诗篇五十六篇

非利士人在迦特拿住大卫。那时,他作这金诗,交于伶长。调用远方无声鸽。

1 神啊,求祢怜悯我,因为人要把我吞了,终日攻击欺压我。
2 我的仇敌终日要把我吞了,因逞骄傲攻击我的人甚多。
3 我惧怕的时候要倚靠祢。
4 我倚靠神,我要赞美祂的话。我倚靠神,必不惧怕,血气之辈能把我怎么样呢?
5 他们终日颠倒我的话,他们一切的心思都是要害我。
6 他们聚集、埋伏,窥探我的脚踪,等候要害我的命。
7 他们岂能因罪孽逃脱吗?神啊,求祢在怒中使众民堕落!
8 我几次流离,你都记数,求祢把我眼泪装在你的皮袋里。这不都记在祢册子上吗?
9 我呼求的日子,我的仇敌都要转身退后。神帮助我,这是我所知道的。…….

在大卫逃亡的日子里,有两次逃到非利士人的迦特,第一次是在逃亡的初期,第二次是在快要结束逃亡时。第一次到迦特时,非利士人对他有很强的敌意,因为他们还记得大卫杀了歌利亚,所以大卫查觉到他们的敌意和杀机胜腾腾,因此扮疯逃离。第二次再去迦特时,可能非利士人都己经知道他是个流亡之人,正被扫罗追杀,所以亚吉把大卫留下来,他们也不再反对。

这诗篇里所记载的,大家一般都认为是第一次在迦特的经历。我觉得毕德生牧师的信息圣经翻译得特别传神:take my side, God— I’m getting kicked round,  stomped on every day. Not a day goes by but somebody beats me up; They make it their duty to beat me up. When I get really afraid  ,I come to you in trust. I’m proud to praise God;    fearless now, I trust in God. What can mere mortals do? 神啊,请祢站在我这边。我终日被人踢来跺去。每一天都有人打我,以打我为己任。当我万分恐惧时,我凭信心来到祢的面前,我骄傲地赞美祢,毫不胆怯。我倚靠神,必不惧怕,血气之辈能把我怎么样呢?

Seek Jesus While You Are Young

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 34:1-13.  Let’s go!

2 Chronicles 34:1-3 (NIV) 
1  Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years.
2  He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and walked in the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.
3  In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David. In his twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of high places, Asherah poles, carved idols and cast images.

On verses 1-3:  At eight years old, Josiah becomes king of Judah in place of his murdered father Amon. At 16, “while he was still young”, Josiah begins to seek the Lord (v3).  At 20, Josiah is initiating a nation wide campaign to cleanse his kingdom of idols.

What can we learn from this?  It is good to seek the Lord while you are still young.  The earlier you seek hard after God, the earlier and the longer God can use your life to impact this world for His glory.  The apostle Paul would have been proud of Josiah, for Paul once wrote to another young leader Timothy, “Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12).  Josiah did just that.

诗篇五十五篇

大卫的训诲诗,交于伶长。用丝弦的乐器。

1 神啊,求祢留心听我的祷告,不要隐藏不听我的恳求。
2 求祢侧耳听我,应允我。我哀叹不安,发声唉哼,
3 都因仇敌的声音,恶人的欺压。因为他们将罪孽加在我身上,发怒气逼迫我。
4 我心在我里面甚是疼痛,死的惊惶临到我身。
5 恐惧战兢归到我身,惊恐漫过了我。
6 我说:「但愿我有翅膀像鸽子,我就飞去,得享安息。
7 我必远游,宿在旷野。(细拉)
8 我必速速逃到避所,脱离狂风暴雨。」
9 主啊,求祢吞灭他们,变乱他们的舌头,因为我在城中见了强暴争竞的事。
10 他们在城墙上昼夜绕行,在城内也有罪孽和奸恶。……

读完这诗篇,你心里可能会开始搜索,那个曾经是大卫的同伴,可以当上大卫知己的朋友,可以和大卫经常彼此谈论,后来又背叛大卫的人会是谁呢?我第一个想到的就是亚西多弗。他曾经是大卫的总参谋长,圣经上说那时亚希多弗所出的主意好像人问神的话一样。他和大卫曾经在一起多年,大卫靠他的计谋打了不少胜仗。但是大卫从来没有想到,自己得罪了这个智谋双全的老伙伴。

