詩篇一百四十五篇

大衛的讚美詩。

1 我的神我的王啊,我要尊崇祢,我要永永遠遠稱頌祢的名!
2 我要天天稱頌祢,也要永永遠遠讚美祢的名!
3 耶和華本為大,該受大讚美,其大無法測度。
4 這代要對那代頌讚祢的作為,也要傳揚祢的大能。
5 我要默念祢威嚴的尊榮,和祢奇妙的作為。
6 人要傳說祢可畏之事的能力,我也要傳揚祢的大德。
7 他們記念祢的大恩就要傳出來,並要歌唱祢的公義。
8 耶和華有恩惠,有憐憫,不輕易發怒,大有慈愛。
9 耶和華善待萬民,祂的慈悲覆庇祂一切所造的。
10 耶和華啊,祢一切所造的都要稱謝祢,祢的聖民也要稱頌祢。……

當我們讀〈詩篇〉時,感覺上好像都是大衛和以色列人和神的關係。但是在這詩篇裡,大衛王向我們顯示了他的異象,他的神不是只愛以色列的神,他的神也是凡有血氣的神。

這首詩篇裡的原文是從希伯來文的第一個字母aleph到最後一個字母tav, 也就是提醒我們,耶和華是創始成終的神,祂也是維持著宇宙萬物循環生存的力量。在原文裡有個字all,即一切,一共出現了16次,通過翻譯我們還是能看到一部份,例如:一切/凡/都,這幾個地方可以讓我們感受到作者所要表達的。

大衛稱頌神,因為神有許多奇妙的特質:神的偉大,神的威嚴,祂奇妙的作為,祂的能力,祂的大德和公義,慈愛和憐憫,等等,包括了世人可以想到的最美好的用詞,神都可以當之無愧。

Everything Equalizes in Eternity

Hi GAMErs,

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

Job 21:17-21 (NIV) 
17  “Yet how often is the lamp of the wicked snuffed out? How often does calamity come upon them, the fate God allots in his anger? 
18  How often are they like straw before the wind, like chaff swept away by a gale? 
19  [It is said,] ‘God stores up a man’s punishment for his sons.’ Let him repay the man himself, so that he will know it! 
20  Let his own eyes see his destruction; let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty. 
21  For what does he care about the family he leaves behind when his allotted months come to an end?
 
On verses 17-21:  Whereas Zophar insists that the wicked are cut down in their youth (Job 20), Job has a different perspective.  Job finds that wicked people are rarely punished, at least in this lifetime (v17-18).  Job wishes that there would be clearer punishment from God of the wicked (v19-21).  Job finds that in death, those who prospered while living wicked lives (v23-24) and those who bent over backwards to be righteous (v25) are both treated the same: “side by side they lie in the dust, and worms cover them both.” (v26)  Contrary to his friends’ words about how God wipes out the wicked (v27-28), Job finds that there is no clear denunciation of wicked people (v29-30).  

詩篇一百四十四篇

大衛的詩。

1 耶和華我的磐石是應當稱頌的!祂教導我的手爭戰,教導我的指頭打仗。
2 祂是我慈愛的主,我的山寨,我的高臺,我的救主,我的盾牌,是我所投靠的,祂使我的百姓服在我以下。
3 耶和華啊,人算什麼,祢竟認識他?世人算什麼,祢竟顧念他?
4 人好像一口氣,他的年日如同影兒快快過去。
5 耶和華啊,求祢使天下垂,親自降臨;摸山,山就冒煙。
6 求祢發出閃電,使他們四散,射出祢的箭,使他們擾亂。
7 求祢從上伸手救拔我,救我出離大水,救我脫離外邦人的手。
8 他們的口說謊話,他們的右手起假誓。
9 神啊,我要向祢唱新歌,用十弦瑟向祢歌頌。
10 祢是那拯救君王的,祢是那救僕人大衛脫離害命之刀的。…….

這是一首戰士的詩篇。接下來的詩篇145-150都是讚美耶和華的詩篇,所以144篇可以說是前面所有詩篇的縮影。詩篇第一篇說到人應該離開邪惡的道路,並因為喜愛神的話語,遵從神的律法而蒙福。而大衛藉著詩篇寫下自己的生命因為跟隨神,而勝過了一切的仇敵,征服了許多敵人,得回許多土地,建立了一個強大的以色列國的經歷。

在這過程中有許多的艱苦和眼淚,有許多大衛的禱告,讓我們知道他在神面前深刻的信仰,以及他和神緊密的關係。耶穌說,“信的人必有神蹟隨著他們”(可16:17)。人要先相信,神的作為就顯現了。這就是大衛平生的見證,他相信神,所以不怕巨人歌利亞;他相信神,所以他放羊時不怕來襲的野獸。因為他相信,所以他凡事求問神,在每一個重要事情上,他不求問神就不行動。所以他很清楚地告訴世人,不是因為他的智慧或能力比人強,而是“祂教導我的手爭戰,教導我的指頭打仗”。

Renew Your Perspective in God’s Presence

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Job 21:1-16.  Let’s go!

