Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Daily Scripture - Feb 2

Psalm 34:1-10 (Memorization Scripture8-10) 1 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. 3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together. 4 I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. 5 They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed. 6 This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them. 8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! 9 Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. 10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.



詩篇 34:1-10
(背誦經文 8-10)
1 我要時時稱頌耶和華,讚美他的話必常在我口中。
2 我的心必因耶和華誇耀,謙卑人聽見,就要喜樂。
3 你們和我當稱耶和華為大,一同高舉他的名。
4 我曾尋求耶和華,他就應允我,救我脫離了一切的恐懼。
5 凡仰望他的便有光榮,他們的臉必不蒙羞。
6 我這困苦人呼求,耶和華便垂聽,救我脫離一切患難。
7 耶和華的使者在敬畏他的人四圍安營,搭救他們。
8 你們要嘗嘗主恩的滋味,便知道他是美善。投靠他的人有福了!
9 耶和華的聖民哪,你們當敬畏他,因敬畏他的一無所缺。
10 少壯獅子還缺食忍餓,但尋求耶和華的,什麼好處都不缺。


Friday, November 18, 2022

Thanksgiving Scripture - Nov 18

Thanksgiving Month Introduction...


Psalm 20:1-9
(Memorization Scripture 5,7-9)
1 May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble;
May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
2 May He send you help from the sanctuary,
And strengthen you out of Zion;
3 May He remember all your offerings,
And accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah
4 May He grant you according to your heart’s desire,
And fulfill all your purpose.
5 We will rejoice in your salvation,
And in the name of our God we will set up our banners!
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

6 Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed;
He will answer him from His holy heaven
With the saving strength of His right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.
8 They have bowed down and fallen;
But we have risen and stand upright.
9 Save, Lord! May the King answer us when we call.


[Sharing]This psalm is a prayer of the people and the king before going into battle. In verses 1-5, people ask blessings for the king (May the Lord… answer you, protect you, help you, support you, remember you, accept you, give you, make all your plans succeed]. They pray that God Himself will bring salvation. The enemies trust in chariots and horses which are fearful to the Israelites, but David was full of assurance that God is going to save his anointed ones; the people of God trust in the name of the Lord, they lift up the banners in the name of God (Jehovah Nissi), they will rise up and stand firm. Do the problems we are facing and the surrounding sinister environment often make us fearful and timid? Though we may see an army besieging us, we ask in the name of God that He will open our spiritual eyes and let us see the hills full of His horses and chariots of fire (2 Kings 6:15-17), so that we may proclaim and testify in faith: They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. (v. 8). AMEN!


【感恩月簡介】...

詩篇 20:1-9
(背誦經文:5,7-9)
1 願耶和華在你遭難的日子應允你;願名為雅各的 神高舉你。
2 願祂從聖所救助你,從錫安堅固你,
3 記念你的一切供獻,悅納你的燔祭, (細拉)
4 將你心所願的賜給你,成就你的一切籌算。
5 我們要因祢的救恩誇勝,要奉我們 神的名豎立旌旗。願耶和華成就你一切所求的!
6 現在我知道耶和華救護祂的受膏者,必從祂的聖天上應允他,用右手的能力救護他。
7 有人 靠車,有人 靠馬,但我們要提到耶和華-我們 神的名。
8 他們都屈身仆倒,我們卻起來,立得正直。
9 求耶和華施行拯救,我們呼求的時候,願王應允我們!


【心得分享】這是一首參戰前百姓與王共同的祈禱詩,1-5節百姓爲王求祝福:「願耶和華... ...應允你,高舉你,救助你,堅固你,記念你,悅納你,賜給你,成就你......」並祈求 神親自施行拯救。車與馬是敵人所依靠,以色列人所畏懼的;但大衛充滿了把握,知道 神要救護祂的受膏者。 神的百姓要依靠耶和華的名,靠此豎立旌旗(耶和華尼西),必然得勝,站立到底。(第6-8節) 眼前的困難,險惡的環境,是否也常常叫我們畏懼、膽怯?雖然眼見的是車馬軍兵圍困了我們,但讓我們用信心求告耶和華的名,求祂要開我們屬靈的眼睛,讓我們看見滿山有 神的火車火馬圍繞保護我們(王下6:15-17), 以至於我們都可以在信心的裡面宣告和見證:「他們都屈身仆倒,我們卻起來,立得正直(第8節)」。阿們!

