Friday, December 29, 2017

Praising Scripture - Dec 29


PSALM146:1-10 The Hallelujah Psalms
(Memorization Scripture: vv.3-5)
1 Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
2 While I live I will praise the Lord;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
3 Do not put your trust in princes,
Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.
4 His spirit departs, he returns to his earth;
In that very day his plans perish.
5 Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in the Lord his God,

6 Who made heaven and earth,
The sea, and all that is in them;
Who keeps truth forever,
7 Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners.
8 The Lord opens the eyes of the blind;
The Lord raises those who are bowed down;
The Lord loves the righteous.
9 The Lord watches over the strangers;
He relieves the fatherless and widow;
But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.
10 The Lord shall reign forever—
Your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord!


The passage is a group of hymns. The psalmist stressed that we should come to praise the Lord through our entire life, because our God is worthy. Trust that He will protect his children and lead us to victory! Therefore, even we are facing difficulties or being oppressed, we need to have faith and turn our eyes to God. At the same time, the psalmist warns us not to "rely on the kings of the world," because once their spirits depart, they return to earth. We should fix our eyes and "look upon the Lord," for “happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God."

Therefore, the psalmist here can’t help but praise the Lord, for He is not only the God who created heaven, earth, sea, and all things, but also the God who has mercy and love for those who are wronged, hungry, imprisoned, oppressed, orphans and widows, and all those who have no one to depend on. Hallelujah! This is the God who helps and protects!

At the end, the psalmist loudly proclaimed, "The Lord shall reign forever!" He urged the people of Zion to come and praise God. Amen! "While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being!"


12/29 詩篇146:1-10 哈里路亞詩篇

2 我一生要讚美耶和華,

3 你們不要倚靠君王,
4 他的氣一斷,就歸回塵土,
5 以雅各的神為幫助,

6 耶和華造天、地、海和其中的萬物,
7 祂為受屈的申冤,
8 耶和華開了瞎子的眼睛,
9 耶和華保護寄居的,
10 耶和華要做王直到永遠。


本篇詩篇是一首團體的讚美詩,詩人特別強調我們一生都要來讚美耶和華,因為我們的 神本來就配受大讚美。深信,祂必保守祂的兒女,並帶領他們爭戰得勝!所以,不論我們在面對困苦或受欺壓時,我們需要在信心裡仰望 神,同時,詩人也提醒我們切莫「倚靠君王」或「世人」,因為他們一斷氣,就歸回塵土,但是我們要來專心「仰望耶和華」,因為「 以雅各的 神為幫助,仰望耶和華他 神的,這人便為有福!」

所以,詩人在這裡忍不住地要來歌頌 神,因為祂不僅是創造天、地、海、和萬物的 神,更是顧念那些受屈、飢餓、被囚的人,受壓、寄居的人,瞎子、孤兒寡婦,及一切無依無靠的人,哈里路亞!這位 神卻這麼願意親自成為他們的倚靠,他們的保護!

最後,詩人高聲宣告「耶和華要做王直到永遠!」,同時,他也呼籲錫安的子民都來讚美 神。阿們!「我一生要讚美耶和華,我還活的時候要歌頌我的 神!」 (EY)

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