詩篇九十八篇

一篇詩。

1 你們要向耶和華唱新歌,因為祂行過奇妙的事,祂的右手和聖臂施行救恩。
2 耶和華發明了祂的救恩,在列邦人眼前顯出公義。
3 記念祂向以色列家所發的慈愛、所憑的信實,地的四極都看見我們神的救恩。
4 全地都要向耶和華歡樂,要發起大聲歡呼歌頌!
5 要用琴歌頌耶和華,用琴和詩歌的聲音歌頌祂,
6 用號和角聲在大君王耶和華面前歡呼!
7 願海和其中所充滿的澎湃,世界和住在其間的也要發聲!
8 願大水拍手,願諸山在耶和華面前一同歡呼!
9 因為祂來要審判遍地,祂要按公義審判世界,按公正審判萬民。

從93篇開始,每一篇都有讚美的主題。假如要請你寫下一些讚美神的話,你會在哪些方面讚美神呢?

讚美神有時候並不容易,尤其是心情不好或健康欠佳時。好像你若身處在現在的香港,你可能只會問:「神啊,祢在哪裡?」很難在滿是催淚彈的街道上讚美神吧?當我寫這篇靈修時,頸背十分酸痛。這事己經有幾天,每天好一點,服用肌肉鬆弛劑後,人感到比較舒服時就趕快動手寫靈修。這經歷使我對那些經常在疼痛中的人充滿同情,我這是短暫的痛,但有很多人身上背著長期的疼痛,也因而有許多人要倚靠大麻,或是祈求安樂死。

Don’t Marry an Unbeliever + What to Do When You Receive Upsetting News

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Ezra 9:1-15.  Let’s go!

Ezra 9:1-2 (NIV) 
1  After these things had been done, the leaders came to me and said, “The people of Israel, including the priests and the Levites, have not kept themselves separate from the neighboring peoples with their detestable practices, like those of the Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Ammonites, Moabites, Egyptians and Amorites. 
2  They have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and their sons, and have mingled the holy race with the peoples around them. And the leaders and officials have led the way in this unfaithfulness.”

On verses 1-2:  Ezra learns that his fellow Israelite men, including priests, Levites, leaders and officials, have sinned by marrying foreign women who do not believe in the Lord.  In doing so, they disobeyed God’s command not to marry an unbeliever.    What is so bad, harmful and dangerous about marrying someone who does not believe in the Lord?