原来亚希多弗是拔示巴的祖父,大卫和拔示巴通奸,又和元帅约押设计谋杀了拔示巴的丈夫乌利亚,然后娶了拔示巴为妻。这件事看在亚希多弗的眼里,必然十分愤怒,而想找机会报复。因此押沙龙一叛变,他就投靠过去了。令大卫痛不欲生。当然,大卫有错,神也惩罚他了;但是死罪可免,活罪难逃。大卫的家中开始有了刀剑的阴影,血光的弥漫。大卫开始感到恐惧战兢,被惊恐所罩。他的心在他里面疼痛,死的惊惶也抓住大卫不放。一个曾经高高在上的王,叱吒风云的英雄,此时仿佛过街老鼠,人人喊打。

God’s Grace Is Greater than Your Mistakes

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 33:1-25.  Let’s go!

2 Chronicles 33:12-13 (NIV) 
12  In his distress he sought the favor of the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. 
13  And when he prayed to him, the LORD was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD is God.

On verses 1-20:  Manasseh takes over from his father Hezekiah as king of Judah. Unlike his God-fearing father, Manasseh throws himself headlong into idol worship and witchcraft (v2).  He rebuilds places for idol worship that his father Hezekiah had destroyed (v3).  Manasseh even sacrifices his own children in the fire (v6) and erects altars inside the temple of the Lord to worship other gods (v4-8).  Under Manasseh’s leadership the people of Judah do more evil than the nations that the Lord had previously driven out of their land (v9). Despite warnings from God (v10), Manasseh and the people of Judah refuse to listen until Assyria invades Judah and takes Manasseh prisoner (v11).  At that time, Manasseh cries out to God in his distress (v12).  God is moved by his plea and allows Manasseh to return to Judah and restores Manasseh to power (v13).  At that point verse 13 says that “Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God”.  Upon his return to Judah, Manasseh cleanses his land of idol worship (v15-17) and begins to live a humble life before God (v19). 

诗篇五十四篇

西弗人来对扫罗说:「大卫岂不是在我们那里藏身吗?」那时,大卫作这训诲诗,交于伶长。用丝弦的乐器。

1 神啊,求祢以你的名救我,凭祢的大能为我申冤。
2 神啊,求祢听我的祷告,留心听我口中的言语。
3 因为外人起来攻击我,强暴人寻索我的命,他们眼中没有神。(细拉)
4 神是帮助我的,是扶持我命的。
5 祂要报应我仇敌所行的恶,求祢凭你的诚实灭绝他们。
6 我要把甘心祭献给祢,耶和华啊,我要称赞祢的名,这名本为美好。
7 祂从一切的急难中把我救出来,我的眼睛也看见了我仇敌遭报。

西弗是犹大支派的一个山区,当大卫和跟随他的人从基伊拉出来,就到了西弗旷野藏身。西弗城在希伯伦东南约7公里,是分给犹大支派,属于犹大山地之城,城建在一个海拔高878公尺的小山顶上,形势险峻与死海西岸的隐基底相对峙,附近之地就是西弗旷野,是多岩石,无人居住,荒凉空旷的地区。(撒上23)

没想到当地有些西弗人知道了这个消息就去报告扫罗。他们为何这样做,我们不知道,但有可能扫罗有下“通辑令”或放出风声,若有谁通知他大卫在何处就可以有奖。因此大卫的处境就更加危险,因为不管他到了哪里都有人去告诉扫罗,所以他只好过著东躲西藏的日子。

The Right Way to Respond to God’s Grace

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 32:23-33.  Let’s go!

2 Chronicles 32:24-26 (NIV) 
24  In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. He prayed to the LORD, who answered him and gave him a miraculous sign. 
25  But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him; therefore the LORD’s wrath was on him and on Judah and Jerusalem. 
26  Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart, as did the people of Jerusalem; therefore the LORD’s wrath did not come upon them during the days of Hezekiah.
 
On verses 24-26:  What can we learn from this?  How we respond to God’s grace is crucial.  If your heart is proud like Hezekiah’s was in verse 25, you will not respond to God when He treats you well and you will forfeit the blessing that God otherwise wants to give you.  But if you repent of your pride and humble yourself before the Lord, as Hezekiah later does in verse 26, you give God room to bless you again.