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II Samuel 5 – Walk in Victory Upon Victory 撒母耳记下 5 – 走在得胜又得胜的里面

Tuesday, 25th May 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One: V1-10 Walk in the Presence of God

God wants us to prosper, and in II Samuel 5, God’s interactions with David shows us how God blessed David to receive victory upon victory. When David became the king, he waited in Hebron for God’s timing. God did not need David to fight, He only wanted David to wait upon Him because all battles we fight belong to God.

We need to live for God every day and to be a good and faithful servant. Do not think God has left us to fight the battle ourselves. God brought David to the south of Israel to prepare him, and to bring people to join him. Today God has also brought us to the south and to wait for His timing, He is gathering people to come and join us.

David waited in the stronghold, which he called the City of David. The meaning of David is ‘being loved’, he knew God loves him more than everything else, therefore he named the city the city of being loved by God. We should always seek the love of God, which is our stronghold. Because earthly love can never fulfil us. When David lived in the stronghold, God was with him and he became more and more prosperous.

Jerusalem is the place God prepared for us, when God showed us the way, are we going to stay in our comfort zone? Or are we willing to walk into God’s appointed place for us? When God’s timing came, David no longer stayed in Hebron but went out to attack Jerusalem.

Section Two: V11-21 Walk in the Plan of God

When we know God’s presence is with us, then we should not stay in the same place but to walk in God’s plan for us. Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and carpenters and masons. Cedar trees were used to build the temple of God, then David knew he was walking in the Plan of God.

David became king when he was 30 years old, and he died when he was 70. But even though he walked in God’s plan but he had his weaknesses. He took many wives and concubines, at the end he had to pay for the consequences. Sin will also be passed down from generation to generation, and therefore David’s son Solomon also had the same problem with women.

When the Philistines came to attack them, David sought God. However, even though David knew God is a jealous God, he and his followers still took the idols of the Philistines. The idols were around David’s life, even though he walked in God’s Plan, but these idols influenced David and stopped David from seeing his lustful sins. Even if we don’t worship the idols, but if we don’t get rid of them, they can still influence our lives.

Section Three: V22-25 Walk in the Protection of God

Following God can become a pattern, we thought we knew the way God works, we tend to walk in the same old patterns and no longer seek God in everything we do. But God wants us to continue to humble ourselves and be connected with Him. Every morning, the morning devotion helps us to come before God, light up the temple of God, and seek His Word for us today. We are not a programme, we are not set to do the same thing day by day, but God wants us to come to Him every day, to receive His fresh Manna for us.

Are we willing to humble ourselves, deny ourselves, and believe God prepares? Take away our masks, come before God, and ask His light to shine upon us!

Prayer & Pursuit

Thank You Lord, for shining Your light upon us, so we can see the things that do not please You in our lives. Your will for us is to receive a life victory upon victory, so give us strength to let go of the things we hold onto in our lives. Let us be like David, to wait upon You and to seek You always. Amen.

2021年5月25日 星期二

-潘锡安牧师-

撒母耳记下5

走在得胜又得胜的里面

从神在希伯仑和耶路撒冷与大卫的互动中我们看到大卫如何走进命定。神给我们的计划不是让我们难堪、跌倒或失败,而是兴旺、荣耀、得胜又得胜!作为神的仆人,我们要知道这是神给我们的命定,就分辨周围环境那些负面的事情是否从神而来。

一、走在神的同在里(v.1-10)

V1 在希伯仑的七年零六个月,神更多地预备大卫的生命。时候到了,以色列的众支派就来希伯仑见大卫,而不用大卫去找他们。

V2 在撒母耳去到耶西家膏立大卫的时候,大家其实都知道。神一路在预备大卫。在大卫进入希伯仑两年之后扫罗的儿子伊施波设就死了,但为什么大卫要等七年呢?正如以弗所书2章9-10节所说:“都是照他自己所预定的美意,叫我们知道他旨意的奥秘, 要照所安排的,在日期满足的时候。。。”一切都在神的计划里面,大卫愿意等候神。我们愿意等候神吗?是否在等待的时候觉得自己被丢弃?对于大卫,虽然伊施波设死了,他却没有马上称王,而是等候神的时刻,他知道神与他同在。我们是否知道在等待的时候,神不曾放弃我们?

