詩篇四十六篇

可拉後裔的詩歌,交於伶長。調用女音。

1 神是我們的避難所,是我們的力量,是我們在患難中隨時的幫助。
2 所以地雖改變,山雖搖動到海心,
3 其中的水雖砰訇翻騰,山雖因海漲而戰抖,我們也不害怕。(細拉)
4 有一道河,這河的分汊使神的城歡喜,這城就是至高者居住的聖所。
5 神在其中,城必不動搖,到天一亮,神必幫助這城。
6 外邦喧嚷,列國動搖,神發聲,地便熔化。
7 萬軍之耶和華與我們同在,雅各的神是我們的避難所。(細拉)
8 你們來看耶和華的作為,看祂使地怎樣荒涼。
9 祂止息刀兵,直到地極;祂折弓斷槍,把戰車焚燒在火中。
10 你們要休息,要知道我是神!我必在外邦中被尊崇,在遍地上也被尊崇。
11 萬軍之耶和華與我們同在,雅各的神是我們的避難所。

由於以色列位於敘利亞 – 非洲裂谷的斷層線上,以色列這塊土地上曾經發生過無數次的地震。在〈阿摩司書〉裡,先知一開始就提到在以色列王耶羅波安時曾經發生過大地震。因此寫此詩篇的作者也注意到這個現象,藉著對大自然界的反應,他描述了以色列人對神的信心,不會因為地的改變或山的搖動而害怕,因為他們在歷史中經歷了神的保守。

有人認為這詩篇是在希西家王的時代寫成的,那時亞述王基拿西立攻打猶大,希西家王懇求神的拯救,神就應允他。一夜之間,在亞述營中殺了十八萬五千人。「清早有人起來,一看,都是死屍了」,〈列王記〉的作者寫是神的使者殺的,只有形容死屍,沒有血流成河,所以神是怎樣收拾這亞述大軍,誰也不知道。

3 Ways Pride Can Destroy Your Life

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 26:16-23.  Let’s go!

2 Chronicles 26:16 (NIV) 
16  But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall…

On verse 16:  Notice it was Uzziah’s pride, not his power, that led to his downfall.  What can we learn from this?  When you think you are powerful, be especially wary of pride.  Powerful people are not necessarily prideful.  You can be humble and powerful like Jesus, or you can be prideful and powerful like Uzziah.  The choice is yours.  That said, pride often affects us when we think we are powerful.  So when things are going well, when your business or ministry grows, when you’ve got some accomplishments or experience under your belt, be careful not to let pride slip into your life. 

2 Chronicles 26:16 (NIV) 
16  …He was unfaithful to the LORD his God, and entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.

On verse 16b:  According to the Jewish law, only the high priest was allowed to enter the temple and burn incense on the altar.  But Uzziah thinks, “I’m the king.  I can do whatever I want.”  Before, when Uzziah was younger, he knew his place as king and he had a good relationship with the priests of the land.  In fact, Uzziah would sit under the teaching of the prophet Zechariah.