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II Samuel 22 – Jehovah: God of David 撒母耳记下22 – 耶和华: 大卫的神

Wednesday, 23rd June 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

This chapter was also recorded in Psalm 18, David’s song of victory. Only two songs were recorded in the Bible, one is the song of Hannah, and the other one is this song of David. David wrote this song when he was old and when he realized that all the strength he had was from God, God gives us grace, He is the One who saves. But when there is gap in our lives then something will be lost. David was a capable and mighty warrior because God gave him favors, but when he was old, because of the gap his life, the devil was able to attack him.

Buy God didn’t leave David and David didn’t  give up on God. So unlike Saul, God didn’t take David away when he was still young, but let him live to an old age. David didn’t overcome by his strength in battle but by praising God.

Section One: V1-20 God Saved David

For David, God is his rock, his strength, his salvation, his stronghold, his refuge, his Savior, his shield… do we know who our God really is? When we know this then we can fully rely on God. David was attacked and chased by his son, because of his weakness and failures. But God didn’t leave David to deal with his problems by himself. It says in verse 4 that when David call on God, He hears and comes to his aide. Most of the time when we face problems or when attacks come to us, we will easily complain, instead of praying and praising God.

Let go of the rubbish in our mouth and in our mind, these are worthless and meaningless words, and the only poison our faith in God and keep us in a doing mode. When we call upon the Lord, He will hear us and come to us. Then He will come down to us, to hold up His mighty hand and lift us up from all the problems in our lives.

Because when we are willing to admit our weaknesses, and to admit that we will get old, get tired and get weak; and God is all that we can rely on. Then God will lead us to a specious place. Let us not to focus on what people do or didn’t do, which harm and hurt us, but only be rejoiced in Him.

Section Two: V21-28 God Repaid David

God repaid David for his holiness and righteousness. But we all know David’s wicked ways, then how God would still favor him? Because he obeyed the way of the Lord. This way is from the Bible: to humble, to obey, to deny ourselves and to benefit others. In David’s old age, he decided to live his life according the Torah, to be a person pleasing to God and to stay away from sins. David is no longer fighting back with his own strength, he knew God’s righteousness and grace. How we treat others will determine how God treat us!

Prideful people are those who don’t see God as their salvation. When we thought we can do anything by ourselves and lift up ourselves, we did not see that God has a better way. We should always rely on God and seek His way, even though we already have a solution. Do we have a unsatisfactory heart and always seek God for the better way? Don’t rely on our own strength. God wants us to be better, the instructions from authority and from God is better. Let us focus on what God can do not what we can do.

Section Three V29-43 God Fought for David

When we point finger at others, the rest of the fingers are pointing at ourselves. God fights for us and helps us to come out of the darkness. When we ask God to deal with our enemies, God will first deal with our lives. We will easily see what others do  to make us angry but we hardly see what we do that make God and our authority angry.

When God is with us then we can see what the enemy is doing and we can overcome all the lies in our lives and identify we are the cancer and we are the problem. Do we know how important God’s Word is to us? When we rely on God’s Word, it will become our shield; when we seek Him, then He will become our stronghold. It’s so easy for people to just search solutions on the internet, but it keeps away from spending time in the Word of God. The ways of the world may help us but they cannot replace God’s Word.

When we rely on God then He will help us to fight. David admitted that everything he had was from God, God will provide for him and he didn’t have to fight for himself. He no longer needed to hold onto the stones or a sword as he gave all the credits to God. It was no longer “David kills tens of thousand” but “God kills the tens of thousand”!

Section Four: V44-51 The God of David and his descendent

Do we believe God is real and living? Do we hold up this truth? When we pray for others do we believe our prayers will be heard? David believed God will be the God of his decedents and at his old age he finally recognized this truth, to longer live with his own strength, but to praise God and seek God in everything. Despite David’s failures, God still had mercy on him and was pleased with him.

Prayer & Pursuit

Lord, let us live under Your fragrance under the Tree of Life, we are willing to humble ourselves and to no longer rely on our own strength. We no longer want to hold onto what we think is important, but choose to deny ourselves in all things. We no longer wish to follow our own plans because we believe You have a better plan. Help us, Lord, not to be like David, who only realized this truth when he was old, but to be a wise person and return to You now. Amen.

