詩篇一百零八篇

大衛的詩歌。

1 神啊,我心堅定,我口要唱詩歌頌!
2 琴瑟啊,你們當醒起!我自己要極早醒起。
3 耶和華啊,我要在萬民中稱謝祢,在列邦中歌頌祢。
4 因為祢的慈愛大過諸天,祢的誠實達到穹蒼。
5 神啊,願祢崇高過於諸天,願祢的榮耀高過全地!
6 求祢應允我們,用右手拯救我們,好叫祢所親愛的人得救。
7 神已經指著祂的聖潔說:「我要歡樂,我要分開示劍,丈量疏割谷。
8 基列是我的,瑪拿西是我的。以法蓮是護衛我頭的,猶大是我的杖。
9 摩押是我的沐浴盆,我要向以東拋鞋,我必因勝非利士呼喊。」
10 誰能領我進堅固城?誰能引我到以東地?
11 神啊,祢不是丟棄了我們嗎?神啊,祢不和我們的軍兵同去嗎?
12 求祢幫助我們攻擊敵人,因為人的幫助是枉然的。
13 我們倚靠神才得施展大能,因為踐踏我們敵人的就是祂。

這詩篇有一個特色,是由大衛的兩首詩的結尾組成的:前5節引自〈詩篇〉57篇7-11節,後面8節引自〈詩篇〉60篇5-12節。57篇的背景是大衛逃避掃羅的追殺,60篇的背景是大衛王和敵人作戰。所以這詩篇的作者必然是大衛王。從這詩篇裡,詩人讓我們看到,不管大衛是平民或做了王之後,對神的倚靠都沒有改變。有許多人在發達之前非常愛主,但是得勢之後便逐漸遠離主,但是大衛與他們不同,大衛對神的愛始終如一。

When You Pray, Start with Praise

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Nehemiah 9:1-15.  Let’s go!

Nehemiah 9:1-2 (NIV) 
1  On the twenty-fourth day of the same month, the Israelites gathered together, fasting and wearing sackcloth and having dust on their heads. 
2  Those of Israelite descent had separated themselves from all foreigners. They stood in their places and confessed their sins and the wickedness of their fathers.

On verses 1-2:  Earlier in the month, the Israelites gathered to celebrate, rejoice and hold a feast in accordance with God’s commands (8:13-18).  Now just over two weeks later, the Israelites gather again, this time to fast, confess their sins and draw near to God.

What can we learn from this?  In church, there is a place for rejoicing and celebrating, and there’s also a place for mourning, weeping and confessing sin.   A healthy church is one that does both:  we rejoice and we repent, we celebrate victories and we confess sin, we party and we pray.
 

詩篇一百零七篇

1「你們要稱謝耶和華,因祂本為善,祂的慈愛永遠長存!」
2 願耶和華的贖民說這話,就是祂從敵人手中所救贖的,
3 從各地,從東從西,從南從北所招聚來的。
4 他們在曠野荒地漂流,尋不見可住的城邑,
5 又飢又渴,心裡發昏。
6 於是他們在苦難中哀求耶和華,祂從他們的禍患中搭救他們。
7 又領他們行走直路,使他們往可居住的城邑。
8 但願人因耶和華的慈愛和他向人所行的奇事都稱讚祂!
9 因祂使心裡渴慕的人得以知足,使心裡飢餓的人得飽美物。
10 那些坐在黑暗中死蔭裡的人,被困苦和鐵鏈捆鎖,……

從詩篇103篇開始,詩人一開始就告訴我們要稱謝耶和華。103篇裡詩人稱謝神,要我們記念神的恩惠,祂用美物使我們知足,又救贖我們脫離過犯;104篇中詩人藉神所造的萬物發出感謝;105篇講到神揀選和帶領以色列人的大恩;106篇講到神對以色列人悖逆的管教之恩;107篇則是針對耶和華從東西南北招來的贖民,那就是我們這些因信耶穌基督而在神的恩典裡有份的人。

在這詩篇裡,詩人藉著歷史讓我們知道耶和華是一位怎樣的神。第一(4-9節),祂是使漂流者安居的神。當以色列人出埃及後,他們沒有國也沒有家,面對的只是無垠的曠野和沙漠。但是神一再應允他們,迦南地是神賜給他們的地方。神給他們真實的盼望,也在路上教他們怎樣紮營,供應他們一切所需。神也為我們這些必死的人預備了永生和永恒的家鄉,使相信祂的人有真正的盼望。

4 Ways to Understand God’s Word Better

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Nehemiah 8:1-18.  Let’s go!

