Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Praising Scripture - Dec 20


PSALM27:1-6 Praise God Before The Enemy
(Memorization Scripture: vv.4-6)
1The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked came against me
To eat up my flesh,
My enemies and foes,
They stumbled and fell.
3 Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me,
In this I will be confident.
4 One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.
5 For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock.
6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;
Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.


At times when we face enemies or go through hard times, feeling afraid might be our very natural reaction. Whether we admit it or not, that fear often consumes us, occupies our minds and causes us to lose our peace. Although going through tough times is inevitable, in this passage, the psalmist points us to the ultimate help that we can have to overcome fear: hope in the Lord, dwell in the house of the Lord, and allow him to protect us.

When David was a shepherd boy, he had to face lions and bears in the wilderness. Later on, he had to fight Goliath, run from King Saul, face the betrayal by Absalom and prepare for the repeated threats from the Philistines. During all those hard times, he learned to turn his eyes to God. So verses 1-3 was him speaking to himself and reminding himself: The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? David longs to dwell in the house of the Lord and be in God’s presence. This is what he was seeking. For he knows that whenever he is in great trouble, the Lord shall hide him in His pavilion and protect him in the secret place of His tabernacle. The Lord shall set him high upon a rock so that he can overcome fear and be lifted up above his enemies, still singing, offering sacrifices of joy and praising the Lord.

Are you also facing great difficulties? Are you eager for such a breakthrough? Then try what David did: turn your eyes to the Lord, and He will save you from fear, and you will sing and praise Him.


詩篇27:1-6 在仇敵面前讚美神
1 耶和華是我的亮光,是我的拯救,我還怕誰呢?
2 那作惡的,就是我的仇敵,
3 雖有軍兵安營攻擊我,我的心也不害怕;

4 有一件事,我曾求耶和華,我仍要尋求:
5 因為我遭遇患難,

6 現在我得以昂首,高過四面的仇敵。



大衛自幼放羊,遭遇過獅子和熊,後來面對巨人哥利亞的挑戰、掃羅的追殺、押沙龍的叛變,和非利士人多次的威脅。在人生面對這麽多的仇敵和危險時,他學會了轉眼仰望 神。所以1-3節他對自己説話,提醒自己:耶和華是我的亮光,是我的拯救,我還怕誰呢?耶和華是我性命的保障,我還懼誰呢?大衛渴望住在耶和華的殿中,經歷祂的同在,這是他曾經尋求,仍要尋求的一件事。因爲他知道每當遭遇患難,耶和華必暗暗的保守他,將他藏在祂帳幕的隱秘處,高舉在磐石上,以致能夠從懼怕到昂首,高過四面的仇敵,並且可以歡然獻祭,唱詩,歌頌耶和華。


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