Devotional Journal 05-30-16

Posted on May 29, 2016 in 每日靈糧

2016年 5月30日

由心讚美

上帝啊,憂傷痛悔的心,祢必不輕看。-詩篇51篇17節

我朋友米娜在國外旅行時,曾參加當地一間教會的聚會。她注意到人們一進入教堂,就會馬上背向講台屈膝禱告。後來米娜才知道,這間教會的會友在敬拜開始之前,都會先向上帝認罪。

在我看來,這種謙卑的態度,就是大衛在詩篇51篇中所描寫的景象:「上帝所要的祭,就是憂傷的靈。上帝啊,憂傷痛悔的心,祢必不輕看」(17節)。大衛的這段話,是他與拔示巴犯姦淫罪之後的懊悔與認罪。真正為罪憂傷的人,會從上帝的眼光來看自己所做之事,知道那的確是罪,進而厭惡罪,並且不願一錯再錯。

只要真心認罪悔改,慈愛的上帝就會赦免我們,使我們得潔淨。「我們若認自己的罪,上帝是信實的,是公義的,必要赦免我們的罪,洗淨我們一切的不義」(約翰一書1章9節)。上帝的赦免使我們可以坦然無懼地來到祂面前,這也是我們開始向上帝獻上讚美的最佳時機。當大衛懊悔、認罪並蒙上帝赦免後,他回應說:「主啊,求祢使我嘴唇張開,我的口便傳揚讚美祢的話。」(詩篇51篇15節)

我們要謙卑地面對上帝的聖潔,並以讚美來感謝祂的赦免。

親愛的上帝,幫助我不為罪找理由或試圖將其淡化。當我為罪憂傷時,求祢潔淨我,讓我能毫無阻隔地讚美祢。

心靈得釋放,就會發出讚美之歌。

May 30, 2016

Praise from Pure Hearts

A broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. Psalm 51:17

During my friend Myrna’s travels to another country, she visited a church for worship. She noticed that as people entered the sanctuary they immediately knelt and prayed, facing away from the front of the church. My friend learned that people in that church confessed their sin to God before they began the worship service.

This act of humility is a picture to me of what David said in Psalm 51: “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise” (v. 17). David was describing his own remorse and repentance for his sin of adultery with Bathsheba. Real sorrow for sin involves adopting God’s view of what we’ve done—seeing it as clearly wrong, disliking it, and not wanting it to continue.

When we are truly broken over our sin, God lovingly puts us back together. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). This forgiveness produces a fresh sense of openness with Him and is the ideal starting point for praise. After David repented, confessed, and was forgiven by God, he responded by saying, “Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise” (Ps. 51:15).

Humility is the right response to God’s holiness. And praise is our heart’s response to His forgiveness.

Dear God, help me never to excuse or minimize my sin. Please meet me in my brokenness, and let nothing hold me back from praising Your name.

Praise is the song of a soul set free.

Every Time I Pray

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Streams In The Desert — By L. B. Cowman

I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from my Father. (John 15:15)

Years ago there was an old German professor whose beautiful life was a marvel to his students. Some of them resolved to know the secret of it; so one of their number hid in the study where the old professor spent his evenings.

It was late when the teacher came in. He was very tired, but he sat down and spent an hour with his Bible. Then he bowed his head in secret prayer; and finally closing the Book of books, he said,

Well, Lord Jesus, we’re on the same old terms.”

To know Him is life’s highest attainment; and at all costs, every Christian should strive to be “on the same old terms with Him.”

The reality of Jesus comes as a result of secret prayer, and a personal study of the Bible that is devotional and sympathetic. Christ becomes more real to the one who persists in the cultivation of His presence.

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經文: 詩篇第一○三、一○四篇

鑰節: 「我的心哪,你要稱頌耶和華;凡在我裡面的,也要稱頌祂的聖名」(詩一○三:1)

提要:

詩篇第一○三篇大衛所撰,而且是讚美耶和華的辭藻最優美的詩篇之一。大衛用他的心靈誠實頌讚耶和華,並且展示他對屬靈的事物有深刻的認識。詩人的話語是純潔愉悅的,不帶一點受傷或抱怨。他對心靈說,要記住耶和華的福氣(103:2)。他計算自己從耶和華那裡領受到的恩惠,以及他列舉這些恩惠,就是要鼓勵別人也去祈求上帝賜予相同的恩惠。這裡所列的最大的福氣就是:「耶和華赦免你一切罪孽」。祂也醫治我們身體與靈性上的疾病;祂用耶穌的寶血拯救我們的靈魂脫離滅亡;祂以仁愛和慈悲為你的冠冕,祂以美物使你所願的得以滿足,以致你如鷹返老還童(103:1~5)。

詩人也記住耶和華賜給他國家的福氣,就是耶和華施行公義,為一切受壓迫的伸冤(103:6)。祂也本著愛心向摩西啟示祂自己及祂的道(出於祂與摩西的親密關係),而且祂向以色列的後裔展示祂強力的作為。耶和華應大受讚美,因為祂有豐富的慈愛、恩典、及忍耐,而且也不按他們罪過待他們(103:8~10)。詩人使用了很多的例子說明上帝如何用祂做父親的慈愛、寬恕,及憐憫祂軟弱的兒女(103:11~14)。

