜給你。然後,祂又說:「當將你的事交託耶和華,並倚靠祂,祂就必成全。祂要使你的公義如光發出,使你的公平明如正午。」申冤在 神,唯有 神是公義,也唯有 神的旨意和遵行祂旨意的人永遠長存。我們對祂的旨意一時看不清楚,有時就在憤憤不平的時候肉體被仇敵試探,以致犯罪作惡。神的旨意,必須是謙卑、願意順服、並且耐性等候的人才能引以為樂的。
神的兒女啊,讓我們聽神的話,“你當默然倚靠耶和華,耐性等候祂”,不要自己做主,要服在 神公義大能的手下,相信祂的判斷和帶領,尊祂為 神。「謙卑人必承受地土,以豐盛的平安為樂」! (NY)

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Praising Scripture - Dec 14

Introduction...



12/14 Psalm 89:1-4,20-29,51-52 Praise God’s Will
(Memorization Scripture: vv. 27-29)
1 I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever;
With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.
2 For I have said, “Mercy shall be built up forever;
Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens.”
3 “I have made a covenant with My chosen,
I have sworn to My servant David:
4 ‘Your seed I will establish forever,
And build up your throne to all generations.’” Selah

20 I have found My servant David;
With My holy oil I have anointed him,
21 With whom My hand shall be established;
Also My arm shall strengthen him.
22 The enemy shall not outwit him,
Nor the son of wickedness afflict him.
23 I will beat down his foes before his face,
And plague those who hate him.
24 “But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him,
And in My name his horn shall be exalted.
25 Also I will set his hand over the sea,
And his right hand over the rivers.
26 He shall cry to Me, ‘You are my Father,
My God, and the rock of my salvation.’
27 Also I will make him My firstborn,
The highest of the kings of the earth.
28 My mercy I will keep for him forever,
And My covenant shall stand firm with him.
29 His seed also I will make to endure forever,
And his throne as the days of heaven.


51 With which Your enemies have reproached, O Lord,
With which they have reproached the footsteps of Your anointed.
52 Blessed be the Lord forevermore!
Amen and Amen.(JZ)


[sharing]
Although the larger context of our psalm today is a prayer for help when trouble abounds, we see the psalmist starting the psalm with the praise that “I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever;
With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations”. The Lord has made the everlasting covenant with David, in which His multiple promises that “I have…”, “I will…”, “Also I will…”, and “...My…” demonstrate His great mercy and love to David. With the promises “I have found My servant David; With My holy oil I have anointed him, With whom My arm shall strengthen;. I will beat down his foes before his face; My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him, And in My name his horn shall be exalted. Also I will make him My firstborn,” the Lord has reminded the seed of David, the people in Zion, to not lose heart in difficulties because their God is faithful, His covenant shall stand firm, and He will make David’s throne endure forever as the days of heaven. Hallelujah! Blessed be the LORD for evermore! Amen, and Amen.

Praise the Lord! Today we are all found by God like David, anointed by the Holy Spirit, and receive all of the promises and blessings as sons of God in Christ. Baptism is the testimony of us being found by God. Breaking of bread is the mark of God’s love on us, reminding us that God has made with us the everlasting covenant through the blood of His son Jesus Christ. Because of what God has done for us, now we can come and cry to Him, ‘You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.’ (JZ)




【簡介】...



12/14 詩篇89:1-4,20-29,51-52 讚美神的旨意
(背誦27-29節)
1 我要歌唱耶和華的慈愛直到永遠,
我要用口將你的信實傳於萬代。
2 因我曾說:「你的慈悲必建立到永遠,你的信實必堅立在天上。」
3 「我與我所揀選的人立了約,向我的僕人大衛起了誓:
4 我要建立你的後裔直到永遠,要建立你的寶座直到萬代。」(細拉)

20 「我尋得我的僕人大衛,用我的聖膏膏他。
21 我的手必使他堅立,我的膀臂也必堅固他。
22 仇敵必不勒索他,凶惡之子也不苦害他。
23 我要在他面前打碎他的敵人,擊殺那恨他的人。

24 只是我的信實和我的慈愛要與他同在,因我的名他的角必被高舉。
25 我要使他的左手伸到海上,右手伸到河上。
26 他要稱呼我說:『你是我的父,是我的神,是拯救我的磐石。』
27 我也要立他為長子,為世上最高的君王。
28 我要為他存留我的慈愛直到永遠,
我與他立的約必要堅定。
29 我也要使他的後裔存到永遠,
使他的寶座如天之久。」


