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I Samuel 21 – David Faced His True Self 撒母耳记上 21 – 大卫面对真实的自己

Tuesday, 13th April 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

I Samuel 21 – David Faced His True Self

Section One: V1-6 David’s Five Loaves

David came to the temple of God, to Ahimelech the priest. At the time, David was being chased by Saul, but he was unwilling to admit that he needed help. He did not treasure this opportunity to open himself and let God help him.

David came to the temple of God, he didn’t ask for God Himself, but to fulfil his physical needs. Even though David was not relying on God, but at the end God still helped him. In order to request the five loaves of bread, David lied to the priest. What do we want from our church? Do we still ask for the five loaves of bread to fulfil our physical needs? Or can we come before God with honesty and tell Him that we cannot do anything by ourselves?

Section Two: V7-9 David’s Sword

The sword of Goliath was with David, but it’s now in the temple of God. God revealed again before David that inside his heart, he did not let go of this sword. David said he only needed God but he actually still could not let go of the sword of Goliath. What are the things we still cannot let go? Do we value our work, family, finance, children, or physical needs more than God?

God brought us from a comfort place at church to AUT campus. He is asking us “Are You There?” He wants us to open up ourselves to Him no matter where we are!

Section Three: V10-15 David’s Kingship

David came to the place of the Philistines, and he heard the words “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” These were the words that upheld David but now become the words he was afraid of. David was unwilling to face his true self.

God used the five loaves, the sword and the kingship to remind David what his life really was. Can we face our true self and really see what our life is right now? Come before God and fully rely on Him because only Him is our help and salvation!

*Prayer and Pursuit

Lord, forgive us that we only wanted to live a comfort life, we are unwilling to face our true ourselves and to come before You, we want to receive something from this world. Lord, help us to wake up from the lies we lie to ourselves and to You. But Lord, You know everything about us even deep inside our hearts.

Thank You Lord, You light upon our darkness and show us the sinful desires inside us. Lord have mercy on us that we are rebellious and not honouring You. Lord You know everything but because of Your love You are willing to give us a chance to come back. Take away our masks and lies. Help us to be like Mary to only come before You and seek You with a pure heart. Give us strength to carry on seeking You, and help us be fully present with our body, soul, and spirit in Your presence. Amen.

2021年4月13日 星期二

-潘锡安牧师-

撒母耳记上 21

大卫面对真实的自己

我们常说要倚靠神,但很多时候当事情发生了,我们反而倚靠人而没有祷告寻求神。

一、大卫的五个饼(v.1-6)

       大卫逃到神的殿,人是如何看待他呢?大卫因为被扫罗追杀,看自己如丧家之犬。但是,在神殿中的祭司亚希米勒看大卫却是一个民族英雄,是王身边的女婿,所以他问大卫为什么独自一人来。大卫就跟他撒谎,他不愿意在神的仆人面前坦诚以待,寻求帮助。祭司的工作是为人赎罪、代求,然而大卫没有珍惜这个机会,没有在神面前敞开自己。

       大卫的前半生其实并不相信神,即使他曾经能徒手杀死狮子和熊,又击杀巨人歌利亚。大卫没有在神的殿里寻求庇护和拯救,只是看他肉体的需要是否被满足,所以问祭司要五个饼。当初大卫靠着5个石子击打了巨人,但是如今,他想要倚靠的是那五个饼。我们自己的五个饼又是什么呢?我们是否也害怕会失去那些我们紧紧抓住的东西?我们来到神的教会,要的是什么?是看得见的好处,还是完全敞开来到神面前领受神的医治和祝福?我们在神的仆人面前是否还在假装自己是有能力的?

二、大卫的刀(v.7-9)

       大卫曾在众人面前说他争战不靠刀剑,唯靠耶和华(撒上17章)。巨人歌利亚的刀在巨人被杀后原本在大卫的帐篷里,如今却放在神的殿中。神借着这把刀再次提醒大卫,他所倚靠的究竟是刀,还是神?

V9b – “大卫说:『这刀没有可比的!求你给我。』” 神借着环境让大卫看到自己生命的光景,但大卫还是只看到刀。我们的刀又在哪里?我们是否因看重自己属世的东西而不愿意放下,不愿单单跟随神?这刀和五个饼可能是我们的资产、服事、家庭,等等,我们看这些大过神他自己吗?我们是否能活出“先神后人再大地”的信念呢?

        当我们的教会的主日崇拜搬到AUT大学时,神也借着这个大学的名字问我们 -“Are You There?” (“你在哪里吗?”) 扪心自问,我们真的在那里吗?我们去那里聚会,只是希望有个家而已吗?还是无论在何处,我们都能赤裸敞开、以心灵和诚实敬拜神?我们是否相信神在诗篇126篇(第4节)对我们说的,南地的河水要复流?

三、大卫的王位(v.10-15)

       大卫离开以色列,来到迦特王亚吉这里。这里是歌利亚的家乡,大卫以为最危险的地方就是最安全的地方。但是,以色列人的敌人仍能认出大卫,看他为“以色列国王”,而大卫只是看自己是疯癫的,是落难的丧家之犬。大卫再次听到人说“扫罗杀死千千,大卫杀死万万”这句曾经让他飘飘然的话,然而今天他害怕了,怕非利士人会因此杀他。他不再看这些赞许是荣耀,他在乎的是当下自己肉体的需要,而不是为耶和华争战。大卫没有面对神给他的命定,只是装疯卖傻,所以亚吉看他是疯子。

神用大卫的五个饼、刀、以及以色列国的王位来帮助大卫回到起初的呼召。我们所要的饼、刀,和王位是什么?神让我们知道我们生命的光景到底如何,我们是否愿意面对真实的自己?

*追求

求神光照我们,让我们看到自己光景如何,我们倚靠的是什么,要的是什么。让我们再一次来到神的遮盖里面,真正面对自己,看清自己的生命。若不能谦卑,我们就还是在扫罗面前的大卫。我们只想要过我们自己觉得舒适的生活,我们顽梗、叛逆,没有真实来到神面前。我们只想向前冲,得到世界的东西。求神帮助我们警醒,不要欺骗神,因为神你都知道。你拣选我们成为君尊的祭司,属神的儿女,但我们没看见,反而与世界妥协,放弃你所给我们的位分去得到世界的东西。

主我们来到你的面前,求你照亮我们里面的黑暗,看到我们的假冒为善和内心所要的。求主怜悯我们,我们以为自己能欺骗神和我们的权柄,但是神你都知道,你爱我们,给我们机会。让我们回家。求主帮助我们拿去虚假的谎言和属世的野心,像马利亚那样单纯来到主的面前,愿意单单靠主而行。谢谢主借着让我们搬去AUT大学来提醒我们 是否心在这里敬拜神?让我们不再是缺席的人,不再只是一个外壳,而是灵与魂都与主同在!