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Thanksgiving Scripture - Nov 17

Thanksgiving Month Introduction...


Psalm 116:8-14
(Memorization Scripture 12-14)
8 For You have delivered my soul from death,
My eyes from tears, And my feet from falling.
9 I will walk before the Lord, In the land of the living.
10 I believed, therefore I spoke, “I am greatly afflicted.”
11 I said in my haste, “All men are liars.”
12 What shall I render to the Lord, For all His benefits toward me?
13 I will take up the cup of salvation, And call upon the name of the Lord.
14 I will pay my vows to the Lord, Now in the presence of all His people.


[Sharing] How do we respond to suffering in hindsight? In this psalm, the psalmist has been delivered from trouble and sorrow as pains of death that had surrounded him, He called on the name of the Lord, and the Lord heard his plea and delivered his soul from death, his eyes from tears, and his feet from falling.
After the psalmist experienced God’s salvation in suffering, he chose to take up the cup of salvation, to call upon the name of the Lord, and to give glory and praise to God. Let's also think about our own situation. How can we look back on suffering and be still thankful? The answer is by remembering His faithfulness to us throughout and delivering us. May David’s response to suffering become our response in facing our own difficulties.



【感恩月簡介】...

詩篇 116:8-14
(背誦經文:12-14)
8 主啊,祢救我的命免了死亡,救我的眼免了流淚,救我的腳免了跌倒。
9 我要在耶和華面前行活人之路。
10 我因信,所以如此說話。
11 我受了極大的困苦。我曾急促地說:「人都是說謊的。」
12 我拿什麼報答耶和華向我所賜的一切厚恩?
13 我要舉起救恩的杯,稱揚耶和華的名。
14 我要在祂眾民面前向耶和華還我的願。


【心得分享】在這首讚美詩中,詩人從宛如死亡的繩索纏繞他的痛苦和悲痛中被解脫出來。神聽了詩人的懇求和聲音,救他的命免了死亡,救他的眼免了流淚,救他的腳免了跌倒。當詩人經歷 神在患難中的搭救之後,他選擇在今後的日子裡,在耶和華面前行活人之路,也要在眾人的面前,舉起救恩的杯,稱揚耶和華的名,將榮耀感恩來歸給 神。讓我們也都思想一下自己的光景與經歷。我們該如何回顧苦難並感恩?答案就是通過牢記祂對我們的信實及拯救。甚願詩人在患難中的反應也成為我們今天面對一切艱難的反應。

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Thanksgiving Scripture - Nov 16

Thanksgiving Month Introduction...


Psalm 142:1-7
(Memorization Scripture 5-7)
1 I cry out to the Lord with my voice;
With my voice to the Lord I make my supplication.
2 I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble.
3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,
Then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk
They have secretly set a snare for me.
4 Look on my right hand and see, For there is no one who acknowledges me;
Refuge has failed me; No one cares for my soul.
5 I cried out to You, O Lord: I said, “You are my refuge,
My portion in the land of the living.
6 Attend to my cry, For I am brought very low;
Deliver me from my persecutors, For they are stronger than I.
7 Bring my soul out of prison, That I may praise Your name;
The righteous shall surround me, For You shall deal bountifully with me.”


[Sharing]Today’s Psalm is a prayer written by David when he was in the cave because of persecution from King Saul. In this psalm, David pleaded his complaint and trouble to God and declared his loneliness, weakness, and helplessness in the midst of enemies trying to overtake him. As an act of faith, David turned to God, he declared “You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.” (v.5) David had faith that God would incline His ear and hear his words, and that God Himself, would ‘Bring my (David’s) soul out of prison’ (v.7), and “The righteous shall surround me (David)” (v.7). From this passage, we find the perfect response to the injustice, trials, despair, and low points of our daily walk with God. We are reminded, by the experiences of David, that no matter which hardship we are going through, we should look upon God with a humble heart like David’s, and put faith in Him that He will deliver us out of all troubles, for He is our refuge and portion, and also our salvation. Together we praise His name!


