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詩篇卅二篇

大衛的訓誨詩。

1 得赦免其過、遮蓋其罪的,這人是有福的!
2 凡心裡沒有詭詐,耶和華不算為有罪的,這人是有福的!
3 我閉口不認罪的時候,因終日唉哼而骨頭枯乾。
4 黑夜白日,祢的手在我身上沉重,我的精液耗盡,如同夏天的乾旱。(細拉)
5 我向祢陳明我的罪,不隱瞞我的惡。我說「我要向耶和華承認我的過犯」,祢就赦免我的罪惡。(細拉)
6 為此,凡虔誠人都當趁祢可尋找的時候禱告祢,大水泛溢的時候,必不能到祂那裡。
7 祢是我藏身之處,祢必保佑我脫離苦難,以得救的樂歌四面環繞我。(細拉)

8 我要教導你,指示你當行的路,我要定睛在你身上勸誡祢。

9 你不可像那無知的騾馬,必用嚼環轡頭勒住牠,不然就不能馴服。
10 惡人必多受苦楚,唯獨倚靠耶和華的,必有慈愛四面環繞他。
11 你們義人應當靠耶和華歡喜快樂,你們心裡正直的人都當歡呼!

在詩篇第一篇和卅二篇的第一個字都是“ashrei”(אשרי),英文譯為“快樂”,中文譯為“有福”。第一篇第一節這樣開始:Happy is the man who has not followed the counsel of the wicked。中譯:1-2節:不從惡人的計謀,不站罪人的道路,不坐褻慢人的座位,唯喜愛耶和華的律法,晝夜思想,這人便為有福!

32篇第一節:Happy is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered over. 得赦免其過、遮蓋其罪的,這人是有福的!

詩篇的一開始就談到人生之福Happy的可能性。第一篇講到的有福,是指當人逃避罪惡的選擇,立意跟隨神走敬虔的道路時,他的人生必然蒙福Happy, 蒙福的人生自然是快樂的人生。

Seek God and Experience Rest on Every Side

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 15:1-19.

2 Chronicles 15:4 (NIV) 
4  But in their distress they turned to the LORD, the God of Israel, and sought him, and he was found by them.

On verses 1-19:  In this passage God sends Azariah with a message to King Asa of Judah at a time when Asa fears going to war (v1).  He reminds Asa of how God worked in the past – how there was a time in Israel’s history when the Israelites did not know God personally (v3-4). At that time there was lots of unrest and turmoil from wars and threats of war (v5-6).  But when the Israelites turned to God and sought God, they found Him and experienced Him personally (v2-6).  With this in mind, Azariah tells King Asa to be strong and to keep going with the work Asa started in removing idolatry from the land of Judah (v7).  Encouraged by Azariah’s message, Asa removes idols from the lands of Judah and Benjamin (v8).  He repairs the altar at the front of the temple (v8).  He also assembles all his people at Jerusalem for a worship service (v9-10).  At the worship service Asa and the people offer plentiful sacrifices to God (v11) and covenant to seek God together (v12-14), all with great rejoicing (v15a).   As further evidence of how committed and eager Asa’s heart was to seeking the Lord (v17), he deposes his grandmother Maacah as queen mother and burns up the Asherah pole she had erected (v16).  He also brings the silver, gold and articles of his father Abijah into the temple (v18).   As a result, Asa and the nation of Judah enjoyed ten years of peace (v19; see also 2 Chronicles 14:1).

詩篇卅一篇

大衛的詩,交於伶長。For the leader. A psalm of David.

1 耶和華啊,我投靠祢,求祢使我永不羞愧,憑祢的公義搭救我。
2 求祢側耳而聽,快快救我,做我堅固的磐石、拯救我的保障。
3 因為祢是我的巖石,我的山寨,所以求祢為祢名的緣故,引導我,指點我。
4 求祢救我脫離人為我暗設的網羅,因為祢是我的保障。
5 我將我的靈魂交在祢手裡,耶和華誠實的神啊,祢救贖了我!
6 我恨惡那信奉虛無之神的人,我卻倚靠耶和華。
7 我要為祢的慈愛高興歡喜,因為祢見過我的困苦,知道我心中的艱難。
8 祢未曾把我交在仇敵手裡,祢使我的腳站在寬闊之處。
9 耶和華啊,求祢憐恤我,因為我在急難之中,我的眼睛因憂愁而乾癟,連我的身心也不安舒。
10 我的生命為愁苦所消耗,我的年歲為嘆息所曠廢,我的力量因我的罪孽衰敗,我的骨頭也枯乾。……

