詩篇一百五十篇

1你們要讚美耶和華!在神的聖所讚美祂,在他顯能力的穹蒼讚美祂!

2 要因他大能的作為讚美祂,按著他極美的大德讚美祂!

3 要用角聲讚美祂,鼓瑟彈琴讚美祂,

4 擊鼓跳舞讚美祂,用絲弦的樂器和簫的聲音讚美祂,

5 用大響的鈸讚美祂,用高聲的鈸讚美祂。

6 凡有氣息的都要讚美耶和華!你們要讚美耶和華!

這是詩篇的最後一篇,經過了將近五個月的時間,我們終於讀完一次〈詩篇〉。假如這不是你的第一次,希望也不會是最後一次。在〈詩篇〉第150篇,所有的讚美和頌讚都達到高潮。

讚美從神的聖所開始,其次是神顯能力的穹蒼正如〈約伯記〉第38章所記,當神在創造宇宙時,“晨星一同歌唱,神的眾子也都歡呼”。耶穌最後一次進耶路撒冷時,眾人歡呼,法利賽人因此而不高興, 耶穌卻說:“若是祂們閉口不說,這些石頭必要呼叫起來!”(路19:40)。

The Whisper of God

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Job 25:1-26:14. Let’s go!

Job 25:1-6 (NIV) 
1  Then Bildad the Shuhite replied: 
2  “Dominion and awe belong to God; he establishes order in the heights of heaven. 
3  Can his forces be numbered? Upon whom does his light not rise? 
4  How then can a man be righteous before God? How can one born of woman be pure? 
5  If even the moon is not bright and the stars are not pure in his eyes, 
6  how much less man, who is but a maggot– a son of man, who is only a worm!”
 
On verses 1-6: To paraphrase Bildad, “Who are you, Job, to think that you can prove yourself righteous in God’s eyes?  No human being is pure before God.”

詩篇一百四十九篇

1你們要讚美耶和華!向耶和華唱新歌,在聖民的會中讚美祂!
2 願以色列因造他的主歡喜,願錫安的民因他們的王快樂!
3 願他們跳舞讚美祂的名,擊鼓彈琴歌頌祂!
4 因為耶和華喜愛祂的百姓,祂要用救恩當做謙卑人的裝飾。
5 願聖民因所得的榮耀高興,願他們在床上歡呼!
6 願他們口中稱讚神為高,手裡有兩刃的刀,
7 為要報復列邦,刑罰萬民。
8 要用鏈子捆他們的君王,用鐵鐐鎖他們的大臣,
9 要在他們身上施行所記錄的審判。祂的聖民都有這榮耀。你們要讚美耶和華!

以色列人希望能安然地住在神所賜給他們的迦南地,可是因著他們屢次離開神,得罪神,轉去拜偶像,以致於神興起外邦人攻擊他們,使他們無法享受像所羅門時代的太平盛世。所羅門王的末期也是因為隨著妃嬪去拜偶像,以致神興起敵人,在他死後撕裂王國。

也因為有時被敵人所制,所以在轉向神,蒙神祝福後就又享受到一些太平盛世時,便時時記得錫安的好處。不知道你有沒有看過以色列人跳舞歌唱的盛況,那真的是名符其實的載歌載舞,實在是開心至極。神愛以色列人,神也愛我們,神希望我們都活在祂的恩典,時時享受祂的福蔭。但是神也用歷史提醒我們,有時人在福中不知福,就忘了賜福的神。

When Job Met Peter

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Job 24:1-25.  Let’s go!

Job 24:1-17 (NIV) 
1  “Why does the Almighty not set times for judgment? Why must those who know him look in vain for such days?
2  Men move boundary stones; they pasture flocks they have stolen.
3  They drive away the orphan’s donkey and take the widow’s ox in pledge.
4  They thrust the needy from the path and force all the poor of the land into hiding.
5  Like wild donkeys in the desert, the poor go about their labor of foraging food; the wasteland provides food for their children……..