Job 21:1-16 (NIV) 
1  Then Job replied: 
2  “Listen carefully to my words; let this be the consolation you give me. 
3  Bear with me while I speak, and after I have spoken, mock on. 
4  “Is my complaint directed to man? Why should I not be impatient? 
5  Look at me and be astonished; clap your hand over your mouth. 
6  When I think about this, I am terrified; trembling seizes my body. 
7  Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power? 
8  They see their children established around them, their offspring before their eyes. 
9  Their homes are safe and free from fear; the rod of God is not upon them. 
10  Their bulls never fail to breed; their cows calve and do not miscarry. ……

On verses 1-16:  Contrary to Zophar’s assertion in Job 20 that the wicked always die young, Job can’t understand why God allows some wicked people to prosper, living seemingly comfortable lives “growing old and increasing in power” (v7), all the while being indifferent and rebellious toward God (v14-15).

While Job wants nothing to do with the wicked and believes any prosperity they enjoy is ultimately due to the hand of God and “not in their own hands” (v16), still Job is disturbed when he sees those who seem to live rich, prosperous and comfortable lives despite not trusting or even believing in God. 

詩篇一百四十三篇

大衛的詩。

1 耶和華啊,求祢聽我的禱告,留心聽我的懇求,憑祢的信實和公義應允我!
2 求祢不要審問僕人,因為在祢面前,凡活著的人沒有一個是義的。
3 原來仇敵逼迫我,將我打倒在地,使我住在幽暗之處,像死了許久的人一樣。
4 所以我的靈在我裡面發昏,我的心在我裡面悽慘。
5 我追想古時之日,思想祢的一切作為,默念祢手的工作。
6 我向祢舉手,我的心渴想祢,如乾旱之地盼雨一樣。(細拉)
7 耶和華啊,求祢速速應允我,我心神耗盡!不要向我掩面,免得我像那些下坑的人一樣。
8 求祢使我清晨得聽祢慈愛之言,因我倚靠祢;求祢使我知道當行的路,因我的心仰望祢。
9 耶和華啊,求祢救我脫離我的仇敵,我往祢那裡藏身。
10 求祢指教我遵行祢的旨意,因祢是我的神。祢的靈本為善,求祢引我到平坦之地。
11 耶和華啊,求祢為祢的名將我救活,憑祢的公義將我從患難中領出來。
12 憑祢的慈愛剪除我的仇敵,滅絕一切苦待我的人,因我是祢的僕人。

在〈詩篇〉中有七篇被歷代教會定為懺悔詩,為了在復活節之前讓會眾默想,以準備迎接復活節。它們分別是第6、第32、第38、第51,第102、第130、第143篇。第六篇是病中的祈禱,32篇是認罪與蒙赦免的祈禱,38篇是受苦者的祈禱,51篇是認罪悔改的祈禱,102篇是吐露苦情的祈禱,130篇是在深處的祈禱,最後一篇就是143篇,是靈裡發昏的祈禱。

The Hyphen In Between

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Job 20:1-29.

Job 20:5-8 (NIV) 
5  …the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment. 
6  Though his pride reaches to the heavens and his head touches the clouds, 
7  he will perish forever, like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’ 
8  Like a dream he flies away, no more to be found, banished like a vision of the night. 

On verses 1-29:  Here Zophar echoes the same message that Eliphaz and Bildad have spoken in Job 15 and Job 18 respectively: that terror, calamity and disaster are the fate of the wicked.  Zophar, in particular, emphasizes how the wicked die young – how they prosper briefly only to be cut down in the prime of their youth and at the height of their power.  For example, in verse 5 Zophar says, “the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts only a moment”.  About the wicked man Zophar says “the youthful vigor that fills his bones will lie with him in the dust” (v11). 

詩篇一百四十二篇

大衛在洞裡作的訓誨詩,乃是祈禱。

1 我發聲哀告耶和華,發聲懇求耶和華。
2 我在祂面前吐露我的苦情,陳說我的患難。
3 我的靈在我裡面發昏的時候,祢知道我的道路。在我行的路上,敵人為我暗設網羅。
4 求祢向我右邊觀看,因為沒有人認識我;我無處避難,也沒有人眷顧我。
5 耶和華啊,我曾向祢哀求,我說:「祢是我的避難所,在活人之地祢是我的福分。」
6 求祢側耳聽我的呼求,因我落到極卑之地;求祢救我脫離逼迫我的人,因為他們比我強盛。
7 求祢領我出離被囚之地,我好稱讚祢的名。義人必環繞我,因為祢是用厚恩待我。

這詩篇是大衛寫的詩篇,而且是在洞裡寫的。根據希伯來文的詩篇,這裡的“洞”是指亞杜蘭洞,也就是大衛在躲避掃羅的追殺時所躲的山洞。那時的大衛非常孤單,他逃到迦特非利士王亞吉那裡,但是亞吉的手下記得大衛殺死歌利亞一事,因此大衛害怕亞吉會因而殺他,只好裝瘋。後來亞吉就把他放了。他就逃回以色列境內,伯利恒附近的亞杜蘭洞裡。

Your Redeemer Is For You, Not Against You

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Job 15:17-35. 

Job 19:1-4 (NIV) 
1  Then Job replied: 
2  “How long will you torment me and crush me with words? 
3  Ten times now you have reproached me; shamelessly you attack me. 
4  If it is true that I have gone astray, my error remains my concern alone.
 
On verses 1-4:  Job continues to fight against his friends’ persistent and hurtful attacks.  At the end of this chapter, Job will have a stern warning for his friends.
 
Job 19:5-7 (NIV) 
5  If indeed you would exalt yourselves above me and use my humiliation against me, 
6  then know that God has wronged me and drawn his net around me. 
7  “Though I cry, ‘I’ve been wronged!’ I get no response; though I call for help, there is no justice.