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The Healing That Follows Humility

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 7:11-22. Let’s go!

On verses 12-16:  After Solomon has finished dedicating the temple, God appears to Solomon. God confirms to Solomon that He has heard Solomon’s prayer, that He will be attentive to the prayers offered in the temple, and that He has chosen and consecrated this temple so that His name would be there forever.  As part of this, God speaks some of the most powerful words regarding prayer and repentance in the Bible:

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) 
14  if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

When God speaks this promise in verse 14, He is speaking about situations where the land is affected by droughts, plagues or locusts.  God promises to heal the Israelites’ land if they will humble themselves, pray, seek His face and turn from their wicked ways.

诗篇第廿二篇

诗篇廿二篇

大卫的诗,交于伶长。调用朝鹿。

1 我的神!我的神!为什么离弃我?为什么远离不救我,不听我唉哼的言语?
2 我的神啊,我白日呼求,祢不应允;夜间呼求,并不住声。
3 但祢是圣洁的,是用以色列的赞美为宝座的。
4 我们的祖宗倚靠祢,他们倚靠祢,祢便解救他们。
5 他们哀求祢便蒙解救,他们倚靠祢就不羞愧。
6 但我是虫,不是人,被众人羞辱,被百姓藐视。
7 凡看见我的都嗤笑我,他们撇嘴摇头,说:
8 「他把自己交托耶和华,耶和华可以救他吧!耶和华既喜悦他,可以搭救他吧!」
9 但祢是叫我出母腹的,我在母怀里,祢就使我有倚靠的心。
10 我自出母胎就被交在你手里,从我母亲生我,祢就是我的神。………..

大卫在写这诗时原是在描写他的心路历程,但是在圣灵的带领和感动之下,他写下了许多和基督受苦经历相关的经文,因此这诗篇又被称为是弥赛亚诗篇的代表作。主耶稣在十字架上说了七句话,其中一句便是:「我的神!我的神!为什么离弃我?」那是耶稣在极度痛苦时发出的哀号,祂可以忍受一切的痛苦,但是与神隔绝使祂受不了。在那时祂觉得神离祂远去,因为全世界的罪都在祂身上,那是耶稣最孤独的时刻。大卫在极度的逼迫里也感受到这种似乎天人隔绝的苦楚和绝望。

An Offering That Overflows

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Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 7:1-10. Let’s go!

2 Chronicles 7:1 (NIV) 
1  When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.

On verses 1-3:  Once the people have offered their sacrifices to the Lord and Solomon has finished praying on behalf of the people, fire from heaven falls and consumes the people’s burnt offering and sacrifices, filling the temple with God’s glory.  The people respond by kneeling with their faces to the ground and worshiping God, saying “He is good; His love endures forever” (v3). 

This verse reminds me of two later events.  The first event is when Elijah would face off against the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, and God answers Elijah’s prayer by sending fire upon his sacrifice, causing the people to exclaim “The Lord, He is God!” (1 Kings 18:38-39).  The second event is in Acts 2, when Jesus’ disciples are in the upper room, worshiping the Lord, and then tongues of fire are said to land on each of them, causing them to speak in tongues. 

诗篇第廿一篇

诗篇第廿一篇

大卫的诗,交于伶长。

1 耶和华啊,王必因祢的能力欢喜,因祢的救恩他的快乐何其大!
2 他心里所愿的,祢已经赐给他;他嘴唇所求的,祢未尝不应允。(细拉)
3 祢以美福迎接他,把精金的冠冕戴在他头上。
4 他向祢求寿,祢便赐给他,就是日子长久,直到永远。
5 他因祢的救恩大有荣耀,祢又将尊荣威严加在他身上。
6 祢使他有洪福,直到永远,又使他在你面前欢喜快乐。
7 王倚靠耶和华,因至高者的慈爱,必不摇动。
8 你的手要搜出你的一切仇敌,你的右手要搜出那些恨你的人。
9 你发怒的时候,要使他们如在炎热的火炉中。耶和华要在祂的震怒中吞灭他们,那火要把他们烧尽了。
10 你必从世上灭绝他们的子孙,从人间灭绝他们的后裔。………

