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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?

Worship Is Your Weapon Against the Enemy

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 20:20-37.  Let’s go!

2 Chronicles 20:20 (NIV) 
20  Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the LORD your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.”

On verse 20:  As Jehoshaphat’s men set out for the Desert of Tekoa to face their attackers early in the morning, Jehoshaphat gives his men a word of encouragement.  He encourages them to have faith in the Lord and in His prophets as their key to success.   What can we learn from this?

One of the best things you can do at the beginning of each morning as you set out for the day is to feed on the encouragement of God’s Word.  Even if you normally have your GAME time later in the day, there is great value in getting some of God’s Word – even a verse – into your mind to.
Your success goes hand in hand with how well you follow and trust God and your God-given leaders.

诗篇卅七篇

大卫的诗。

1 不要为作恶的心怀不平,也不要向那行不义的生出嫉妒。
2 因为祂们如草快被割下,又如青菜快要枯干。
3 你当倚靠耶和华而行善,住在地上,以祂的信实为粮。
4 又要以耶和华为乐,祂就将你心里所求的赐给你。
5 当将你的事交托耶和华,并倚靠祂,祂就必成全。
6 祂要使你的公义如光发出,使你的公平明如正午。
7 你当默然倚靠耶和华,耐性等候祂,不要因那道路通达的和那恶谋成就的心怀不平。
8 当止住怒气,离弃愤怒,不要心怀不平,以致作恶。
9 因为作恶的必被剪除,唯有等候耶和华的必承受地土。
10 还有片时,恶人要归于无有,你就是细察他的住处,也要归于无有。……

这是一首非常疗愈的诗篇,非常适合在这个混乱的世代里读。因为我们看新闻时,常常会心里不平,怎么满口粗话不守信用的人会占大位?怎么有的人口不择言地伤人,又不肯道歉?警察本来该保护人民,却变成打人民的;也有人民反打警察?在现代的社会里,充满了不平和怒气。

在学校或工作场所里,也经常有人被霸凌,学生纠众打人,卫生局长醉酒后去急诊室暴打值班的医生,工作时被上司欺负,朋友借钱不还,还有言语上的侮辱或歧视等等。这些事情使我们心怀不平,甚至生出嫉妒,生气神为何不即刻处罚他们,把他们都就地正法! 让世界只留下好人! 就是你跟我囉! 还有对我们好的亲人和朋友,是不是?但是好像日本和南韩最近发生冲突,那么,去掉谁比较好?

How to Pray When You’re Under Pressure

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 20:1-19.  Let’s go!

2 Chronicles 20:12 (NIV) 
12  “…We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”
 
On verses 1-19:  Jehoshaphat gets word that the Moabites, Ammonites and Meunites are on their way to attack Jehoshaphat’s land of Judah (v1-2).  Jehoshaphat responds by inquiring of the Lord and proclaiming a fast for all of Judah (v3).  As the people of Judah assemble to seek help from the Lord, Jehoshaphat stands up, recalls who God is (v7), recalls what God has done (v8-9), tells God their current situation (v10-11), admits their desperate need for God and proclaims their trust in Him (v12).  I love what Jehoshaphat says in verse 12: “we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us.  We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”

God responds by giving a word to Jahaziel, telling Jehoshaphat and the people not to be afraid or discouraged.   He also tells them that “you will not have to fight this battle” (v17) “for the battle is not yours, but God’s” (v15).  The people only need to take up their positions, face their enemy tomorrow “and see the deliverance the Lord will give you” (v17).
Jeho and the people fall down in worship before the Lord (v18-19).

诗篇卅六篇

耶和华的仆人大卫的诗,交于伶长。

1 恶人的罪过,在他心里说:「我眼中不怕神。」
2 他自夸自媚,以为他的罪孽终不显露,不被恨恶。
3 他口中的言语尽是罪孽诡诈,他与智慧善行已经断绝。
4 他在床上图谋罪孽,定意行不善的道,不憎恶恶事。

5 耶和华啊,祢的慈爱上及诸天,祢的信实达到穹苍。

6 祢的公义好像高山,祢的判断如同深渊。耶和华啊,人民、牲畜祢都救护。
7 神啊,祢的慈爱何其宝贵,世人投靠在祢翅膀的荫下。
8 他们必因祢殿里的肥甘得以饱足,祢也必叫他们喝祢乐河的水。
9 因为在祢那里有生命的源头,在祢的光中我们必得见光。
10 愿祢常施慈爱给认识祢的人,常以公义待心里正直的人。……

这是大卫在遭遇恶人的迫害后所写的诗篇,当他回想恶人的所言所行时,情不自禁把他们作恶的本质都写出来。当我们对照大卫的描述时,很可能心里会认同,因为世界业,或说社会上真的有太多邪恶的存在。

人为何行恶?一、是眼中不怕神,二、是以为他的罪孽终不显露,三、连他口中所说的话也都没有良善,四、他每天想的都是图谋害人利己的事。

与恶人相对的是神的慈爱和信实。因为圣经上说,没有义人,一个也没有。所以在蒙主的救恩之前,我们都是恶人。我们的恶和神的爱一对照,很多人就因而被感化了,因为我们实在都不配领受神那样的慈爱和信实。

Getting Up After a Fall

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 19:1-11.  Let’s go!

