Sunday, December 3, 2017

Praising Scripture - Dec 3


Psalm 33:1-11
(Memorization Scripture: vv. 1-4)
1 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous!
For praise from the upright is beautiful.
2 Praise the Lord with the harp;
Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings.
3 Sing to Him a new song;
Play skillfully with a shout of joy.
4 For the word of the Lord is right,
And all His work is done in truth.

5 He loves righteousness and justice;
The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
7 He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap;[a]
He lays up the deep in storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
9 For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast.
10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.
11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
The plans of His heart to all generations.

This psalm praises the Lord for His being and His work. At the beginning, the psalmist calls upon the upright and righteous people who fear the Lord to rejoice in the Lord and to praise Him. He teaches us to sing a new song to the Lord with the harp and a shout of joy, and to offer our praises. This is a great reminder for us - do we really rejoice in the Lord? We should worship and praise the Lord with enthusiasm, with our hearts, mouths and hands, and with all our hearts and bodies. There is no concern about our own feelings and how others look at us, but only praising the Lord who loves us, for He is our only focus and object during worship. Such praise is both due and beautiful.

Hallelujah... Lord our God! We shall praise You, too! For Your word is right and absolutely reliable, all Your work is done in truth, and You are a faithful God of mercy!

Hallelujah... Lord our God! We praise You! For You created the massive universe and the beautiful nature with word (command, breath). You are God who spoke and it was done, who commanded and it stood fast.

Hallelujah... Lord our God! We praise You! For Your counsel stands forever, the plans of Your heart to all generations. You are who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty! (JZ)


1 義人哪,你們應當靠耶和華歡樂!

2 你們應當彈琴稱謝耶和華
3 應當向祂唱新歌,
4 因為耶和華的言語正直,

5 祂喜愛仁義、公平,
6 諸天藉耶和華的命而造,
7 祂聚集海水如壘,
8 願全地都敬畏耶和華,
9 因為祂說有,就有;
10 耶和華使列國的籌算歸於無有,
11 耶和華的籌算永遠立定,

這是一首讚美 神所是與所為的詩篇。詩人開始便呼籲敬畏 神的義人和正直人,都當以耶和華為樂並要讚美稱謝祂。詩人教導眾人當用琴瑟和洪亮的聲音向 神唱新歌,來獻上我們讚美的祭。這給我們一個很好的提醒,我們若是真以耶和華為樂,就當帶著熱情用我們的心、用我們的口、用我們的手,全心全人的來敬拜讚美 神,無需顧慮自己的面子和別人的眼光,只單單讚美愛我們的 神,因祂是我們讚美敬拜時唯一的焦點和對象,這樣的讚美敬拜是應當的,也是合宜的。
哈利路亞…主耶和華我們的 神!我們也要讚美祢!因為祢的言語正直絕對可信;作為盡都誠實絕無錯誤,祢是信實慈愛的 神。
哈利路亞…主耶和華我們的 神!我們讚美祢!因為祢用口中的話(命、氣)創造浩瀚的宇宙和美麗的自然;祢是說有,就有;命立,就立的 神。
哈利路亞…主耶和華我們的 神!我們讚美祢!因為祢的籌算永遠立定,祢心中的思念萬代常存;祢是昔在、今在、以後永在的全能者! (JZ)

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