这是一首王者的感恩歌,也可以说神膏立的君王,从扫罗、大卫直到弥赛亚基督,都希望能日子长久,直到永远。因此我们今天选了〈一生一世〉作为今天的分享诗歌。

神膏立祂为世人所立的君王后,并不是一走了之。相反地,王要因神加添的能力欢喜;因神赐的救恩快乐。神又把他心里所求所愿的赐给受膏者,福禄寿都在祂手中,还有精金的冠冕。

Put Your Hope in Jesus

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 6:32-42.  Let’s go!

2 Chronicles 6:32-33 (NIV) 
32  “As for the foreigner who does not belong to your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of your great name and your mighty hand and your outstretched arm–when he comes and prays toward this temple, 
33  then hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and do whatever the foreigner asks of you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your own people Israel, and may know that this house I have built bears your Name.

On verses 32-33:  Solomon prays that God would hear and work on behalf of the foreigner who is not an Israelite by blood but who comes to Israel from a distant land and prays toward the temple.  Solomon asks God to hear that foreigner and help that foreigner, “so that all the peoples of the earth may know Your name and fear You” (v33). 

诗篇第廿篇

诗篇第廿篇

大卫的诗,交于伶长。

1 愿耶和华在你遭难的日子应允你,愿名为雅各神的高举你。
2 愿他从圣所救助你,从锡安坚固你;
3 记念你的一切供献,悦纳你的燔祭;(细拉)
4 将你心所愿的赐给你,成就你的一切筹算。
5 我们要因你的救恩夸胜,要奉我们神的名竖立旌旗。愿耶和华成就你一切所求的!
6 现在我知道耶和华救护他的受膏者,必从他的圣天上应允他,用右手的能力救护他。
7 有人靠车,有人靠马,但我们要提到耶和华我们神的名。
8 他们都屈身仆倒,我们却起来,立得正直。
9 求耶和华施行拯救,我们呼求的时候,愿王应允我们!

在摩西五经里,神曾预言当以色列人定居在迦南之后,他们会希望像外邦人一样,希望设立一个君王。神默许了这个要求,但也立下了条件:

申命记14章

14 「到了耶和华你神所赐你的地,得了那地居住的时候,若说:『我要立王治理我,像四围的国一样』, 15 你总要立耶和华你神所拣选的人为王。必从你弟兄中立一人,不可立你弟兄以外的人为王。 16 只是王不可为自己加添马匹,也不可使百姓回埃及去,为要加添他的马匹,因耶和华曾吩咐你们说:『不可再回那条路去。』17 他也不可为自己多立妃嫔,恐怕他的心偏邪,也不可为自己多积金银。

In Every Challenge, Go to God in Prayer

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 6:22-31.  Let’s go!

2 Chronicles 6:24-25 (NIV) 
24  “When your people Israel have been defeated by an enemy because they have sinned against you and when they turn back and confess your name, praying and making supplication before you in this temple, 
25  then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your people Israel and bring them back to the land you gave to them and their fathers.

On verses 22-31:  Here Solomon continues his prayer to God by describing different challenging situations that he foresees his people going through, including:

When one person wrongs another and needs to take an oath concerning what happened (v22-23)
When God’s people encounter defeat due to sin and they turn back to God (v24-25)
When God’s people encounter famine due to sin and they turn back to God (v26-27)
When disaster strikes for reasons unrelated to the people’s sin and they call on God (v28-31)
In every case, Solomon asks God to hear from heaven and forgive, or to hear from heaven and act. 