51 耶和華啊,你的仇敵用這羞辱,
羞辱了你的僕人,羞辱了你受膏者的腳蹤。
52 耶和華是應當稱頌的,直到永遠!
阿們,阿們。


【心得分享】
就著整篇來看這是一首在困難中向 神禱告的詩,但詩人開始便說“我要歌唱耶和華的慈愛直到永遠,我要用口將你的信實傳於萬代。” 因為 神與大衛立了永約,多次說:“我…、我的…、我要…、我也要…”來強調祂對大衛的慈愛和應許。「我尋得我的僕人大衛,用聖膏膏他,用膀臂堅固他 ,在他面前打碎他的敵人,用信實和慈愛與大衛同在,使他的角被高舉,我也要立他為長子。」藉此來提醒大衛的子孫,錫安的眾民在困境中不可灰心,信實的 神必永遠堅定與大衛所立的約,使他的寶座如天之久。哈利路亞,耶和華是應當稱頌的,直到永遠!阿們,阿們。

真是感謝讚美 神!今天我們也像大衛一樣被 神尋得,被聖靈恩膏,在基督裡得著兒子各樣的應許和祝福;浸禮就是我們被 神尋得的見證;餅杯就是 神愛我們的標記,提醒我們, 神用祂兒子耶穌的血與我們立了永不改變的新約。因此,我們可以隨時到祂面前呼求說:『祢是我的父,是我的 神,是拯救我的磐石。』(JZ)


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Praising Scripture - Dec 13

Introduction...



PSALM40:6-11 Praise for God’s Will
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
(Memorization Scripture: vv. 6-8)
6 Sacrifice and offering You did not desire;
My ears You have opened.
Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require.
7 Then I said, “Behold, I come;
In the scroll of the book it is written of me.
8 I delight to do Your will, O my God,
And Your law is within my heart.”


9 I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness
In the great assembly;
Indeed, I do not restrain my lips,
O Lord, You Yourself know.
10 I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart;
I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation;
I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth
From the great assembly.
11 Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord;
Let Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me.


The larger context of our psalm today is a prayer for help when trouble abounds. David begins by praising God for His past mercies before another appeal to the gracious Lord for deliverance. Sandwiched fittingly between these is this testament to the king’s faithfulness to God’s will. That’s really the heart of the matter here - true praise includes true obedience to the Lord. David knows that God mandated animal sacrifices but if they were offered without genuine repentance and faith, God did not want them because that would not be true worship. The great praise here is both that the psalmist delights and does God’s will and that God has chosen to reveal His will to David and put it within his heart.

Praise You, dear God who has opened our ears!


Let us all praise our Lord who has graciously revealed His will to us and wonderfully moves our hearts to delight in His ways, even writing His law within our hearts!
Praise You dear Jesus for Your righteousness, faithfulness and your salvation!
Let us all praise the Christ for His lovingkindness, His truth, and His tender mercies!
Let us offer such praise even when trouble abounds.
Let us offer this praise in the great assemblies where all can hear and join in. (KA)



【簡介】...



12/13 詩篇40:6-11 讚美神的旨意
大衛的詩,交予伶長。
(背誦6-8節)
6 祭物和禮物你不喜悅,你已經開通我的耳朵,
燔祭和贖罪祭非你所要。
7 那時我說:「看哪,我來了,我的事在經卷上已經記載了。
8 我的神啊,我樂意照你的旨意行,你的律法在我心裡。」


9 我在大會中宣傳公義的佳音,我必不止住我的嘴唇,
耶和華啊,這是你所知道的。
10 我未曾把你的公義藏在心裡,我已陳明你的信實和你的救恩,
我在大會中未曾隱瞞你的慈愛和誠實。
11 耶和華啊,求你不要向我止住你的慈悲,
願你的慈愛和誠實常常保佑我。



【心得分享】 今天這篇詩篇主要的背景是在困難中向 神求助的禱告。在呼籲賜恩的 神再一次解救他之前,大衛先因著 神以前向他所施的憐憫而發出讚美。而在這兩者中間,又恰如其分地插入了王信實地遵行 神旨意的見證。這正是大衛在此所要表達的真正核心:真實的讚美包含我們對 神真實的順服。大衛明白 神雖然定規百姓獻上祭牲,但若真實的悔改和信心沒有同祭牲一起獻上, 神就不會悅納,因為,沒有真實的悔改和信心,就算不上是真實的敬拜。大衛的讚美不僅表達了他喜悅 神的旨意,並遵照 神的旨意而行;也見證了神願意將祂的旨意向大衛顯明,並將祂的律法放在大衛心裡。

親愛的主,我們讚美袮,因為袮開通了我們的耳朵!