Nehemiah 8:3 (NIV) 
3  He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law.

On 7:73 to 8:8:  After all the Israelites had settled in their towns, Ezra the priest assembles all the people together for a worship service in the public square (v1).  Men, women and “all who were able to understand” (which probably suggests older or mature children) (v2-3) listen attentively as Ezra reads the book of the law out loud from daybreak tillnoon (that’s about 6 hours of reading out God’s Word!) (v3).  Then the people stand and join in a time of face-to-the-ground worshiping and praising God (v6).  After that a team of 13 Levites get on the stage and teach God’s Word, “making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people could understand what was being read” (v8).

詩篇一百零六篇

1你們要讚美耶和華!要稱謝耶和華,因祂本為善,祂的慈愛永遠長存!
2 誰能傳說耶和華的大能?誰能表明祂一切的美德?
3 凡遵守公平、常行公義的,這人便為有福!
4 耶和華啊,祢用恩惠待祢的百姓,求祢也用這恩惠記念我,開祢的救恩眷顧我,
5 使我見祢選民的福,樂祢國民的樂,與祢的產業一同誇耀。
6 我們與我們的祖宗一同犯罪,我們作了孽,行了惡。
7 我們的祖宗在埃及不明白祢的奇事,不記念祢豐盛的慈愛,反倒在紅海行了悖逆。
8 然而祂因自己的名拯救他們,為要彰顯祂的大能。
9 並且斥責紅海,海便乾了;祂帶領他們經過深處,如同經過曠野。
10 祂拯救他們脫離恨他們人的手,從仇敵手中救贖他們。…….

從詩篇第105篇裡,我們看到神的信實;而第106篇讓我們看到以色列人的悖逆。第105篇包括了直到出埃及的事件,第106篇概括了從出埃及到猶大亡國被巴比倫俘擄的事件。並且以神的公義慈愛和大能來對比以色列人的悖逆和罪過。第七節指出以色列人犯罪的基本模式是:不明白、不記念和行悖逆的事;換句話說,不明白神的奇事,是因為他們不思想;不記念神的慈愛,是因為他們不肯聽從神的話;行悖逆的事是因為他們自高自大,自以為義。從這三方面來看,世人和以色列人其實都是一樣的。

詩人列出以色列人過紅海之後,在曠野所犯的六個大罪和受所的刑罰(13-33節)。一是因貪慾而試探神 (13-15節) 。“神把所求的賜給他們,卻使他們的心靈軟弱。”這句話深具警告,我們常常以為神垂聽我們的禱告,把我們所想所要的給我們,就是好得無比。

Protecting the Work Jesus Has Done In Your Life

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Nehemiah 7:1-73.  Let’s go!

Nehemiah 7:1-2 (NIV) 
1  After the wall had been rebuilt and I had set the doors in place, the gatekeepers and the singers and the Levites were appointed. 2  I put in charge of Jerusalem my brother Hanani, along with Hananiah the commander of the citadel, because he was a man of integrity and feared God more than most men do.
 
On verses 1-2:  Having successfully rebuilt the wall, Nehemiah now choses leaders to help protect and manage what he and the people have built together.  Nehemiah picks his brother Hanani as well as Hananiah to take charge of Jerusalem.  He picks Hananiah “because he was a man of integrity and feared God more than most men do” (v2).  Notice that when picking leaders, Nehemiah wasn’t focused on the candidates’ charisma or charm, but their character.  Likewise, when choosing your spouse, your closest friends, or other key people whom you let have an influence on your life, don’t focus on that person’s charisma or charm; focus on that person’s character.  Are they a person of integrity?  Do they have an uncommon heart for God?
 

Exposing the Enemy’s Schemes

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Nehemiah 6:1-19.  Let’s go!

Nehemiah 6:1-4 (NIV) 
1  When word came to Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall and not a gap was left in it–though up to that time I had not set the doors in the gates– 
2  Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono.” But they were scheming to harm me; 
3  so I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” 
4  Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer.
 

