诗篇四十一篇

大卫的诗,交于伶长。

1 眷顾贫穷的有福了!他遭难的日子,耶和华必搭救他。
2 耶和华必保全他,使他存活,他必在地上享福——求祢不要把他交给仇敌,遂其所愿。
3 他病重在榻,耶和华必扶持他;他在病中,祢必给他铺床。
4 我曾说:「耶和华啊,求祢怜恤我,医治我,因为我得罪了祢。」
5 我的仇敌用恶言议论我说:「他几时死,他的名才灭亡呢?」
6 他来看我,就说假话;他心存奸恶,走到外边才说出来。
7 一切恨我的,都交头接耳地议论我,他们设计要害我。
8 他们说:「有怪病贴在他身上,他已躺卧,必不能再起来。」
9 连我知己的朋友,我所倚靠吃过我饭的,也用脚踢我。
10 耶和华啊,求祢怜恤我,使我起来,好报复他们。……

这是一首“落魄之歌”,是大卫在病重时体会世态炎凉的作品。我记得涤然师母的分享,当她的癌症一再复发时,躺在床上想到大卫在〈诗篇〉第六篇第6节写的:“我因唉哼而困乏,我每夜流泪,把床榻漂起,把褥子湿透”,特别感同身受;在没有人可以安慰她时,她也想到这诗篇的第3节,想到她在病中,主会为她来舖床。她的心就觉得很感恩。

人在病中感情特别脆弱,看到有人来探病,听到的都是一套套说词,有时会特别烦。有的人去探病,叫病人要在神面前反省,看看有没有得罪神或人的地方?有的人直接叫病人要悔改认罪! 有的人提供很多的自然医疗法或建议服用偏方,这些都让人特别不舒服。

The Key to True Peace: Let Jesus Reign

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 23:1-21.  Let’s go!

2 Chronicles 23:1-3 (NIV) 
1  In the seventh year Jehoiada showed his strength. He made a covenant with the commanders of units of a hundred: Azariah son of Jeroham, Ishmael son of Jehohanan, Azariah son of Obed, Maaseiah son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat son of Zicri. 
2  They went throughout Judah and gathered the Levites and the heads of Israelite families from all the towns. When they came to Jerusalem, 
3  the whole assembly made a covenant with the king at the temple of God. Jehoiada said to them, “The king’s son shall reign, as the LORD promised concerning the descendants of David. 

On verses 1-21:  Jehoiada the priest has spent years hiding and protecting young Joash, the rightful heir to the throne of Judah, from the murderous queen mother Athaliah.  Now Jehoiada is ready to proclaim Joash as the new king.  He gathers the military, religious and family leaders of Judah together at the temple and says to the whole assembly, “The king’s son shall reign” (v3).  At the same time Jehoiada takes a number of steps to protect Joash:

诗篇四十篇

大卫的诗,交于伶长。

1 我曾耐性等候耶和华,祂垂听我的呼求。
2 祂从祸坑里,从淤泥中,把我拉上来,使我的脚立在磐石上,使我脚步稳当。
3 祂使我口唱新歌,就是赞美我们神的话。许多人必看见而惧怕,并要倚靠耶和华。
4 那倚靠耶和华,不理会狂傲和偏向虚假之辈的,这人便为有福!
5 耶和华我的神啊,祢所行的奇事,并祢向我们所怀的意念甚多,不能向祢陈明。若要陈明,其事不可胜数。
6 祭物和礼物祢不喜悦,祢已经开通我的耳朵,燔祭和赎罪祭非祢所要。
7 那时我说:「看哪,我来了,我的事在经卷上已经记载了。
8 我的神啊,我乐意照祢的旨意行,祢的律法在我心里。」
9 我在大会中宣传公义的佳音,我必不止住我的嘴唇,耶和华啊,这是祢所知道的。
10 我未曾把祢的公义藏在心里,我已陈明祢的信实和祢的救恩,我在大会中未曾隐瞒祢的慈爱和诚实。……

大卫写的这诗篇仿佛是在回应〈诗篇〉27篇的最后一节:「要等候耶和华!当壮胆,坚固你的心!我再说,要等候耶和华!」所以这篇的第一节说:「我曾耐性等候耶和华,祂垂听我的呼求。」然后继续解释神怎样把他救出祸坑,淤泥似的环境中,所以他要用口唱新歌赞美神! 何等美好的见证!

You Are Rescued Royalty

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 22:1-12.  Let’s go!

2 Chronicles 22:3-4 (NIV) 
3  He too walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother encouraged him in doing wrong. 
4  He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, as the house of Ahab had done, for after his father’s death they became his advisers, to his undoing.

