詩篇一百卅四篇

上行之詩。

1 耶和華的僕人,夜間站在耶和華殿中的,你們當稱頌耶和華!
2 你們當向聖所舉手,稱頌耶和華!
3 願造天地的耶和華,從錫安賜福給你們!

上行到耶路撒冷是朝聖者的心願,這些人一來希望能夠有機會去聖殿敬拜神,二來希望能享受到與屬靈肢體的溝通,三來則希望領受到神的祝福。因此在〈詩篇〉第133篇裡說到弟兄和睦同居是何等的美,何等的善,似乎在講一個屬靈的高峰就是享受與主內肢體和睦同居的關係,也就是說倘若在主裡有很好的人際關係,是靈裡生活的一個非常美好的境界。但是134篇向我們指出了另一個事實,就是當朝聖者都散去回家時,入夜後,聖殿裡只留下幾個看守聖殿的祭司,和在聖殿服侍的人。朝聖者回家後也要面對類似的,靈性上的孤獨和寂寞。

在享受過肢體交通的喜樂之後,在教會的敬拜之後,在團契的聚會結束之後,你可記得有哪些人留下來默默地收拾?這些在事後收拾的,神的僕人,即使感到孤獨、冷清或有點寂寞,詩人說,在這樣的情況下,應當稱頌耶和華!夜間的守望者,是孤獨的,卻不孤單,因為聖殿裡的主角,我們信仰的尊者,仍然與他們同在,也與每一個敬拜神的人同在。

Don’t Be Afraid. You Got Jesus.

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Job 13:20-28.

Job 13:20-28 (NIV) 
20  “Only grant me these two things, O God, and then I will not hide from you: 21  Withdraw your hand far from me, and stop frightening me with your terrors.
22  Then summon me and I will answer, or let me speak, and you reply. 23  How many wrongs and sins have I committed? Show me my offense and my sin………

On verses 20-28:  Here Job asks God to withdraw His hand from him and to stop frightening him so that he can have a conversation with Him (v21-22).  Job invites God to show him in what way he has sinned (v23).  Job goes on to describe God as a mysterious attacker who torments and chases a weak and helpless person (v25), who considers Job his enemy (v24) and who has judgment and bitter things in store for Job (v26).  Job sees God as a prison warden and himself as His prisoner (v27), whose life is wasting away for as long as God is focusing on him (v28).