詩篇六十九篇

大衛的詩,交於伶長。調用百合花。

1 神啊,求祢救我!因為眾水要淹沒我。
2 我陷在深淤泥中,沒有立腳之地;我到了深水中,大水漫過我身。
3 我因呼求困乏,喉嚨發乾;我因等候神,眼睛失明。
4 無故恨我的,比我頭髮還多;無理與我為仇,要把我剪除的,甚為強盛;我沒有搶奪的,要叫我償還。
5 神啊,我的愚昧祢原知道,我的罪愆不能隱瞞。
6 萬軍的主耶和華啊,求祢叫那等候祢的不要因我蒙羞。以色列的神啊,求祢叫那尋求祢的不要因我受辱。
7 因我為祢的緣故受了辱罵,滿面羞愧。
8 我的弟兄看我為外路人,我的同胞看我為外邦人。
9 因我為祢的殿心裡焦急,如同火燒,並且辱罵祢人的辱罵都落在我身上。
10 我哭泣,以禁食刻苦我心,這倒算為我的羞辱。……

這篇“彌賽亞詩篇”裡有很多在新約被引用的經文,這些經文都直接指向主耶穌在十字架上的經歷。當大衛在苦難中時,他向神發聲求援,但是聖靈卻使他說出許多預言,論及彌賽亞要受到的迫害。在1-6節裡,大衛形容他的苦難有可能來自他的愚昧或罪愆,他深陷淤泥中,沒有立腳之地;又到了深水中,大水漫過他身。前者指站都站不住,後者指已經没頂,快沒命了。他曾呼救,直到喉嚨發乾,因為等候神,眼睛失明。這是一場在黑暗裡的爭戰,看不見任何亮光。

仇敵比頭髮還多,那時大衛應該還有很多頭髮,仇敵多到像頭髮那樣數算不了;想剪除他的,比他強盛;他沒有搶奪,人卻要他償還。這是個不合理的世界,沒有任何理由可講。主耶穌在最後的晚餐時,就是這樣跟門徒說的:“這要應驗他們律法上所寫的話說:他們無故地恨我。(約15:25)”當時的以色列人、羅馬軍兵真是無緣無故地恨耶穌,要置祂於死地。但是大衛的祈禱不是為了自己,更為了神的榮耀,這就是大衛禱告最高明的地方:“萬軍的主耶和華啊,求祢叫那等候祢的不要因我蒙羞。以色列的神啊,求祢叫那尋求祢的不要因我受辱。”

You Can Trust Who God Is and What God Says

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Hebrews 6:13-20.  Let’s go!

On verses 13-17:  As an example of “those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised” (v12), the writer of Hebrews mentions the story of Abraham.  Despite Abraham’s old age and his wife Sarah’s inability to have children, God promises to Abraham and Sarah that “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” (v14)   To show how serious God is about fulfilling that promise, God “swore by himself” (v13) because “there was no one greater for him to swear by” (v13) and people usually swear on something that is greater than themselves (v16).  The specific wording can be found in Genesis 22:16-17:

16  …”I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son,
17  I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies,

In addition to swearing by himself, God did one more thing:  He gave an oath.  By making this oath (promise), God was trying to make it “very clear” to Abraham and his descendants that God was serious about doing what He said He would do (v17).  As verse 16 says, “the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument.”