On verses 1-9:  One of the big, ongoing themes of 2 Chronicles is that it matters whom you get advice from and whom you partner with.  After Jehoram king of Judah dies, his youngest son Ahaziah takes over the throne, since raiders have killed off all of Jehoram’s older sons (v1).  Like his father before him, Ahaziah is heavily influenced by Athaliah Ahaziah’s mother, “who encouraged him to act wickedly” (v3).  Ahaziah is also heavily influenced by Athaliah’s side of the family, the house of King Ahab of Israel, who “became his advisers, to his undoing” (v4).  As a result of these corrupt influences on Ahaziah’s life, we see three effects on Ahaziah.  First, Ahaziah “did evil in the eyes of the Lord, as the house of Ahab had done” (v4).  Second, Ahaziah would end up fighting battles he was never meant to fight and facing dangerous situations he was never meant to be in.  For example, due to his alliance with the house of Ahab, Ahaziah ends up:

诗篇卅九 篇

大卫的诗,交于伶长耶杜顿。

1 我曾说:「我要谨慎我的言行,免得我舌头犯罪。恶人在我面前的时候,我要用嚼环勒住我的口。」
2 我默然无声,连好话也不出口,我的愁苦就发动了。
3 我的心在我里面发热,我默想的时候,火就烧起,我便用舌头说话。
4 耶和华啊,求祢叫我晓得我身之终,我的寿数几何,叫我知道我的生命不长。
5 祢使我的年日窄如手掌,我一生的年数,在祢面前如同无有。各人最稳妥的时候,真是全然虚幻!(细拉)
6 世人行动实系幻影,他们忙乱真是枉然,积蓄财宝不知将来有谁收取。
7 主啊,如今我等什么呢?我的指望在乎祢。
8 求祢救我脱离一切的过犯,不要使我受愚顽人的羞辱。
9 因我所遭遇的是出于祢,我就默然不语。
10 求祢把祢的责罚从我身上免去,因祢手的责打,我便消灭。
11 祢因人的罪恶,惩罚他的时候,叫他的笑容消灭,如衣被虫所咬。世人真是虚幻!(细拉)
12 耶和华啊,求祢听我的祷告,留心听我的呼求,我流泪,求祢不要静默无声。因为我在祢面前是客旅,是寄居的,像我列祖一般。
13 求祢宽容我,使我在去而不返之先,可以力量复原。

这诗篇在犹太人的塔木德里被分类为摩西写的十篇诗篇之一,但是在马太亨利的解经书里则记载为大卫的诗篇。这诗篇经常在葬礼或安息礼拜时被引用,因为它提到:「因为我在祢面前是客旅,是寄居的,像我列祖一般。」

暑期刚刚过去,很多出门旅行的人都回来了;秋天一到,秋高气爽,又有很多人会去旅行。不管去哪里旅行,在旅途上碰到什么不快乐的事都会尽快把它忘记;回到家就很开心。诗人提醒我们,我们在世上的日子就像在地球上旅行一样,有一天总要回到永恒的家,所以不要太在意生活中发生的事,因为一切都会过去。

God Is Faithful Even When You Are Faithless

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 21:1-20.  Let’s go!

2 Chronicles 21:1-3 (NIV) 
1  Then Jehoshaphat rested with his fathers and was buried with them in the City of David. And Jehoram his son succeeded him as king. 
2  Jehoram’s brothers, the sons of Jehoshaphat, were Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah, Azariahu, Michael and Shephatiah. All these were sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel. 
3  Their father had given them many gifts of silver and gold and articles of value, as well as fortified cities in Judah, but he had given the kingdom to Jehoram because he was his firstborn son.

On verses 1-3:  Jehoshaphat had seven sons and loved them all.  His love is shown by the names Jehoshaphat gave his sons: Jehoram means “Raised by God”; Azariah means “God has helped”; Jehiel means “God will live”; Zechariah means “God has remembered”; Azariahu similarly means “God has helped”; Michael means “Who is like God?” and Shepatiah means “God is the judge” (v1-2).  Jehoshaphat also showed his love for all his sons by giving them gifts of silver, gold and other precious possessions, as well as putting them in charge of cities (v3). 

What can we learn from this? Love is shown through generosity.  As a mentor of mine likes to say, you can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.  Similarly, God showed His love for you when He gave us His only Son Jesus. 

诗篇卅八篇

大卫的纪念诗。

1 耶和华啊,求祢不要在怒中责备我,不要在烈怒中惩罚我!
2 因为祢的箭射入我身,祢的手压住我。
3 因祢的恼怒,我的肉无一完全;因我的罪过,我的骨头也不安宁。
4 我的罪孽高过我的头,如同重担叫我担当不起。
5 因我的愚昧,我的伤发臭流脓。
6 我疼痛,大大蜷曲,终日哀痛。
7 我满腰是火,我的肉无一完全。
8 我被压伤,身体疲倦;因心里不安,我就唉哼。
9 主啊,我的心愿都在祢面前,我的叹息不向祢隐瞒。
10 我心跳动,我力衰微,连我眼中的光也没有了。……

这是一篇比较不容易阅读的诗篇,因为它是大卫在身心受苦时向神的祈祷。在他受苦时,他的良朋密友都躲在旁边站着,很可能是怕被传染;他的亲戚本家也站在远处,表达了一种人的有限,帮不上忙。能够来旁边站着或远远地站立,都表明这些人都相当地关怀,但是他们无能为力,甚至害怕自己被传染。

这种情形让我们想起约伯生病,也想起主耶稣受难的时候,不是没有人关心他们,不是没有人想帮助他们,但是他们都只能在旁边观看,远远的站立。这里道出了人生就是这样一回事,当你有钱欢乐时,很多人会慕名而来,跟你一起欢乐;但是当你患病或失败时,不管别人多么想帮助你,也走不进你的心里,也帮不了你。痛在你身上,别人不能帮你痛;治疗的苦也只能自己承受,别人没法替你承受。你若失业了,心里的恐惧和忧伤,自尊的低弱,没有人会和你一起承担;你失恋时,你流产时,你失去亲人时,别人的安慰都于你无助。还有很多例子,你想得起来吗?