【感恩月簡介】...

詩篇 142:1-7
(背誦經文:5-7)
大衛在洞裡作的訓誨詩,乃是祈禱。
1 我發聲哀告耶和華,發聲懇求耶和華。
2 我在祂面前吐露我的苦情,陳說我的患難。
3 我的靈在我裡面發昏的時候,祢知道我的道路。在我行的路上,敵人為我暗設網羅。
4 求祢向我右邊觀看,因為沒有人認識我;我無處避難,也沒有人眷顧我。
5 耶和華啊,我曾向祢哀求,我說:「祢是我的避難所,在活人之地祢是我的福分。」
6 求祢側耳聽我的呼求,因我落到極卑之地;求祢救我脫離逼迫我的人,因為他們比我強盛。
7 求祢領我出離被囚之地,我好稱讚祢的名。義人必環繞我,因為祢是用厚恩待我。


【心得分享】本篇是大衛逃避掃羅王時,在洞中所作的訓誨詩。在本詩中,大衛向耶和華哀告他的苦情和患難,並陳訴自己被敵人追殺的孤單、軟弱和無助。他一無隱瞞地告訴他的 神,這些仇敵比他強盛,他現在的景況到了極卑之地。但是,他還是能在信心裡宣告說:「祢是我的避難所;在活人之地,祢是我的福分!」(第5節) 他相信 神會側耳而聽他的呼求,親自「領他出離被囚之地」(第7節),並使義人環繞他,用厚恩待他。在這段經文中,我們找到了在我們每天與 神同行時,如何回應不公正、磨難、絕望和低谷的完美範例。藉著大衛的經歷,提醒我們無論處在什麼困境,甚至心裡發昏、絕望時,都要真實地到 神面前傾心吐意,堅信祂必能帶領我們脫離一切困境,並且有一天,我們還要來稱謝祂!

Monday, November 14, 2022

Thanksgiving Scripture - Nov 15

Thanksgiving Month Introduction...


Psalm 9:1-4,7-14,19-20
(Memorization Scripture 1-2,19-20)
1 I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.

3 When my enemies turn back, They shall fall and perish at Your presence.
4 For You have maintained my right and my cause;
You sat on the throne judging in righteousness....
7 But the Lord shall endure forever; He has prepared His throne for judgment.
8 He shall judge the world in righteousness,
And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness.
9 The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble.
10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;
For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.
11 Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion! Declare His deeds among the people.
12 When He avenges blood, He remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the humble.
13 Have mercy on me, O Lord! Consider my trouble from those who hate me,
You who lift me up from the gates of death,
14 That I may tell of all Your praise, In the gates of the daughter of Zion.
I will rejoice in Your salvation....
19 Arise, O Lord, Do not let man prevail; Let the nations be judged in Your sight.
20 Put them in fear, O Lord, That the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah


[Sharing]“Arise, O Lord! Let not man prevail”. We need to hear this today as our academia, media, and our own hearts brag that mankind is the center of the universe. We need this truth to rule our minds today - this life is neither ruled by us or the threat of our enemies. I can turn to the Lord in great thanksgiving as it is He who sits enthroned forever, it is His justice that rules, and He is the stronghold in whom we can put our trust. Even in the dark days of tragedy and failure in our own lives and in times when it seems evil is winning, our Lord is present with us in the world for He “dwells in Zion” (v. 11), and is actively judging evil (vv. 4, 7-8, 12), and never forgets His people (v.10) but shows such great mercy and care. What does this mean for the psalmist and for me? It means, instead of boasting of myself or cowering in fear and despair, I can publicly (v.14,) praise the Lord with my whole life (v.1) for delivering me from sin, enemies, and death! Let’s sing together today, I will rejoice in your salvation!


【感恩月簡介】...

詩篇 9:1-4,7-14,19-20
(背誦經文:1-2,19-20)
1 我要一心稱謝耶和華;我要傳揚祢一切奇妙的作為。
2 我要因祢歡喜快樂;至高者啊,我要歌頌祢的名!

