Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Praising Scripture - Dec 16


12/16 Psalm29:1-11 Praise God In the Midst of Distress
(Memorization Scripture: vv. 10-11)

1 Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones,
Give unto the Lord glory and strength.
2 Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
The God of glory thunders;
The Lord is over many waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars,
Yes, the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes them also skip like a calf,
Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
The Lord shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth,
And strips the forests bare;
And in His temple everyone says, “Glory!”
10 The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood,
And the Lord sits as King forever.
11 The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.

[Sharing] On stormy nights, we tend to focus on our difficulties and losses getting trapped by weaknesses and afflictions. These lead us to complain and even grow distant from God, and yet, the psalmist tells us that even in times of trouble we ought to praise the Lord. It is a great challenge to praise the Lord in difficulty unless we have the habit of praising the Lord on a daily basis. Like David, we ought to know by heart that the Lord is the kind and powerful God who makes all things work together for good to those who love Him (Rom. 8:28).

In this psalm, David mentioned the voice of the Lord seven times (it is powerful, full of majesty...), to remind us that the glory and power of God is mightier than any of this world’s storms and difficulties. Therefore, the children of God should not be afraid of these difficulties which will not last, but rather, we should praise giving to the Lord the glory due His name. “The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood, And the Lord sits as King forever” (v. 10). God loves us so much and He will give strength to His people and bless His people with peace.


12/16 詩篇29:1-11 在困境中讚美 神

1 神的眾子啊,你們要將榮耀、能力歸給耶和華,
2 要將耶和華的名所當得的榮耀歸給祂,
3 耶和華的聲音發在水上,榮耀的 神打雷,
4 耶和華的聲音大有能力,
5 耶和華的聲音震破香柏樹,
6 祂也使之跳躍如牛犢,
7 耶和華的聲音使火焰分岔。
8 耶和華的聲音震動曠野,
9 耶和華的聲音驚動母鹿落胎,樹木也脫落淨光。

10 洪水氾濫之時,耶和華坐著為王;
11 耶和華必賜力量給祂的百姓,

在暴風雨的災難困境中,我們的眼睛往往會聚焦在困境和損失上,軟弱灰心會抓住我們,讓我們心生埋怨甚至是遠離 神。但詩人卻呼籲我們在困境中要讚美敬拜耶和華。碰到困難還能讚美 神是很大的挑戰。除非我們平時就是一個常常讚美 神的人,像大衛一樣真認識 神,深知祂是有慈愛和大能,叫萬事互相效力使我們得益處的 神。
大衛在這裡就一連七次提到「耶和華的聲音大有能力、滿有威嚴…」來提醒我們 神的榮耀和能力,大過所遇任何外在的困境和災難。因此,詩人呼籲住在 神家中的眾子啊,不要因外在暫時的困境恐懼害怕,當來讚美,將耶和華的名所當得的榮耀歸給祂;因為「洪水氾濫之時,耶和華坐著為王,耶和華坐著為王,直到永遠。」 神愛我們,必賜力量和平安的福給屬祂的百姓。

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