今天,讓我們都來讚美這位充滿恩慈的主!祂不光將祂的心意向我們顯明,更是將祂的律法放在我們心裡,並在我們心裡動工,讓我們喜悅祂的旨意。
親愛的耶穌我們讚美袮!為著袮的公義,袮的信實,袮的拯救!
讓我們一起來讚美基督!為著祂的慈愛,祂的真理,祂溫柔的憐憫!
即使在困窘中,讓我們仍然向 神獻上這樣的讚美!
讓我們在大會中不住聲地讚美 神,直到所有的受造都聽見與我們一起讚美!(KA)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Praising Scripture - Dec 12

Introduction...



PSALM 132:1-9;13-18 Praise God’s Kingdom/God’s Dwelling Place
(Memorization Scripture: vv. 13-18)
1 Lord, remember David
And all his afflictions;
2 How he swore to the Lord,
And vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob:
3 “Surely I will not go into the chamber of my house,
Or go up to the comfort of my bed;
4 I will not give sleep to my eyes
Or slumber to my eyelids,
5 Until I find a place for the Lord,
A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

6 Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah;
We found it in the fields of the woods.[a]
7 Let us go into His tabernacle;
Let us worship at His footstool.
8 Arise, O Lord, to Your resting place,
You and the ark of Your strength.
9 Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness,
And let Your saints shout for joy.
……
13 For the Lord has chosen Zion;
He has desired it for His dwelling place:
14 “This is My resting place forever;
Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
15 I will abundantly bless her provision;
I will satisfy her poor with bread.
16 I will also clothe her priests with salvation,
And her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
17 There I will make the horn of David grow;
I will prepare a lamp for My Anointed.
18 His enemies I will clothe with shame,
But upon Himself His crown shall flourish.”





[sharing]
There have been a lot of difficulties and tribulations in the many years of serving the Lord and His church, and sometimes I have felt discouraged. But God always speaks to me at a crucial moment and shows me what He wants. This psalm is one of them. Back to 2005 when we were buying the church building, God once again spoke to me through this psalm. It seemed that I could roughly understand a bit of David's misery and his urgency to find a resting place for the ark of the Lord. In order to fulfill the needs of the Lord, David would rather suffer. If our sufferings cannot be connected with the eternal purpose of God, which is Christ and the church, it will be worthless at all!

Having spent his life in war, David knew well and worry about God's ark being displaced and restless. Where is God's resting place today? Where is the shining place of God's witness cabinet? Is every church a home where God can dwell in? Can His heart rest in peace among us? Behold what manner of love is the Lord! With exceedingly precious promises, He responds to those who love Him and care about His presence and testimony. In His chosen dwelling place, He will 'abundantly bless her provision, satisfy her poor with bread; ... also clothe her priests with salvation, And her saints shall shout aloud for joy.' The horn of David speaks of God's victory - wherever there is God's presence, God reigns and enemies will be humiliated; those who suffer for the Lord will have glorious crowns on their heads.

Do you think that this psalm is like a song, which step by step builds up into God's heart, encountering God's promise and glory! No wonder this psalm is collected in the "Songs of Accent".



【簡介】...



12/12 詩篇132:1-9,13-18 讚美神的國/神的居所
(背誦13-18節)
1 耶和華啊,求你記念大衛所受的一切苦難。
2 他怎樣向耶和華起誓,向雅各的大能者許願,
3 說:「我必不進我的帳幕,也不上我的床榻。
4 我不容我的眼睛睡覺,也不容我的眼目打盹。
5 直等我為耶和華尋得所在,為雅各的大能者尋得居所。」

6 我們聽說 約櫃在以法他,
我們在基列‧耶琳就尋見了。
7 我們要進他的居所,
在他腳凳前下拜。
8 耶和華啊,求你興起,
和你有能力的約櫃同入安息之所!
9 願你的祭司披上公義!
願你的聖民歡呼!
……
13 因為耶和華揀選了錫安,願意當做自己的居所,
14 說:「這是我永遠安息之所,
我要住在這裡,因為是我所願意的。
15 我要使其中的糧食豐滿,使其中的窮人飽足。
16 我要使祭司披上救恩,聖民大聲歡呼。
17 我要叫大衛的角在那裡發生,
我為我的受膏者預備明燈。
18 我要使他的仇敵披上羞恥,
但他的冠冕要在頭上發光。」






【心得分享】服事神和祂的教會這麼多年,遇到過許多困境和磨難,有時候會覺得有些氣餒。但是神總是在關鍵時刻,對我說話,讓我看見祂要什麼,這首詩篇是其中之一。2005年買會所的過程,在一次週六的禁食禱告會,神又再一次用這個詩篇對我說話。我似乎約略可以體會一點大衛的苦難,和他那個要為 神的約櫃尋找安息之所的迫切。大衛為了滿足 神的需要,寧願自己受苦。如果我們的苦難,不能與 神永遠的旨意,也就是基督與教會,相連,這個苦就受得太不值得了!

