Friday, November 17, 2017

Thanksgiving Scripture - Nov 17


Day 17 Psalm 116:8-14 Giving thanks after experiencing God’s salvation in suffering
(Memorization Scripture: vv. 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.

How do we respond to suffering? In today’s psalm, the psalmist encountered trouble and sorrow as pains of death surrounded him, the pangs of Sheol laid hold of him, and as he was greatly afflicted. In his suffering, realizing that no one is able to help him he called on the name of the Lord. 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. May his response to suffering become our response in facing our own difficulties.


Day 17 詩篇116:8-14 經歷 神在患難中的搭救後的感恩
8 主啊,你救我的命免了死亡,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 我要在他眾民面前向耶和華還我的願。

你我在患難中當如何反應?在今天的詩篇中,詩人遭遇患難愁苦:死亡的繩索纏繞他,陰間的痛苦抓住他,他受了極大的困苦。他在這一切的患難中體會到人沒有辦法幫助他,因此他便求告耶和華的名。而 神聽了詩人的的懇求和聲音,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里,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。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。(MC)

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