V3-5 大卫是在希伯仑登基作王,因为神要大卫看到,他能作王,不是大卫有多厉害,他不需要去攻打,他只需要等待神的时刻就好了- 等待神出手,等待神的召聚。“七年零六个月”- 神每一天都在计算,我们没有一天是被浪费的,所以要谨慎,每一天都做忠心良善的仆人。今天我们在这里,要看见我们如同在大卫的希伯仑,等候神召聚“众长老”来到我们当中,我们是否愿意等候那个作王的时刻?

V6 耶布斯人所说的意思是,他们这里虽然都是瞎子、瘸子,但是大卫的军队也攻打不进来,因为这个城的防守很坚固。然而,“当日”神给大卫智慧,告诉他从水沟上去。神做事跟人做事不一样。如此,大卫便得着耶路撒冷,住在里面,“给保障起名叫大卫城”。“大卫”的意思是“被爱的”,说明这个城是被神爱的。人不爱大卫,追杀他,但大卫知道神爱他。我们都在孤儿的灵里面,然而,我们不要追逐人的爱,唯有神的爱是我们的保障。

V10 当大卫住在神的爱里面时,“日见强盛,因为耶和华万军之神与他同在”。我们是否能强盛,取决于我们是否相信我们有神与我们同在。扫罗为自己要抢要拿,大卫却安息在主的同在中。大卫作王之后第一件事就是去把耶路撒冷攻打下来,因为知道这是神的心意 – 耶路撒冷就是摩利亚山所在,是当年亚伯拉罕献以撒的地方,又被称作“耶和华必预备”。我们是否只想留在我们的安乐窝里,还是愿意走到神为我们预备的山上?大卫明白真理,看重神的预备,所以攻取耶路撒冷。

二、走在神的计划里(v.11-21)

当我们知道有神同在,我们每一天都不是浪费的时候,我们就要起来走在神的计划里。

V11-12 “希兰”意思是 尊贵,他运给大卫的香柏木是用来建圣殿的。当大卫看到这点时,他知道自己走在神的计划里。

V13-16 大卫有他的软弱。他犯罪都是在情欲里,娶的妃嫔众多,也造成日后孩子们互相击杀,在他作王的生命中留下瑕疵。我们虽然走在神的计划中,我们却有自己的问题,这问题若不是属神的,我们就要为这问题负上代价。让我们传给我们后代的是祝福而不是罪。

V21 大卫知道神的心意,也知道要谦卑,但他有软弱之处。非利士人留给以色列人的偶像被大卫他们“拿去”- 意思是“高举”。耶和华是忌邪的神,但是大卫没有烧掉偶像,反而自行拿去。记得当初大卫跟扫罗的女儿米甲结婚,米甲用自己的偶像帮助大卫逃脱扫罗的追杀,而大卫并不觉得这是一个问题。大卫没有看到这些偶像背后给他带来的是情欲的罪。我们常以为偶像让我们不爱神,其实,我们还是会继续爱神服事神,但是这些偶像让我们的生命有破口。所以不要自以为属灵,要时常用神的话语察验自己。

三、走在神的保护里(v.22-25)

很多时候我们跟从神,以为有一套公式可以让我们按部就班, 但神不要我们成为一个编写好的程序,而是每一天亲近他,领受他新鲜的灵粮。神要我们不断寻求他,与他连结,进入他的保护里。每一天的晨祷就是与神连结的时刻。我们参加晨祷,就是在神的殿中点灯、倒油,将自己完全降服在神的面前。

我们若要过一个得胜又得胜的生命,就要走神的同在、神的计划、以及神的保护里。如何走出我们的失败,过上得胜又得胜的生命?其实神都预备好了,关键在于我们是否谦卑、降服。

*追求

弟兄姐妹,我们真的愿意谦卑降服、放下自己,相信神必有预备吗?让我们放下自己外表的伪装,谦卑来到十字架前,求神饶恕我们,帮助我们。让我们靠着圣灵,将这些不属神的、从我们拜偶像来的情欲的东西、求神拿走这一切影响我们领受神的福分的东西、求神洁净、光照我们。

谢谢主光照我们,让我们看到自己里面不讨你喜悦的地方。主你的心意是让我们过得胜又得胜的生命,求主给我们加添力量,让我们愿意放手,像大卫一样谦卑自己,单单寻求你,等候你,经历你的同在!奉耶稣基督的名祷告,阿们!