詩篇一百零五篇

1你們要稱謝耶和華,求告祂的名,在萬民中傳揚祂的作為!
2 要向祂唱詩歌頌,談論祂一切奇妙的作為!
3 要以祂的聖名誇耀,尋求耶和華的人心中應當歡喜!
4 要尋求耶和華與祂的能力,時常尋求祂的面!
5 祂僕人亞伯拉罕的後裔,祂所揀選雅各的子孫哪,你們要記念祂奇妙的作為和祂的奇事,並祂口中的判語。
7 祂是耶和華我們的神,全地都有祂的判斷。
8 祂記念祂的約直到永遠,祂所吩咐的話直到千代,
9 就是與亞伯拉罕所立的約,向以撒所起的誓。
10 祂又將這約向雅各定為律例,向以色列定為永遠的約,……

詩篇105篇伯者回顧了以色列人早期的歷史,從耦選亞伯拉罕開始,到約瑟下埃及,摩西亞倫領以色列人出埃及,神為他們所行的神蹟奇事。

這詩篇實在不需要筆者多言,當我們自己讀的時候,便己經領受且明白神和以色列的淵源。神實在愛以色列人,祂也實在愛我們。讓我們這些原不是祂子民的人,可以藉著耶穌基督與神和好,又成為祂的兒女,在永生上有份。我們也要像以色列人一樣,明白神把燈塔的責任交給我們,也就是要藉著我們傳遞神的光和愛,使更多在黑暗中的人能認識神,也跟我們一樣享有屬天的福份。

詩篇一百零四篇

1我的心哪,你要稱頌耶和華!耶和華我的神啊,祢為至大!祢以尊榮威嚴為衣服,
2 披上亮光如披外袍;鋪張穹蒼如鋪幔子,
3 在水中立樓閣的棟梁;用雲彩為車輦,藉著風的翅膀而行;
4 以風為使者,以火焰為僕役。
5 將地立在根基上,使地永不動搖。
6 祢用深水遮蓋地面,猶如衣裳,諸水高過山嶺。
7 祢的斥責一發,水便奔逃;祢的雷聲一發,水便奔流。
8 諸山升上,諸谷沉下,歸你為它所安定之地。
9 祢定了界限,使水不能過去,不再轉回遮蓋地面。
10 耶和華使泉源湧在山谷,流在山間,……

這篇詩篇和第103篇都是歌頌神的詩篇,但第103篇著重在神對罪孽的赦免,這詩篇則著重於神的創造。這個週末是美國的感恩節,但是商人把大家的注意力都轉到“黑色的星期五”,也就是聖誕節生意開跑前的大減價。因此,很少看到有慶祝感恩節的信息了。假如我們用買更多的物品來取代對神的感恩,再多的物質也不能增加我們的喜樂。

我非常喜歡看詩人怎樣描寫神的創造。因為在創世記裡沒有這些細膩的描寫。當他說神披上亮光如披外袍,你可以想像一個充滿榮光的形像;當他說神鋪張穹蒼如鋪幔子時,我們彷彿看見神細心地撫平那些皺摺。神呼喚風,使喚火焰;原來地還有根基?何等奇妙,神還怕地若塌了,我們會掉下去!現在有不少人好奇地心究竟有多深,但是還沒有人能發現地也有根基。

Be That Kind of Leader

Hi GAMErs,
 
Today’s passage is Nehemiah 5:1-19.  Let’s go!
 
Nehemiah 5:1-4 (NIV) 
1  Now the men and their wives raised a great outcry against their Jewish brothers. 
2  Some were saying, “We and our sons and daughters are numerous; in order for us to eat and stay alive, we must get grain.” 
3  Others were saying, “We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards and our homes to get grain during the famine.” 
4  Still others were saying, “We have had to borrow money to pay the king’s tax on our fields and vineyards.
 
On verses 1-4, 7-10:  The richer Jews in Jerusalem were taking advantage of the poorer Jews in Jerusalem, lending them money but charging interest (v7-10) and taking their real estate as security (v1-4). Nehemiah rebukes the nobles and officials harshly for this (v7-10).  You might ask, “What’s wrong with that? In a market economy that sounds reasonable.” It’s because God expects us to deal with His children graciously rather than to squeeze them for everything that they can give to us. Since we are brothers and sisters in Christ, we are not use each other simply for business purposes, but we are to see each other as family and “love each other as brothers and sisters” (1 Peter 3:8).