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You Are Planned and Precious to God

HI GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 28:11-21.  Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 28:11-13 (NIV) 
11  Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the portico of the temple, its buildings, its storerooms, its upper parts, its inner rooms and the place of atonement. 
12  He gave him the plans of all that the Spirit had put in his mind for the courts of the temple of the LORD and all the surrounding rooms, for the treasuries of the temple of God and for the treasuries for the dedicated things. 
13  He gave him instructions for the divisions of the priests and Levites, and for all the work of serving in the temple of the LORD, as well as for all the articles to be used in its service.

On verses 11-13, 19:   One of the key words in these verses is “the plans”.  David gives to Solomon the plans for the temple, plans which David says were inspired by the Holy Spirit.  What can we learn from this?  God is a planner.  He knows the plans He has for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).  

The Biblical Formula for Success

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Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 28:1-10. Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 28:4-6 (NIV) 
4  “Yet the LORD, the God of Israel, chose me from my whole family to be king over Israel forever. He chose Judah as leader, and from the house of Judah he chose my family, and from my father’s sons he was pleased to make me king over all Israel. 
5  Of all my sons–and the LORD has given me many–he has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the LORD over Israel. 
6  He said to me: ‘Solomon your son is the one who will build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father.
 
On verses 1-6:  In these verses, David addresses the leaders of Israel (political officials, tribal leaders, military commanders, warriors and others).  First, David recounts how he originally had it in his heart to build a temple for the Lord where the ark of God could rest (v2), but that God told him that he was not the one to build the temple due to his having shed other people’s blood in battle (v3).

诗篇第五篇

诗篇第五篇

1 耶和华啊,求祢留心听我的言语,顾念我的心思。
2 我的王我的神啊,求祢垂听我呼求的声音,因为我向祢祈祷。
3 耶和华啊,早晨祢必听我的声音;早晨我必向祢陈明我的心意,并要警醒。
4 因为祢不是喜悦恶事的神,恶人不能与祢同居。
5 狂傲人不能站在祢眼前,凡作孽的都是祢所恨恶的。
6 说谎言的,祢必灭绝;好流人血弄诡诈的,都为耶和华所憎恶。
7 至于我,我必凭祢丰盛的慈爱进入你的居所,我必存敬畏祢的心向祢的圣殿下拜。
8 耶和华啊,求祢因我的仇敌,凭祢的公义引领我,使祢的道路在我面前正直。
9 因为他们的口中没有诚实,他们的心里满有邪恶,他们的喉咙是敞开的坟墓,他们用舌头谄媚人。
10 神啊,求祢定他们的罪!愿他们因自己的计谋跌倒,愿祢在他们许多的过犯中把他们逐出,因为他们背叛了祢。
11 凡投靠祢的,愿他们喜乐,时常欢呼,因为祢护庇他们。又愿那爱祢名的人,都靠祢欢欣。
12 因为祢必赐福于义人,耶和华啊,祢必用恩惠如同盾牌四面护卫他。

这是大卫的早祷诗,也是许多人非常喜欢的。在古代近东的宗教中认为早祷是一件非常重要的事,因为他们相信神必听早晨的祈祷。正如大卫在第三节说的:“耶和华啊,早晨祢必听我的声音;早晨我必向祢陈明我的心意,并要警醒。”这当中有呼应,想要神垂听,自己必须先早起向神陈明心意且警醒,不能躺在床上随随便便地唸,好像在吩咐仆人做事;要恭敬到神的面前陈明心意,这样的晨祷,神必垂听。

God’s Calling On Your Life

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Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 27:1-34.  Let’s go!

On verses 1-22:  Here the Chronicler gives attention to the commanders and officers who served King David and led his army which consisted of 12 divisions of 24,000 men each.  Several of the army commanders listed here are also named among David’s mighty men in 1 Chronicles 11 and 2 Samuel 23, such as Jashobeam (v2), Benaiah (v5), Asahel (v7), Ira (v9), Sibbekai (v11), Abiezer (v12) and possibly others too.  These men came from various backgrounds but all became leaders who served David and led his army divisions.

What can we learn from this?

For any team to move forward and be successful in the long run, there needs to be clarity on who the leader is.  Is there a team you belong to where the question of “Who is our leader?” needs to be answered more clearly? 

Notice that Benaiah’s dad Jehoiada was a famous priest (and one of the most famous priests in Israel’s history) (v5).  Most sons would follow the vocational calling of their fathers.  Yet in Benaiah’s case, Benaiah had a calling that was different from his dad’s. Benaiah would become one of the greatest warriors in Israel’s history.

诗篇第四篇

诗篇第四篇

 1 显我为义的神啊,我呼吁的时候,求祢应允我。我在困苦中,祢曾使我宽广;现在求祢怜恤我,听我的祷告。
2 你们这上流人哪,你们将我的尊荣变为羞辱,要到几时呢?你们喜爱虚妄,寻找虚假,要到几时呢?(细拉)
3 你们要知道,耶和华已经分别虔诚人归祂自己,我求告耶和华,祂必听我。
4 你们应当畏惧,不可犯罪;在床上的时候要心里思想,并要肃静。(细拉)
5 当献上公义的祭,又当倚靠耶和华。
6 有许多人说:「谁能指示我们什么好处?」耶和华啊,求祢仰起脸来,光照我们!
7 祢使我心里快乐,胜过那丰收五谷、新酒的人。
8 我必安然躺下睡觉,因为独有祢耶和华使我安然居住。

这首诗是大卫写的,诗歌名lamnatzeakh(למנצח),翻译为“给领导者 For The Leader” 。lamnatzeakh这个字的字根menatzeakh,意思是指得胜victory。在神的眼中何谓得胜?