在希伯來文裡,在這詩篇的最前面註明了這是大衛王寫給領導者For the leader的詩篇。他沒有誇耀他的功績,相反地,他把自己的軟弱全然呈現在世人面前。他把他最痛苦最無助時的感情表露無遺。讓世人明白,不要只看領導者輝煌的一面,事實上,每個領導者都有他軟弱失敗的時候。而能讓一個真正的領導者得力重新抬頭,是來自仰望神,來自耶和華的幫助。

也讓所有想當領導或是己經當領導的人明白,雖然社會上有很多教導做領導者的功課和方法,但是當你真正面對挑戰時,只有仰望神才能成為得勝的領導者。大衛教導我們,面對強敵時,你必須從內心壯大自己,而唯有親近神,按著神的話語去行事為人才能得到真正的力量。

根據猶太拉比Rashi的解釋,大衛寫這詩篇是在他從非利士人的手拯救了基伊拉城之後,掃羅派人去追殺大衛。大衛問神,基伊拉的人會不會把他交給掃羅,神說,會。於是大衛只好再度逃亡。但是也因著神的帶領,大衛可以逃脫掃羅的手, 因而大衛以感恩的心寫下這篇詩歌,讚美神的救贖。

Place Your Hope in God and Rely on His Strength

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2 Chronicles 14:1-7 (NIV) 
1  And Abijah rested with his fathers and was buried in the City of David. Asa his son succeeded him as king, and in his days the country was at peace for ten years. 
2  Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God. 
3  He removed the foreign altars and the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. 
4  He commanded Judah to seek the LORD, the God of their fathers, and to obey his laws and commands. 
5  He removed the high places and incense altars in every town in Judah, and the kingdom was at peace under him. 
6  He built up the fortified cities of Judah, since the land was at peace. No one was at war with him during those years, for the LORD gave him rest. 
7  “Let us build up these towns,” he said to Judah, “and put walls around them, with towers, gates and bars. The land is still ours, because we have sought the LORD our God; we sought him and he has given us rest on every side.” So they built and prospered.

On verses 1-7:  Asa takes over from his father Abijah as the new king of Judah.  Asa’s first course of action is to lead Judah in turning away from idol worship (v3, 5) and toward seeking and obeying the Lord (v4).  As a result, the land of Judah experiences great peace, rest, strength and prosperity (v5b-7).

What can we learn from this?  When we take the time to remove the idols from our lives and to seek the Lord, we give God more room to work and in return He brings His peace and blessing into our lives. 

The God Who Sees All of Me

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Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 13:1-22.  Let’s go!

2 Chronicles 13:18 (NIV) 
18  The men of Israel were subdued on that occasion, and the men of Judah were victorious because they relied on the LORD, the God of their fathers.

On verses 1-22:  King Abijah takes over from his father Rehoboam as king of Judah and goes to war against King Jeroboam of Israel.  Despite being grossly outnumbered (compare Abijah’s 400,000 soldiers to Jeroboam’s 800,000 troops) and despite Jeroboam’s attempt to ambush Abijah’s army, Abijah’s army gains a decisive victory over Jeroboam’s army.  The reason the Chronicler gives for Abijah’s victory is because he and his troops “relied on the Lord, the God of their fathers” (v18).

Here the Chronicler focuses on how Abijah relied on the Lord.  He even includes a speech from Abijah about how faithful he and his people of Judah are compared to Jeroboam and Israel.  In contrast, when 1 Kings 15 gives its account of Abijah’s reign as king of Judah, its treatment of Abijah is negative. The writer of 1 Kings says that Abijah “committed all the sins his father had done before him”, that “his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God”, and that it was for the sake of his father David that God allowed Abijah to have any strength at all (1 Kings 15:4).