3 我的仇敵轉身退去的時候,他們一見祢的面就跌倒滅亡。
4 因祢已經為我伸冤,為我辨屈;祢坐在寶座上,按公義審判。...
7 惟耶和華坐著為王,直到永遠;祂已經為審判設擺祂的寶座。
8 祂要按公義審判世界,按正直判斷萬民。
9 耶和華又要給受欺壓的人作高臺,在患難的時候作高臺。
10 耶和華啊,認識祢名的人要倚靠祢,因祢沒有離棄尋求祢的人。
11 應當歌頌居錫安的耶和華,將祂所行的傳揚在眾民中。
12 因為那追討流人血之罪的-祂記念受屈的人,不忘記困苦人的哀求。
13 耶和華啊,祢是從死門把我提拔起來的;求祢憐恤我,看那恨我的人所加給我的苦難,
14 好叫我述說祢一切的美德;我必在錫安城 (- 原文是女子) 的門因祢的救恩歡樂。...
19 耶和華啊,求祢起來,不容人得勝,願外邦人在祢面前受審判!
20 耶和華啊,求祢使外邦人恐懼,願他們知道自己不過是人!(細拉)


【心得分享】「耶和華啊,求祢起來,不容人得勝!」在這個以「人」为宇宙中心的時代,多麼需要聽到這樣一句話!當學術界,媒體,和我們的心不停地抬高「人」的地位時,這個道理一定要緊緊地控制我們的思想:我的一生不是被「我」或者我的敵人掌控。我要轉眼仰望 神,感謝祂,因祂永遠坐在寶座,祂的公義掌權,並且祂是我們的堡壘。甚至在我們悲傷和失敗的時候,好像仇敵在誇勝的時候,主依然與我們同在, 因祂是「居錫安的耶和華」(第11節)。祂在審判罪惡(第4,7,8,12節),也從不忘記祂的子民(第10節),何等的憐憫和慈愛。這對詩篇的作者、對我意味著什麼?它意味著我們不當自誇,也不當畏懼或絕望,而是在公眾前(第14節)一心(第1節)讚美祂。因祂救贖我們脫離罪、仇敵、甚至死亡!我們應當今日一起歌唱:「我因祢的救恩歡樂!」

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Thanksgiving Scripture - Nov 14

Thanksgiving Month Introduction...


Psalm 34:1-8
(Memorization Scripture 1-3,7-8)
1 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.

4 I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed.
6 This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them.
8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!


[Sharing] After David departed from Abimelech the king of the Philistines, he wrote this psalm to give thanks to God for answering him when he called upon the Lord in distress, listening to his prayer in trouble. David said “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (v. 1). Also the psalmist invited us to exalt His name and to give thanks to God, for He sent His messengers far off and encamped all around those who fear Him, so that those who looked to Him will not be ashamed. When you face challenges and go through a spiritual valley, please do not forget that our God is good. Open your eyes of faith and look around, “The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them.” (v. 7) For we not only see, but taste the Grace of the Lord, and we (shall) live through the greatness of God day by day. David said: “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.” (v. 19) Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

【感恩月簡介】...

詩篇 34:1-8
(背誦經文:1-3,7-8)
大衛在亞比米勒面前裝瘋,被他趕出去,就作這詩。
1 我要時時稱頌耶和華,讚美祂的話必常在我口中。
2 我的心必因耶和華誇耀,謙卑人聽見,就要喜樂。
3 你們和我當稱耶和華為大,一同高舉祂的名。

4 我曾尋求耶和華,祂就應允我,救我脫離了一切的恐懼。
5 凡仰望祂的便有光榮,他們的臉必不蒙羞。
6 我這困苦人呼求,耶和華便垂聽,救我脫離一切患難。
7 耶和華的使者在敬畏祂的人四圍安營,搭救他們。
8 你們要嘗嘗主恩的滋味,便知道祂是美善。投靠祂的人有福了!