On verses 1-17:  Job sees so much injustice around him – people stealing others’ property (v2), taking advantage of the weak and poor (v3-8), and causing the most vulnerable in society to suffer the most (v9-12).  Job sees murder (v14), adultery (v15), robberies (v16), people reveling in the darkness and avoiding the light (v16-17).  In the face of all this injustice, Job questions why “God charges no one with wrongdoing” (v12) and “Why does the Almighty not set times for judgment?” (v1)

詩篇一百四十八篇

1你們要讚美耶和華!從天上讚美耶和華,在高處讚美祂!
2 祂的眾使者都要讚美祂,祂的諸軍都要讚美祂!
3 日頭月亮,你們要讚美祂!放光的星宿,你們都要讚美祂!
4 天上的天和天上的水,你們都要讚美祂!
5 願這些都讚美耶和華的名,因祂一吩咐便都造成。
6 祂將這些立定,直到永永遠遠;祂定了命,不能廢去。
7 所有在地上的,大魚和一切深洋,
8 火與冰雹,雪和霧氣,成就祂命的狂風,
9 大山和小山,結果的樹木和一切香柏樹,
10 野獸和一切牲畜,昆蟲和飛鳥,
11 世上的君王和萬民,首領和世上一切審判官,
12 少年人和處女,老年人和孩童,都當讚美耶和華!
13 願這些都讚美耶和華的名,因為獨有祂的名被尊崇,祂的榮耀在天地之上。
14 祂將祂百姓的角高舉,因此祂一切聖民以色列人,就是與祂相近的百姓,都讚美祂。你們要讚美耶和華!

這一首讚美詩分為兩部份,第一部份是天上的使者和天軍對神的讚美;第二部份是人類對神的讚美。雖然這兩部份都讚美耶和華的名,但是在實質上有何不同呢?

在第一部份神命定祂的創造:眾使者,神的諸軍,日頭月亮,放光的星宿,天上的天和天上的水,都被命定要讚美神,因為耶和華神是它們的創造者,它們好像機器人被安置了設計好的程式,都要讚美神,不能廢去。

You Can’t See God and Be His Enemy at the Same Time

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Job 23:1-9 (NIV)

1  Then Job replied: 
2  “Even today my complaint is bitter; his hand is heavy in spite of my groaning. 
3  If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling! 
4  I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments. 
5  I would find out what he would answer me, and consider what he would say. 
6  Would he oppose me with great power? No, he would not press charges against me. 
7  There an upright man could present his case before him, and I would be delivered forever from my judge.
8  “But if I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him. 
9  When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him. 

On verses 1-9:  Job wants to have a word with God.  Job thinks that if he could argue his case before God, plead his innocence, and convince God that he is upright, God would come to His senses and see that Job is not deserving of such suffering.  Job’s only problem, in his mind at least, is that he can’t find God.

詩篇一百四十七篇

1你們要讚美耶和華!因歌頌我們的神為善為美,讚美的話是合宜的。
2 耶和華建造耶路撒冷,聚集以色列中被趕散的人。
3 祂醫好傷心的人,裹好他們的傷處。
4 祂數點星宿的數目,一一稱它的名。
5 我們的主為大,最有能力,祂的智慧無法測度。
6 耶和華扶持謙卑人,將惡人傾覆於地。
7 你們要以感謝向耶和華歌唱,用琴向我們的神歌頌。
8 祂用雲遮天,為地降雨,使草生長在山上。
9 祂賜食給走獸和啼叫的小烏鴉。
10 祂不喜悅馬的力大,不喜愛人的腿快。…….

當新冠狀肺炎漫延得令人難以控制時,人心惶惶,有許多教會都封門了,沒封門的也減少了各樣的聚會,這時你還能讚美神嗎?當詩人寫這些詩篇時,你千萬不要以為他們都是在人生順利或輝煌之時寫的,因為真正感人的詩篇都出自神的熬煉,都是出自靈魂的讚美。

所以麥希真牧師在他的臉書每天都用一些話來鼓勵我們。他己經高齡九十幾,雙眼皆盲,但是他的心還看得見,臉書的文字可能是師母或女兒代打上去的。這是他這幾天來貼上去的:1.早安, 無論生活是否滿意,為我們今天醒來,尚有氣息而感恩。2.在家的窗邊凝望天父所創造的世界15分鐘。3.看新聞看到要爆炸或崩潰時,閉上眼睛深呼吸10下,讓自己靜下來,讓那些引發情諸的人或事祈求主憐憫。