詩篇卅篇

詩篇卅篇

大衛在獻殿的時候,作這詩歌。A song for the dedication of the House

1 耶和華啊,我要尊崇祢,因為祢曾提拔我,不叫仇敵向我誇耀。
2 耶和華我的神啊,我曾呼求祢,祢醫治了我。
3 耶和華啊,祢曾把我的靈魂從陰間救上來,使我存活,不至於下坑。
4 耶和華的聖民哪,你們要歌頌他,稱讚祂可記念的聖名。
5 因為祂的怒氣不過是轉眼之間,祂的恩典乃是一生之久,一宿雖然有哭泣,早晨便必歡呼。
6 至於我,我凡事平順,便說:「我永不動搖。」
7 耶和華啊,祢曾施恩,叫我的江山穩固;祢掩了面,我就驚惶。
8 耶和華啊,我曾求告祢,我向耶和華懇求說:
9 「我被害流血,下到坑中,有什麼益處呢?塵土豈能稱讚祢,傳說祢的誠實嗎?
10 耶和華啊,求祢應允我,憐恤我!耶和華啊,求祢幫助我!」
11 祢已將我的哀哭變為跳舞,將我的麻衣脫去,給我披上喜樂,
12 好叫我的靈歌頌祢,並不住聲。耶和華我的神啊,我要稱謝祢,直到永遠!

這篇詩篇是大衛為了獻殿或獻王宮而做呢?中文是譯為獻殿,但是在英文裡是A song for the dedication of the House. 有拉比指出,神沒有允許大衛為祂建殿,所以大衛這詩是為了 “house of cedar” ,也就是他用香柏木為自己所造的王宮而感謝神。

猶太人每天要做三次的禱告,分別稱為Shacharit, Mincha and Maariv。Shacharit是指晨禱,Mincha是下午的禱告,Maariv是晚上獻祭前的禱告。而在每天的晨禱或稱為早晨的敬拜之前,會讀經文或詩篇,在十七世紀之前,大衛寫的這詩篇便是晨禱之前每天必讀的詩篇。在慶祝Hanukkah(光明節)的當天,猶太人也要朗讀此詩篇。

The God Who Sees All of Me

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Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 13:1-22.  Let’s go!

2 Chronicles 13:18 (NIV) 
18  The men of Israel were subdued on that occasion, and the men of Judah were victorious because they relied on the LORD, the God of their fathers.

On verses 1-22:  King Abijah takes over from his father Rehoboam as king of Judah and goes to war against King Jeroboam of Israel.  Despite being grossly outnumbered (compare Abijah’s 400,000 soldiers to Jeroboam’s 800,000 troops) and despite Jeroboam’s attempt to ambush Abijah’s army, Abijah’s army gains a decisive victory over Jeroboam’s army.  The reason the Chronicler gives for Abijah’s victory is because he and his troops “relied on the Lord, the God of their fathers” (v18).

Here the Chronicler focuses on how Abijah relied on the Lord.  He even includes a speech from Abijah about how faithful he and his people of Judah are compared to Jeroboam and Israel.  In contrast, when 1 Kings 15 gives its account of Abijah’s reign as king of Judah, its treatment of Abijah is negative. The writer of 1 Kings says that Abijah “committed all the sins his father had done before him”, that “his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God”, and that it was for the sake of his father David that God allowed Abijah to have any strength at all (1 Kings 15:4).

詩篇第廿九篇

大衛的詩。

1 神的眾子啊,你們要將榮耀、能力歸給耶和華,歸給耶和華!
2 要將耶和華的名所當得的榮耀歸給祂,以聖潔的裝飾敬拜耶和華!
3 耶和華的聲音發在水上,榮耀的神打雷,耶和華打雷在大水之上。
4 耶和華的聲音大有能力,耶和華的聲音滿有威嚴。
5 耶和華的聲音震破香柏樹,耶和華震碎黎巴嫩的香柏樹。
6 祂也使之跳躍如牛犢,使黎巴嫩和西連跳躍如野牛犢。
7 耶和華的聲音使火焰分岔。
8 耶和華的聲音震動曠野,耶和華震動加低斯的曠野。
9 耶和華的聲音驚動母鹿落胎,樹木也脫落淨光。凡在他殿中的,都稱說祂的榮耀。
10 洪水氾濫之時,耶和華坐著為王;耶和華坐著為王,直到永遠。
11 耶和華必賜力量給祂的百姓,耶和華必賜平安的福給祂的百姓。