【心得分享】 大衛從非利士王亞比米勒面前逃離後,就作詩感謝 神在急難中應允他的尋求;在困苦艱難中垂聽他的禱告;救他脫離了一切的恐懼和患難。他說:「我要時時稱頌耶和華,讚美祂的話必常在我口中」。也邀請我們和他一同來高舉稱謝耶和華的名,因為祂差派使者四圍安營保守敬畏祂的人,叫凡仰望祂的人必不蒙羞。
當你遇到困境和屬靈低谷時,千萬不要忘記,我們的 神是美善的,張開你信心的眼睛看:「祂使者正在你的四圍安營,如同當年滿山的火車火馬圍繞以利沙一樣圍繞你」。不但看見,而且我們還要去嘗嘗主的恩典,在每天的實際生活去經歷 神的美善。大衛說:「義人多有苦難,但耶和華救他脫離這一切」。(參詩34:19)真是感謝主,投靠祂的人有福了!

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Thanksgiving Scripture - Nov 13

Thanksgiving Month Introduction...


Psalm 103:1-13
(Memorization Scripture 1-5,8-13)
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6 The Lord executes righteousness. And justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
9 He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him.


[Sharing] Have you ever talked to your heart? When facing extreme difficulties, have you ever encouraged yourself to bless the Lord? David started with “Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!” in the psalm today, and it feels like he needed to consciously encourage himself to give thanks to our Lord. David reminded himself to not forget all of the Lord’s blessings - the forgiveness of all of his iniquities, the healing of all his diseases, the redemption of his life from destruction, and being crowned with lovingkindness and tender mercies. David was also able to give thanks to the Lord as God satisfied his mouth with good things, so that his youth was renewed like the eagles. As David counted God’s blessings one by one, the Spirit enlightened him to acknowledge God’s everlasting mercy and love, a love so wide, so long, so deep, and so high that it goes well beyond our knowledge.
Maybe you’re facing some challenging situations right now that drain you, but like David you can encourage yourself not to be overwhelmed! In spite of all life’s afflictions, let’s remind ourselves to proclaim- “Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits”!



【感恩月簡介】...

詩篇 103:1-13
(背誦經文:1-5,8-13)
1 我的心哪,你要稱頌耶和華;凡在我裡面的,也要稱頌祂的聖名!
2 我的心哪,你要稱頌耶和華,不可忘記祂的一切恩惠。
3 祂赦免你的一切罪孽,醫治你的一切疾病。
4 祂救贖你的命脫離死亡,以仁愛和慈悲為你的冠冕。
5 祂用美物使你所願的得以知足,以致你如鷹返老還童。

6 耶和華施行公義,為一切受屈的人申冤。
7 祂使摩西知道祂的法則,叫以色列人曉得祂的作為。
8 耶和華有憐憫,有恩典,不輕易發怒,且有豐盛的慈愛。
9 祂不長久責備,也不永遠懷怒。
10 祂沒有按我們的罪過待我們,也沒有照我們的罪孽報應我們。
11 天離地何等的高,祂的慈愛向敬畏祂的人也是何等的大。
12 東離西有多遠,祂叫我們的過犯離我們也有多遠。
13 父親怎樣憐恤他的兒女,耶和華也怎樣憐恤敬畏祂的人。


【心得分享】 你是否曾經向自己說話?當你在面對人生的低谷的時候,你是否曾經鼓勵你自己要來稱頌耶和華?在今天的詩篇中,大衛一開始就講到「我的心哪,你要稱頌耶和華;凡在我裡面的,也要稱頌祂的聖名!」似乎大衛的心也需要一些的鼓勵才能向 神發出感恩。大衛提醒自己不可忘記耶和華 神的一切恩惠。祂是如何赦免他一切的罪孽,醫治他的一切疾病;不僅僅救贖他的命脫離死亡,更以仁愛和慈悲為他的冠冕;還用美物使大衛所願的得以知足,以致大衛能常常如鷹返老還童。當他這樣一一數算 神的恩典,聖靈就開啟他認識了 神的慈愛和憐憫,實在是何等的長闊高深,過於我們能測度的!
也許就在今天,你的生活中就有一些的難處,但請不要讓你被自己低沉的心所轄制。相反的,我們如大衛一樣,也來告訴自己:「我的心哪,你要稱頌耶和華;凡在我裡面的,也要稱頌祂的聖名!我的心哪,你要稱頌耶和華,不可忘記祂的一切恩惠。」