3 Keys to a Blessed Life

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Job 22:21-30. These are Eliphaz’s final recorded words in the book of Job.  If we had to separate the wheat from the chaff in all the words Eliphaz has spoken throughout this book, there would be much unhelpful chaff, but these final words in verses 21 to 30 would be the wheat worth keeping.  If looked at in isolation, verses 21 to 30 might be a helpful sermon for us to hang onto.  But given the context, seeing as these words follow a whole bunch of unfair accusations and judgments Eliphaz has already made against Job, it is likely that Job was not encouraged or helped when Eliphaz spoke these words.  But here let’s give Eliphaz some slack and treat Eliphaz’s words in verses 21-30 as a sermon for us today on how to live a life that God blesses. 

Job 22:21 (NIV) 
21  “Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.

On verse 21:  The first point Eliphaz gives on how to live a blessed life is: surrender to God.  When we keep demanding our own way, we have no peace.  When we surrender to God, the result is peace.  

詩篇一百四十六篇

1你們要讚美耶和華!我的心哪,你要讚美耶和華!
2 我一生要讚美耶和華,我還活的時候要歌頌我的神。
3 你們不要倚靠君王,不要倚靠世人,他一點不能幫助。
4 他的氣一斷,就歸回塵土,他所打算的當日就消滅了。
5 以雅各的神為幫助,仰望耶和華他神的,這人便為有福!
6 耶和華造天、地、海和其中的萬物,祂守誠實直到永遠。
7 祂為受屈的申冤,賜食物於飢餓的。耶和華釋放被囚的,
8 耶和華開了瞎子的眼睛,耶和華扶起被壓下的人,耶和華喜愛義人。
9 耶和華保護寄居的,扶持孤兒和寡婦,卻使惡人的道路彎曲。
10 耶和華要做王直到永遠,錫安哪,你的神要做王直到萬代。你們要讚美耶和華!

詩人要我們讚美神,你今天讚美神了嗎?倘若你覺得無法讚美神時,希望你能記得這個我要和你分享的故事:曾經有一個寡婦終日鬱鬱不歡,她覺得自己的命很苦,神對她實在太不公平。因為丈夫很早過世,她一手養大三個孩子,他們長大後各自去別的地方工作。她覺得自己的一生實在可憐,沒有人愛,也沒有人來幫助她。

在她過六十歲生日時,她獨坐家中嘆氣時,忽然有人敲門。她開門一看,是一個好久不見的隣居。她們談起當年的事,寡婦就記起來,當她忙著工作賺錢時,孩子放學後就跑到這位隣居家裡,甚至在那裡吃了晚飯才回家。聊了一會兒,有人按門鈴,原來是個老朋友,有一次她生病時,這個朋友帶她去看病,還為她理三餐。就這樣不停地有人來看她,他們都是來賀喜的,沒有人提起以前的事,但是這些人做過的事卻在她心中一一地浮現出來。最後她忍不住哭起來,原來上帝在她身邊安置了這麼多善良的人,在她需要的時候扶她一把,她卻還覺得自己命苦?

Whose Opinion About You Matters Most?

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Job 21:17-34. Let’s go!

Job 22:1-3 (NIV) 
1  Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
2  “Can a man be of benefit to God? Can even a wise man benefit him?
3  What pleasure would it give the Almighty if you were righteous? What would he gain if your ways were blameless?
On verses 1-3:  I love Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase of Eliphaz’s words in verses 2-3:
2  “Are any of us strong enough to give God a hand, or smart enough to give him advice?
3  So what if you were righteous—would God Almighty even notice? Even if you gave a perfect performance, do you think he’d applaud?” (Job 22:2-3 (MSG))

Job 22:5 (NIV) 
5  Is not your wickedness great? Are not your sins endless? 

On verses 4-11:  After suggesting that Job’s wickedness is great and that his sins are endless (v4-5), Eliphaz finally gets more specific about the sins he believes Job has committed which he thinks have led to Job’s suffering:

– Eliphaz accuses Job of demanding security from his brothers.  Instead of lending money and not asking for anything in return, Job stripped his neighbours bare of what they had, according to Eliphaz (v6);