Monday, December 11, 2017

Praising Scripture - Dec 11


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)


12/11 讚美神的國/神的居所

詩篇122:1-9 大衛上行之詩
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,
5 因為在那裡設立審判的寶座,

6 你們要為耶路撒冷求平安:
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。

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)

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