2 Chronicles 19:1-3 (NIV) 
1  When Jehoshaphat king of Judah returned safely to his palace in Jerusalem,
2  Jehu the seer, the son of Hanani, went out to meet him and said to the king, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Because of this, the wrath of the LORD is upon you.
3  There is, however, some good in you, for you have rid the land of the Asherah poles and have set your heart on seeking God.”

On verses 1-3:  Whereas King Ahab dies while trying to attack Ramoth Gilead (see the chapter before), his co-attacker Jehoshaphat King of Judah returns safely to Jerusalem (v1).  Upon returning, Jehoshaphat is confronted by Jehu the prophet, who rebukes Jehoshaphat for partnering with the idol-worshiping, prophet-murdering King Ahab in the first place, saying “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord?” (v2)  Jehoshaphat was fortunate that nothing worse happened to him when he went with Ahab to attack Ramoth Gilead.  Jehu also reassures Jehoshaphat that despite his mistake of partnering with Ahab, God still believes in Jehoshaphat and is pleased with how he rid the land of idol worship and has his heart set on seeking God (v3).

When You Ask God for Guidance

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 18:1-34.  Let’s go!

2 Chronicles 18:3 (NIV) 
3  Ahab king of Israel asked Jehoshaphat king of Judah, “Will you go with me against Ramoth Gilead?” Jehoshaphat replied, “I am as you are, and my people as your people; we will join you in the war.” 

On verses 1-3:  This chapter is full of irony.  The first irony is that Jehoshaphat, one of the godliest kings in Judah’s history, becomes allies with Ahab, possibly the wickedest king in Israel’s history.  Their alliance came by marriage when Jehoshaphat’s son Jehoram marries Ahab’s daughter Athaliah.  This alliance would prove to be a huge mistake for Jehoshaphat’s family, one that would cause much pain and suffering for his family and the nation of Judah.  The first proof that this alliance was a mistake was here when Ahab influences Jehoshaphat to attack Ramoth Gilead, something God did not want Jehoshaphat to do. 

What can we learn from this?  Be careful whom you partner with.  When you partner with someone who does not trust the Lord, the chances are high that that partner will lead you to do things that do not please the Lord.

诗篇卅五篇

大卫的诗。

1 耶和华啊,与我相争的,求祢与他们相争;与我相战的,求祢与他们相战。
2 拿着大小的盾牌,起来帮助我;
3 抽出枪来,挡住那追赶我的。求祢对我的灵魂说:「我是拯救你的!」
4 愿那寻索我命的,蒙羞受辱;愿那谋害我的,退后羞愧。
5 愿他们像风前的糠,有耶和华的使者赶逐他们。
6 愿他们的道路又暗又滑,有耶和华的使者追赶他们。
7 因他们无故地为我暗设网罗,无故地挖坑要害我的性命。
8 愿灾祸忽然临到他身上,愿他暗设的网缠住自己,愿他落在其中遭灾祸。
9 我的心必靠耶和华快乐,靠祂的救恩高兴。
10 我的骨头都要说:「耶和华啊,谁能像祢,救护困苦人脱离那比他强壮的,救护困苦穷乏人脱离那抢夺他的?」……..

有人说过祷告要以神为中心,而不是把自己放在中心。从大卫的诗篇里,我们可以很强烈地感受到这一点,大卫的人生坎坷,但是因为他敬畏耶和华,他让神成为他生命里的重心,凡事倚靠神,向神求智慧,求带领,求拯救。他不让环境成为他的主宰,不管环境如何,神都是他的中心。

曾经有人怀疑大卫王存在过的真实性,以为那是以色列人揑造的神话,但是大卫写的诗篇让我们明白,他曾经是一个有血、有肉、有感觉、有思想的人。有一个存在的实体才会有相争的对象。你有没有这样的经历呢?在大大小小的竞争里,我们也都会遇到相争的对象,相争的目的就是打倒对方,使自己胜出。对大卫而言,与他相争的,不仅有目的性,而且想要他的命。