根据犹太古圣贤的说法:神最终的得胜是指以色列民族在神的带领下成为一个成熟,自我实现的民族;从倚靠神蹟的文化进展到可以自我供应并且人人遵守法律的国家。这就是神的得胜。到那时,神会从天上向他们微笑。

在大卫的祷告里,大卫将他的苦情呈明于神的面前。「显我为义的神」表示大卫认为他自己手洁心清,只有神知道并能证明他没罪。存著这样的心情来向神呼求,寻求帮助。

Your Service To God Makes a Huge Difference

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Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 26:1-32.  Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 26:1 (NIV) 
1  The divisions of the gatekeepers: From the Korahites: Meshelemiah son of Kore, one of the sons of Asaph. 

On verses 1-3:  Here the Chronicler begins to list the men who served as gatekeepers at the temple.  Their role was to welcome those who entered the temple and also prevent dangerous or unclean things from entering.  They were part greeter team, part usher, part security, and 100% the first impression people received when people came to worship at the temple.  The fact that the Chronicler lists in detail who served as gatekeepers shows how important the gatekeeper ministry was, and continues to be today.  If you are part of a greeter team, ushering team or security team at the church, thank you!  Your role is a crucial one.  You are the front door of the church and the first impression people receive when they come.  In fact, for people who have never been to church before, you are their first impression of your church and of Jesus.  So never underestimate your role as a greeter, usher, or security person.  When you serve as a greeter, usher or security, know that your attitude, your demeanor and how proactive, observant and loving you are make a huge difference in people’s experience at church. 

诗篇第三篇

诗篇第三篇 

1 耶和华啊,我的敌人何其加增!有许多人起来攻击我。
2 有许多人议论我说:「他得不著神的帮助。」(细拉)
3 但你耶和华是我四围的盾牌,是我的荣耀,又是叫我抬起头来的。
4 我用我的声音求告耶和华,他就从他的圣山上应允我。(细拉)
5 我躺下睡觉,我醒著,耶和华都保佑我。
6 虽有成万的百姓来周围攻击我,我也不怕。
7 耶和华啊,求你起来!我的神啊,求你救我!因为你打了我一切仇敌的腮骨,敲碎了恶人的牙齿。
8 救恩属乎耶和华,愿你赐福给你的百姓。(细拉)

这首诗歌是大卫王在逃避儿子押沙龙的追杀时所写的。借着诗歌,大卫写出他心里最深的恐惧,以及他心里对神最深的感恩。

因为大卫和拔示巴的奸情以及大卫设计谋杀其夫乌利亚的罪,神说刀剑将永不离开大卫的家,并且他在暗中所做的事,神必在以色列众人面前和日光之下报应他。果然,在大卫得知押沙龙叛变后逃离耶路撒冷,押沙龙便在以色列众人面前,日光之下,和大卫留下的妃嫔亲近。

1-2节,在大卫逃亡时受到许多人的攻击,好像棒打落水狗一样。

诗篇第二篇

诗篇第二篇 

1外邦为什么争闹,万民为什么谋算虚妄的事?
2 世上的君王一齐起来,臣宰一同商议,要抵挡耶和华并他的受膏者,
3 说:「我们要挣开他们的捆绑,脱去他们的绳索!」
4 那坐在天上的必发笑,主必嗤笑他们。
5 那时,他要在怒中责备他们,在烈怒中惊吓他们,
6 说:「我已经立我的君在锡安我的圣山上了。」
7 受膏者说:「我要传圣旨。耶和华曾对我说:『你是我的儿子,我今日生你。
8 你求我,我就将列国赐你为基业,将地极赐你为田产。
9 你必用铁杖打破他们,你必将他们如同窑匠的瓦器摔碎。』」
10 现在你们君王应当醒悟,你们世上的审判官该受管教!
11 当存畏惧侍奉耶和华,又当存战兢而快乐。
12 当以嘴亲子,恐怕他发怒,你们便在道中灭亡,因为他的怒气快要发作。凡投靠他的,都是有福的!

〈诗篇〉第二篇和第一篇不同,第一篇是讲到个人的立志和选择对一生的影响,选择跟随耶和华神的人必蒙福;第二篇则是讲到那些和以色列为敌,想要消灭以色列的邦国和君王。

在这里诗人指出以色列的敌人有法老(埃及),玛各,宁录等等,但是不管那些敌人怎样联合攻击,他们注定要被神毁灭。耶和华神己经在以色列的后裔中拣选人,并要在锡安膏他为王,他也要保护以色列,为以色列争战。

The Ministry of Prophesying

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Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 25:1-31.  Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 25:1 (NIV) 
1  David, together with the commanders of the army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun for the ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals. Here is the list of the men who performed this service:

On verse 1:  What is the ministry of prophesying?  People often think of prophesying as telling the future.  But prophesying in the Bible has a broader meaning and purpose.  Prophesying is the ability to sense when the Holy Spirit is giving a message to strengthen, encourage and comfort other people and to communicate that message effectively.  Sometimes that message may speak about future events.  Sometimes that message may speak about how God sees a person or situation in the present.  The fact that the Chronicler gives attention to the ministry of prophesying shows that prophesying had an important place in the Israelites’ worship of the Lord.