Saturday, November 25, 2017

Thanksgiving Scripture - Nov 25


Day 25 Psalm 86:1-13
(Prayer for Mercy, with Meditation on the Excellencies of the Lord
A Prayer of David.)
(Memorization Scripture: vv. 8-10)
1 Bow down Your ear, O Lord, hear me;
For I am poor and needy.
2 Preserve my life, for I am holy;
You are my God;
Save Your servant who trusts in You!
3 Be merciful to me, O Lord,
For I cry to You all day long.
4 Rejoice the soul of Your servant,
For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
5 For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive,
And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
And attend to the voice of my supplications.
7 In the day of my trouble I will call upon You,
For You will answer me.
8 Among the gods there is none like You, O Lord;
Nor are there any works like Your works.
9 All nations whom You have made
Shall come and worship before You, O Lord,
And shall glorify Your name.
10 For You are great, and do wondrous things;
You alone are God.

11 Teach me Your way, O Lord;
I will walk in Your truth;
Unite my heart to fear Your name.
12 I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
And I will glorify Your name forevermore.
13 For great is Your mercy toward me,
And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

The Psalms today teach us how to pray to God in trouble. In the affliction, David not only humbly turns to God all day long, but also in faith he believes God would answer his cry. David realizes that the Lord God can do much more than merely saving him from distress - for He is great, He alone is God, none of the gods are comparable to Him; and the unique true God is willing to save him from suffering - because He is good, willing to forgive, with abundant love for all who call on Him!

Even more wonderful is that in the affliction, David not only seeks God to save him from trouble, but also he prays to God for his Word for him to act according to the truth of God and asks for a fearing heart for the name of God.

Finally, David's prayer in adversity turns into praise and gratitude to God - "I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And I will glorify Your name forevermore."He no longer just focuses on the affair, but instead on the salvation that God has made, and he knows that the love God that has given to him is great, for He has saved the soul of David from deep darkness.

May David's prayers and compliments to God in times of trouble also be our testimony in affliction today!


Day 25 詩篇86:1-13 患難中向 神的呼求和讚美
1 耶和華啊,求你側耳應允我, 因我是困苦窮乏的。
2 求你保存我的性命,因我是虔誠人。
我的 神啊,求你拯救這倚靠你的僕人!
3 主啊,求你憐憫我,因我終日求告你。
4 主啊,求你使僕人心裏歡喜, 因為我的心仰望你。
5 主啊,你本為良善,樂意饒恕人,有豐盛的慈愛賜給凡求告你的人。
6 耶和華啊,求你留心聽我的禱告,垂聽我懇求的聲音。
7 我在患難之日要求告你,因為你必應允我。

8 主啊,諸神之中沒有可比你的;你的作為也無可比。
9 主啊,你所造的萬民都要來敬拜你;他們也要榮耀你的名。
10 因你為大,且行奇妙的事; 惟獨你是 神。

11 耶和華啊,求你將你的道指教我;我要照你的真理行; 求你使我專心敬畏你的名!
12 主-我的 神啊,我要一心稱讚你;我要榮耀你的名,直到永遠。
13 因為,你向我發的慈愛是大的;你救了我的靈魂免入極深的陰間。

今天的詩篇教導我們在患難中當如何向 神禱告。在患難中,大衛不僅僅謙卑地來到 神的面前來終日求告 神,更是在信心中相信 神會應允他的呼求 。因為大衛認識到這位耶和華 神不僅僅能夠救他脫離患難 - 因祂為大,惟獨祂是 神,諸神之中沒有可比祂的;而且這一位獨一的真 神樂意來拯救他脫離患難 - 因祂本為良善,樂意饒恕人,有豐盛的慈愛賜給凡求告祂的人!
更奇妙的是,在患難中,大衛不僅僅求 神來救他脫離患難,更是在禱告中求 神將祂的道指教他從而他可以照著 神的真理而行,並求 神使祂專心敬畏祂的名!
最後,大衛在患難中的求告居然轉成了向 神的讚美和感恩 - 『主-我的 神啊,我要一心稱讚你;我要榮耀你的名,直到永遠』!因為他不再只是定睛在眼前的患難,而是看見 神所做成的救恩,他知道 神向他發的慈愛是大的,因祂救了大衛的靈魂免入極深的陰間!
甚願大衛在困境中向 神的禱告和讚美也能夠成為我們今天在患難中的見證!

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