在聽到這些恩惠都是來自上帝直接的慈愛時,世上的每個人自然都想得到它們;可是想得到這些恩惠還是有一個條件的,耶和華的慈愛與公義祇賜給那些敬畏祂的人、忠心守祂約的人,以及在生活裡實踐祂誡命的人(103:17、18)。上帝的偉大、良善、及權能,要求一切被祂造的在各處大大地讚美祂,包括聽從祂命令,成全祂旨意,有大能的天使也要稱頌祂(103:20~22)。

詩篇第一○四篇在很多方面類似第一○三篇。它們以相同的話作為開始和結束,即要求大衛從心底深處讚美耶和華;這就是這些詩篇的基本目的──榮耀耶和華。詩篇第一○四篇描述上帝創造的奇妙。詩人描述上帝歷來是宇宙及其中萬物的創造主,也是祂所有受造物的協調者與支持者。祂不祇是創造世界、使它自行運作;注視地面上發生的每一件事,並且要看顧它。

創世記一章三節談到,上帝在第一天創造了光,然而太陽與月亮直到第四天才創造。詩人用詩句解說,光是由上帝本身發射出來的,然後祂鋪張穹蒼「如鋪幔子」(104:2;創 1:6~8)。詩人繼續用生動的方式描述上帝如何造出最重要的水,遮蓋地面的水順從上帝的命令,流向上帝為它們所造的地方,然後祂又創造了乾地,定了水的界限(104:6~9;比較創 1:9~10)。

耶和華從祂的「樓閣」中提供泉源滿足所有活物(人類、牲畜、及植物)的需求──泉源是祂所施的恩典(太 5:45)。詩人說明上帝如何命定自然律(如地心吸力),以及沒有一樣東西是偶然發生的。上帝在創造太陽與月亮之後,就定節令和日夜(創 1:14),以及祂的受造物都和諧地生存在祂所命定的環境中。百獸都在夜間活動,而人類則處在白天勞動(104:20~23)。

上帝在創造時所展示的無限智慧使詩人感到驚異。上帝在海洋中創造的無數的受造物使詩人敬畏。誠然,就是在今天,新的水中生命依然不斷地為人發現。不論是在海中或地上,每一種受造物都要倚靠上帝(104:27~30)。祂聚集萬物,並且維持他們的生活,因為「萬有都在祂的裡面」(西 1:16~17;來 1:3;約 1:3;啟 4:11)。在思想到上帝的偉大時(那是我們應該做的事),詩人就毫不猶疑地決定,祇要他有一口氣在,他就會讚美耶和華,並且要呼喊:「哈利路亞」(希伯來字原義「讚美耶和華」(104:35)。

禱告:哦,主啊,我們的心裡充滿了讚美,因為我們數算了祢賜給我們的那麼多恩惠。每當我們想到萬物的創造主竟然如此親切地關顧我們之中的每一個人時,我們就想到祂實在是一位奇妙的上帝。主啊,我們今天就盼望更加親近祢。奉主耶穌基督聖名,阿們!

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The True Intent Of The Law

Jesus said to them, ‘I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?’— Luke 6:9

During World War II, France was occupied by Nazi Germany. Anyone caught helping Jews would be killed or sent to concentration camps. In the small village of La Chambon, Pastor Andre Troceme and his Protestant church decided to hide Jews in their homes, provide them with new identities, and integrate their children into their schools. This pastor and his parishioners were credited with saving 5,000 Jewish lives. They violated the Nazi’s hateful law and risked their own lives to help others.

During Jesus’ time, a man with a deformed hand had worshiped in the synagogue for years. But on one particular Sabbath day, he met Jesus. “Get up and stand in front of everyone,” said Jesus. As the man got up, he was probably not sure what was going to happen, but he was willing to obey. And Jesus was willing to demonstrate, especially on the Sabbath, that God was interested in helping his people. Jesus was God’s answer in ushering in his kingdom of mercy, grace, and restoration. Jesus was not made for the Sabbath; he fulfilled it in his coming as the true Messiah.

Doing good on any day is the best way to live by the will of God. Visit a sick friend, help a single mother, mentor a child. Let’s go and act like Jesus today!          

活出律法的真義

「耶穌對他們說、我問你們、在安息日行善行惡、救命害命、那樣是可以的呢?」 – 路 6:9

第二次世界大戰時,德國佔領了法國。倘若有人幫助猶太人,一旦被發現的話,將會被殺死或被送到集中營。在小鎮La Chambon,當地的牧師Troceme和他的教會決定把猶太人藏匿在自己家中;給他們新的身份,並且讓自己的孩子也就讀猶太孩子的學校。據說,這位牧師和他的會眾共救了五千個猶太人的性命。他們無畏納粹法律的無情,冒著生命危險來拯救他人。

在耶穌時代,有一個右手枯乾的人,在會堂裡敬拜神已經很多年了。在一個特別的安息日,他遇見了耶穌。耶穌對他說:「起來,站在當中。」當那人起 身站立時,他可能不太確定到底會發生什麼事,但他還是服從了。那天是安息日,耶穌願意表明神對人的關愛,彰顯祂的大能。耶穌是神所差派來到世間的,為要建 立那滿有恩慈憐憫,以大能掌權的國度。耶穌不是為了安息日的規條而來,祂是安息日的主,要以彌賽亞的身份來成就安息。

每一天都按著神的旨意行善,是最好的生活方式。不論是拜訪生病的朋友,幫助單身的母親,或是引導孩子的心靈,都讓我們活像耶穌吧!

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