诗篇第十九篇

诗篇第十九篇

大卫的诗,交于伶长。

1 诸天述说神的荣耀,穹苍传扬祂的手段。
2 这日到那日发出言语,这夜到那夜传出知识。
3 无言无语,也无声音可听。
4 他的量带通遍天下,他的言语传到地极。神在其间为太阳安设帐幕,
5 太阳如同新郎出洞房,又如勇士欢然奔路。
6 它从天这边出来,绕到天那边,没有一物被隐藏不得他的热气。

7 耶和华的律法全备,能苏醒人心。耶和华的法度确定,能使愚人有智慧。

8 耶和华的训词正直,能快活人的心。耶和华的命令清洁,能明亮人的眼目。
9 耶和华的道理洁净,存到永远。耶和华的典章真实,全然公义。
10 都比金子可羡慕,且比极多的精金可羡慕;比蜜甘甜,且比蜂房下滴的蜜甘甜。……

这是大卫的诗,当他写完后交给伶长,相当于现在的诗班长或指挥,也就是负责诗班的人,让他为诗谱曲吧!这诗篇是犹太人在安息日和其他节日敬拜时经常引用的诗篇。在1-6节里,大卫用大自然来形容神的荣耀和伟大;在7-11节里,用明喻和暗喻来形容耶和华的律法之圣洁和甜蜜;12-14节是大卫对神的祈祷。C. S. Lewis说这诗篇是他认为诗篇中最伟大的诗篇,其内容堪称是世上最伟大的歌词之一。

Standing on Your God-Given Platform

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 6:12-21.  Let’s go!

2 Chronicles 6:12-13 (NIV) 
12  Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in front of the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands. 
13  Now he had made a bronze platform, five cubits long, five cubits wide and three cubits high, and had placed it in the center of the outer court. He stood on the platform and then knelt down before the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven.

On verses 12-13:  Here Solomon has a platform on which he stands and speaks to the people of Israel.  Similarly, if you have trusted Jesus as your Saviour, God has given you a platform on which you can stand and influence others.  A big part of that platform is the set of spiritual gifts God has given you.  For a list of many of the spiritual gifts God makes available to His children, see Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, 28-31; and Ephesians 4:11-13.  What spiritual gifts has God given to you?  Be sure to discover, practice, develop and use your spiritual gifts with love, humility, and in unity with your church so that others can be brought near to God and so that God’s kingdom can expand on earth.  As 1 Peter 4:10 says, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”  

诗篇第十八篇

诗篇十八篇

耶和华的仆人大卫的诗,交于伶长。当耶和华救他脱离一切仇敌和扫罗之手的日子,他向耶和华念这诗的话,说:

1 耶和华我的力量啊,我爱祢!
2 耶和华是我的岩石,我的山寨,我的救主,我的神,我的磐石,我所投靠的。祂是我的盾牌,是拯救我的角,是我的高台。
3 我要求告当赞美的耶和华,这样我必从仇敌手中被救出来。
4 曾有死亡的绳索缠绕我,匪类的急流使我惊惧,
5 阴间的绳索缠绕我,死亡的网罗临到我。
6 我在急难中求告耶和华,向我的神呼求。祂从殿中听了我的声音,我在祂面前的呼求入了祂的耳中。
7 那时因祂发怒,地就摇撼战抖,山的根基也震动摇撼。
8 从祂鼻孔冒烟上腾,从祂口中发火焚烧,连炭也著了。
9 祂又使天下垂,亲自降临,有黑云在祂脚下。
10 祂坐着基路伯飞行,祂借着风的翅膀快飞。……….

这首诗和〈撒母耳记下〉22章完全一样,是大卫脱离一切仇敌和扫罗之手后所写的赞美诗,也是一首感恩诗。

倘若让你用自己的话来形容神,你会怎样形容呢?大卫形容神是他的力量,岩石,山寨,盾牌,高台,是他的神,他所投靠的。你有没有同样的感受呢?你会不会像大卫一样,随时随地都投靠神呢?