2021年6月23日 星期三

-潘锡安牧师-

撒母耳记下21

耶和华大卫的神

大卫年轻时倚靠自己的能力出人头地,但在后半生出现了破口,失去了这个能力,以致年老时身体疲乏。因着神的恩典,他最后虽不是靠征战得胜,却可以靠赞美得胜。本章的诗歌也是诗篇第十八篇 – 大卫的凯歌,与撒母耳记上开头哈拿的诗歌成为撒母耳记首尾呼应的两首诗歌。

一、耶和华是拯救大卫的(v.1-20)

V1 大卫用赞美回应神。

V2-3 当我们遇到仇敌攻击的时候,我们要知道、记得、宣告耶和华神在我们生命中的角色是什么,如此,耶和华的拯救才会临到。当我们骄傲,觉得靠自己可以解决问题的时候,反而会走投无路,但当我们谦卑回转寻求神的时候,我们才真正经历神。

V5-6 大卫被儿子追杀过,也经历过丧子之痛,但神没有丢弃大卫,是大卫的救主。

V4 当我们被攻击的时候,我们常常会抱怨,但圣经教导我们,我们嘴里说出的应当是感恩赞美的话,我们心里是否愿意呢?当我们说出负面的话时,反而会伤害自己对神的信心。我们要求告、赞美耶和华,这样才能从仇敌手中被救出来。

V7-8,15,17-20 当我们呼求时,神会从“殿中听了我的声音”,就在“那时”,神会亲自降临,使仇敌四散、扰乱。神不仅对付仇敌,还伸手抓住我们,将我们从所有的问题中拉出来。大卫在这里承认是神让他能脱离“比我强盛”的“劲敌”(V18),知道自己是软弱的,不再是“杀死万万”的大卫,他愿意倚靠神。大卫也知道神喜悦他(V20),不再像年轻时怀着孤儿的心觉得父亲和哥哥们不喜欢他,以致四处寻求别人的爱。我们是否愿意以神为乐,相信唯有倚靠神才得拯救?神在这里向我们伸出手说,“Come to me”,我们愿意回应他吗?

二、耶和华是报应大卫的(v.21-28)

V22-25 当大卫宣告耶和华是他的倚靠时,耶和华就报答大卫了。当我们遵行神的道 – 就是谦卑顺服、舍己利他,不做神不喜悦的事,耶和华是会按着我们的公义来报答赏赐我们。大卫在这里说自己是按着圣经的教导来行事的,也“保守自己远离我的罪孽”- 他知道自己的罪孽和软弱之处就是淫乱,所以他要刻意远离这些试探。大卫并没有说自己是完全公义清洁,而是说神会“按着”他的公义清洁来赏赐他。大卫不再倚靠自己,而是完全交托给神。

V26-28 我们是什么样的人,神就怎样报应我们。“高傲的人”以为自己不需要神就可以成事,但这样反而让神离开他们。我们是否这样高举自己,以为我们什么都懂?谦卑不是假装自己什么都不会,而是虽然知道自己也可以将事情做得好,但神若出手,可以让我们做得更好。我们愿意相信神做的、我们权柄给的意见比我自己的更好吗?若我们不放下自己的高傲,神会使我们“降卑”(downgrade)。

三、耶和华是争战看护大卫的 (v.29-43)

V29 神在对付我们的仇敌前,先对付我们自己的生命。我们很容易伸手对别人的不足之处指指点点,却看不到自己的缺点。神在争战之前,要先处理我们里面的黑暗,因他是我们的“灯”,让我们看到我们里面的肮脏。

V30 当我们有神,我们才有勇气去面对冲突,看到仇敌的作为,超越仇敌的谎言,看到自己真正的问题所在。

V31 神的话是“妥拉”,我们是否相信“他的道是完全的,耶和华的话是炼净的,凡投靠他的,他便做他们的盾牌”?我们能否风雨无阻来晨祷?当我们愿意相信神、追求他的话语时,他就做我们的盾牌。

V33 我们要在神的话语里面下功夫、扎稳根基,而不是追求世人的方式。

V34-35 只要我们倚靠神,神就会帮助我们争战。

V36 大卫不再像当年面对歌利亚时那样炫耀自己能战胜狮子和熊,不再需要倚靠那几颗石子做他的武器,而是宣告神的救恩、温和。大卫将一生的荣耀都归给神。

V40-41 大卫能“杀死万万”,不是靠自己的能力,而是神能够。我们是否相信我们的247祷告是有用的?还是只是把祷告当成一个事工?我们不要高举自己的能力,而要谦卑。

四、耶和华永远是大卫和他后裔的神(v.44-51)

V47 大卫承认耶和华是活神,是应当被人称颂、尊崇的。我们愿意相信吗?愿意有胆量在人前高举神吗?当我们说要为人祷告的时候,我们心里是否是虚的,是否觉得祷告不够,还想要自己出手来解决?

V50-51 大卫愿意承认耶和华是他和他后裔的神,我们是否愿意一心来称颂、倚靠这位神呢?

*追求祷告

我们是否愿意相信,当我们呼求的时候,耶和华会应允我们的祷告?让我们活在生命树下,领受生命树的氛围,不再执着靠自己,让我们凡事牺牲自己 – 不以自己的意见为坚持,而是愿意交托神,承认自己的有限,相信神比我们更好。求神拆毁我们里面的坚固营垒,不要让撒旦的谎言进入我们里面。当圣灵提醒我们的时候,我们要回转。愿神加力量给我们!奉耶稣基督的名祷告,阿们!