「神的眾子」從希伯來文譯為英文是「O divine beings」,直譯是「神聖的生命」,也是指所有從神來的生命,都是神的「眾子」,廣譯的可以說是指世界上所有的人;狹義地說,便是神的選民和神的兒女們,應當把榮耀都歸給神。

第三節說到「耶和華的聲音發在水上,榮耀的神打雷,耶和華打雷在大水之上」,兩次都提到水。有位猶太拉比Glazerson說:「水」這字在英文是「water」,在希伯來文是mayim (מים), mayim包含了兩個字mem (מ),和 yud (י),正如英文寫的水的號 H2O,代表兩個氫原子圍繞著一個氧原子;在希伯來文裡也正是這個意思,兩個mem (מ)代表兩個氫原子,一個yud (י)代表氧原子。

Stay Desperate and Hungry for God

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Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 12:1-16.  Let’s go!

 2 Chronicles 12:1-4 (NIV) 
1  After Rehoboam’s position as king was established and he had become strong, he and all Israel with him abandoned the law of the LORD. 
2  Because they had been unfaithful to the LORD, Shishak king of Egypt attacked Jerusalem in the fifth year of King Rehoboam. 
3  With twelve hundred chariots and sixty thousand horsemen and the innumerable troops of Libyans, Sukkites and Cushites that came with him from Egypt, 
4  he captured the fortified cities of Judah and came as far as Jerusalem.

On verses 1-4:  As soon as things got comfortable for Rehoboam, that’s when Rehoboam’s focus shifts away from the Lord.  Like a gazelle sitting comfortably by a brook only to be attacked by a lion, distracted and comfortable Rehoboam, along with all of Judah, falls prey to an attack by Shishak king of Egypt along with Libyans, Sukkites and Cushites.   Shishak captures the very cities whose defenses Rehoboam had built up years before. 

詩篇第廿八 篇

大衛的詩。

1 耶和華啊,我要求告祢!我的磐石啊,不要向我緘默!倘若祢向我閉口,我就如將死的人一樣。
2 我呼求祢,向祢至聖所舉手的時候,求祢垂聽我懇求的聲音。
3 不要把我和惡人並作孽的一同除掉,他們與鄰舍說和平話,心裡卻是奸惡。
4 願祢按著他們所做的,並他們所行的惡事待祂們。願祢照著他們手所做的待他們,將他們所應得的報應加給他們。
5 他們既然不留心耶和華所行的和祂手所做的,祂就必毀壞他們,不建立他們。

6 耶和華是應當稱頌的!因為祂聽了我懇求的聲音。

7 耶和華是我的力量,是我的盾牌,我心裡倚靠祂,就得幫助。所以我心中歡樂,我必用詩歌頌讚祂。
8 耶和華是祂百姓的力量,又是祂受膏者得救的保障。
9 求祢拯救祢的百姓,賜福給祢的產業,牧養他們,扶持他們,直到永遠。

有的人一生很平穩,有的人一生坎坷,好像大衛一樣。平穩的生活固然好,但是坎坷的路往往可以迸出更多生命的果實。就像大衛一樣,從小就被派去牧羊,碰到猛獸來襲,要靠自己去抵擋,那是何等地不容易。但也因為他從小倚靠神,他可以淬練出對神的信心,因而面對巨人哥利亞時毫不害怕。

在大衛請戰歌利亞時,他對掃羅王說:「你僕人為父親放羊,有時來了獅子,有時來了熊,從群中銜一隻羊羔去,我就追趕牠,擊打牠,將羊羔從牠口中救出來。牠起來要害我,我就揪著牠的鬍子,將牠打死。 」因此,「耶和華救我脫離獅子和熊的爪,也必救我脫離這非利士人(歌利亞)的手。」獅子和熊與巨人歌利亞相比,哪個更危險?更可怕?但是大衛因為信靠神與他同在,因此不管面對多強大的對手,他總相信能靠著神得勝。這是一種我們渴望的信心,不是嗎?