Friday, December 22, 2017

Praising Scripture - Dec 22


PSALM 2:1-12 Messianic Psalms
(Memorization Scripture: vv.6-7)
1 Why do the nations rage,
And the people plot a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.”

4 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The Lord shall hold them in derision.
5 Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them in His deep displeasure:
6 “Yet I have set My King
On My holy hill of Zion.”
7 “I will declare the decree:
The Lord has said to Me,
‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.

8 Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron;
You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’”

10 Now therefore, be wise, O kings;
Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
And rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son,lest He be angry,
And you perish in the way,
When His wrath is kindled but a little.
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.

“Your arms are too short to box with God,” it has been said. And yet, isn’t our biggest problem is that we still try? Though it is sheer vanity, the kings of our world continue to counsel together in a rebellion to supplant the Lord God. In this kingly, messianic psalm those hostile kings of the earth are contrasted with the divine King and His Anointed - the Christ. And what is at the heart of their rebellion is a sort of spiritual insanity - they want to break free from God the Father and the Christ because they think the Lord is enslaving when His rule actually delivers bondage-breaking freedom!

What is God’s response? Laughter. God isn’t laughing at man’s sin but his prideful boastings. Only the Lord God sits in heaven and no one will overthrow His rule, His decrees, or His Son. God’s answer to our rebellion is to set His King, Jesus the Christ on His holy hill Zion (vv.4-6). The answer takes root in your heart as you personally praise the Christ who is set as King over every part of your life.

And this is great comfort and worthy of all our praise because God’s righteousness and His Savior will prevail. Look too at the grace of God to which the psalmist draws our attention and that of the kings - there is still time and what the Lord wants is not your destruction but for you to turn this very day from praising yourself to worship of the Son - Be wise, be instructed, serve the Lord, rejoice with trembling, and kiss the Son for blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. (KA)


12/22 詩篇2:1-12 彌賽亞詩篇
2 世上的君王一齊起來,
3 說:「我們要掙開祂們的捆綁,

4 那坐在天上的必發笑,
5 那時,祂要在怒中責備他們,
6 說:「我已經立我的君在錫安我的聖山上了。」
7 受膏者說:「我要傳聖旨。耶和華曾對我說:『你是我的兒子,我今日生你。

8 你求我,我就將列國賜你為基業,將地極賜你為田產。
9 你必用鐵杖打破他們,你必將他們如同窯匠的瓦器摔碎。』」

10 現在你們君王應當醒悟,
11 當存畏懼事奉耶和華,
12 當以嘴親子,恐怕祂發怒,你們便在道中滅亡,



西諺云:“你的胳膊太短,不足以與 神鬥拳”。但是,我們最大的問題難道不是仍然還在嘗試著與 神較力嗎?儘管是純屬虛妄,這個世界的諸王和萬民還在持續的謀算商議如何取代真神,要抵擋 神和祂的受膏者。在這首既是君王詩又是彌賽亞詩的詩篇中, 地上這些充滿敵意的王和神聖的君王並祂的受膏者──基督,形成對比。他們叛逆的中心就在於靈裡的愚蠢──他們想逃離 神,因為他們認為 神在 奴役他們,但事實上,神的法度卻是為他們打破了捆綁並使他們了真自由!

神的反應是什麼呢?大笑。神不是在笑人的罪,而是嗤笑人的自高自大。只有 神坐在高天寶座上,沒有人能夠推翻祂的律法,祂的典章,更無法抵擋祂的兒子。神用「我已經立我的君在錫安我的聖山上了。」(4-6節),回答了這些人的悖逆。當我們用這句話來讚美 神,尊耶穌基督是我們生命中每一個部分的王,這個回答就要生根在我們心裡。

這是一個極大的安慰並且配得我們所有的讚美,因為 神的公義和祂的受膏者會永遠長存。這也是 神的恩典,詩人試著將我們和世上君王的注意力都引向這個恩典 —— 就是我們還有機會和時間,因為 神不是想要毀壞我們,而是要我們省悟並受管教,讚美這個 神所定的日子,從悖逆轉向敬拜祂的兒子 ─應當存畏懼事奉耶和華,又當存戰兢而快樂。當以嘴親子,因為凡投靠祂的,都是有福的。(KA)

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