大衛一生在戰亂中度過,他特別能體會也焦急神的約櫃流離失所、不得安息。今天的世代,哪裡是 神的安息之處呢?哪裡是神的見證之櫃發光的所在?每一個教會,都是神可以居住的家嗎?祂的心可以在我們中間安息嗎?看哪,神是何等的慈愛!祂用極寶貴的應許來回應那些愛祂、在乎祂同在與見證的子民。在祂所揀選的居所,祂要「使其中的糧食豐滿,使其中的窮人飽足;…使祭司披上救恩,聖民大聲歡呼。」大衛的角,說到神的得勝——哪裡有神的同在,哪裡就有神掌權,仇敵要受羞辱;為神忍受苦難的,卻有發光的冠冕帶在頭上。

大家覺不覺得這首詩,就是一首歌,一步步爬上來,進入神的心意,相交於神的應許和榮耀!難怪這首詩會被收集在「上行詩」的小詩集中。(NY)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Praising Scripture - Dec 11

Introduction...



Psalm 122:1-9 Praise God’s Kingdom/God’s Dwelling Place

(Memorization Scripture: vv. 1-3)
1 I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go into the house of the Lord.”
2 Our feet have been standing
Within your gates, O Jerusalem!
3 Jerusalem is built
As a city that is compact together,

4 Where the tribes go up,
The tribes of the Lord,
To the Testimony of Israel,
To give thanks to the name of the Lord.
5 For thrones are set there for judgment,
The thrones of the house of David.
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
7 Peace be within your walls,
Prosperity within your palaces.”
8 For the sake of my brethren and companions,
I will now say, “Peace be within you.”
9 Because of the house of the Lord our God
I will seek your good.


Psalms 120 to 134 are songs of ascents. These songs profoundly reflect how thankful they were to God when those captive holy people returned to Jerusalem! Psalm 122, a pilgrimage song written by David, records the songs the Israeli sung to God along the way when they heading upwards to the temple of God, which vividly illustrates their love for Jerusalem. As soon as the psalmist came to God, he rejoiced and rejoiced because he loved God and loved the temple of God. Therefore, the psalmist was so happy when he heard someone say "Let us go into the house of the Lord". He rejoiced when they were built up together in the holy city, "As a city that is compact together". Hallelujah! As usual, the twelve tribes of Israel headed to the temple of God, praising the name of the LORD in front of His throne. In the meantime, David appealed to all to seek peace for Jerusalem and blessings for companions.

Hopefully, our hearts will be stirred up by David, so that we can come together to love God and God's house, often worship and praise God in His temple, and pray together for the church: "Jerusalem! May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, Prosperity within your palaces." This is David's prayer, which must be our prayer. (EY)



【簡介】...



12/11 讚美神的國/神的居所

詩篇122:1-9 大衛上行之詩
(背誦1-3節)
1 人對我說「我們往耶和華的殿去」,我就歡喜。
2 耶路撒冷啊,我們的腳站在你的門內。
3 耶路撒冷被建造,如同連絡整齊的一座城。


4 眾支派,就是耶和華的支派,
上那裡去,按以色列的常例
稱讚耶和華的名。
5 因為在那裡設立審判的寶座,
就是大衛家的寶座。

6 你們要為耶路撒冷求平安:
「耶路撒冷啊,愛你的人必然興旺。
7 願你城中平安,願你宮內興旺!」
8 因我弟兄和同伴的緣故,我要說:「願平安在你中間!」
9 因耶和華我們神殿的緣故,我要為你求福。


【心得分享】
詩篇120篇至134篇是上行之詩,本類詩深刻反映出被擄的聖民,他們歸回耶路撒冷時,對 神感恩之心!詩篇122篇是大衛所寫的朝聖詩,記載了以色列人往 神的殿上行時,邊行走邊頌讚 神的詩歌,生動地表達他們對耶路撒冷的愛慕。詩人一來到 神的面前,就歡喜快樂,因他愛 神,也愛 神的殿。所以詩人一聽到有人對他說「我們往耶和華的殿去」,他的心就非常歡喜。當他們進入聖城一同被建造時,「如同連絡整齊的一座城」,他就大大歡喜。哈利路亞!以色列的十二個支派照常例上到 神的殿中,在祂的寶座前同聲讚美耶和華的名。同時,大衛呼籲眾人要為耶路撒冷求平安,為同伴求祝福。

甚願我們的心都被大衛挑旺,一起來愛 神、愛 神的家,並常常到 神的殿中敬拜、讚美 神,同心為教會揚聲禱告:「耶路撒冷啊,愛你的人必然興旺。願你城中平安,願你宮內興旺!」這是大衛的禱告,巴不得也成為我們的禱告。(EY)