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Psalm 10 – How to Overcome Attack from People? 诗篇 10 – 如何得胜 从人而来的攻击

Friday, 20th August 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One V1-11 Attack of the Prideful People

A lot of time, we think God is too far away from us, especially when we face troubles, we’d think God is not with us. But we must believe, God will never leave us, He will always be with us. On the other hand, when we thought God is far away, we’d try to handle the situation ourselves. Then we will become prideful and wicked, because we are trying to make ourselves our own gods and we no longer see God in our lives.

Wicked men are prideful, who did not see themselves as they should. Where did the pride come from? From Satan, who thought it has the same power of God. But we must face this fact that God is the One gives and takes away, we should be thankful for everything we have, because everything is from God! The wicked men thought God will not judge, we become prideful and rebellious. We only come to God when we need Him, when we want something from Him or when something goes wrong in our lives.

Don’t look ourselves more than we should, having the power of healing and deliverance doesn’t mean God is with us. We must be humble and gentle before God, to be willing to lie down next to the still water and green pastures. Let God help us to know our current situation. Are we the orphans? Are we the innocent? Are we the hurt? Is it because we’re too far away from our shepherd? We thought God is hiding from us, but it’s actually us walking too far away from God! 

Section Two V12-15 Prayer in the Trouble

God already sees our situations! Let us give ourselves to God. When we face oppositions from our family, friends, neighbours, colleagues… we tend to fight back, but Psalm 10 taught us today that we should come before God and pray!

Section Three V16-18 Proclaim God’s Reign in Humility

What’s is humility? Proverbs 22:4 says that humility is to fear the Lord. We work hard and strive for success, but the Bible teaches us to fear the Lord. Everything we learnt from the world is history, is past tense, the researches people done in the past… we learnt from the past, and our human education based on our experiences.

But for those who follow God, we walk in future tense, why do we read the Bible? Because everything God teaches us is useful and reliable!
God knows what will happen to us today, are we humble to pray and let God talk over? The Gentiles don’t believe in God, they become prideful and they use the wrong eyesight to look at themselves. Humble people use the right eyesight to look at themselves, God knows what we’ll do and what we’ll say, so He prepares our hearts and teaches us to be humble.

Don’t be an outsider, change our attitude of seeing God and seeing ourselves, and let us live out the blessings and purposes God has given to us!

Prayer & Pursuit

Today, God allowed alert level 4 lockdown here, the place we thought is safe. We thought we can solve everything with our hands, we are too comfortable and we thought God is not there.

Lord, we are willing to come before You and admit we are wicked, prideful and self-righteous. We try to resolve things with our own hands, and complain that You are too far away. Lord, thank You for again reminding us that You rule and reign, You are always here, You know everything, and You vindicate for us. Help us to turn back to You, Lord, not to follow this world. Give us strength to follow You. Amen.

2021年8月20日 星期五

潘锡安牧师

当我们身处逆境,经历自己觉得不好的事情的时候,会选择怎样去面对?

一、骄傲人的攻击(v.1-11)

V1 诗人一开始问了两个“为什么”,说明他看不到神,他也觉得神躲起来了。在患难中我们很容易觉得神不在我们这里,或许他躲得太远了就看不到我们的问题。然而,我们要相信哪怕经历逆境,神永远与我们同在,他是我们的牧者,永不离开他的羊群。

V2-3 诗人称自己是被恶人追赶的“困苦人”,而“恶人”则指“以心愿自夸”(想要什么就做什么)并且“贪财的背弃耶和华”的人。这里的“恶人”是指以色列中的人。我们也可能是恶人,只想做自己的的事,有需要才来跟神祷告,贪婪钱财,轻慢神,认为自己所得的一切都与神无关,看不到“赏赐的是耶和华,收取的也是耶和华”。

V4 骄傲就是没有看自己为应当看的,是从撒旦当初堕落开始。我们和天使都是神所造的,要看到我们的一切都是耶和华所赐 – 箴言21:24 说“心骄气傲的人,名叫亵慢,他行事狂妄,都出于骄傲”,这里的“心骄气傲的人”做了不该做的事,并且自大、放纵、自以为是。我们是否是这样“心骄气傲”的人?是否觉得我们自己什么事都能做,不到最后关头不需要神的帮助?不要觉得自己很有恩赐、有能力去行神迹奇事就很厉害,约书亚虽然开始是一个惧怕的人,在各方面都不如他的同伴迦勒,但他愿意一路顺服跟随摩西,反观迦勒,自称“我的日子如何,我的力量也如何”,最后反而没有成为被拣选的领袖。骄傲就是看自己过于所当看的,我们若带着骄傲的心态觉得神“不追究”,其实就是表明我们认为“没有神”。我们平时是否倚靠神,还是只有遇到困难的时候才来求告他?我们在不知不觉中将自己当成神,反成了经文中所讲的“恶人”。我们只想着靠自己能去闯出一片天地,但在诗篇23篇中说到,“耶和华是我的牧者”,是神带着我们走,不是我们去带着神走。

V8 “无辜的人”指的是被冤枉、承受不该承受的伤害的人。当我们觉得自己无辜、无倚无靠的时候,我们觉得神躲起来了,但我们是否想过,是我们离我们的牧羊人太远了?神是无处不在的,我们若不相信,我们就是骄傲的恶人。

二、困苦中的祷告(v.12-15)

V13 这些欺压别人的“恶人”其实是认识神的,但他们心里有骄横的态度,认为神不会追究。

V14 诗人相信神都看见他所经历的事了。当我们身边的亲人做了一些让我们控诉的事情时,我们很容易想去反击,但我们是否愿意放下一切来寻求神?

三、谦卑宣告神掌权(v.16-18)

我们受这个世界价值观影响,时常努力想去赚取成功,然而我们跟从的是昔在今在永在的神,他在箴言22:4教导我们“敬畏耶和华心存谦卑,就得富有、尊荣、生命为赏赐”。我们并非什么都不做就得赏赐,而是不用像在埃及那样如奴仆一样做苦工。世界教给我们的都是过去式,唯有神的教导是现在和未来式,他知道我们每一天要面对的景况,就赐给我们新鲜的灵粮,让我们知道如何度过那一天。谦卑是能用正确的眼光看自己,骄傲是看我们大过我们所当看的,存敬畏耶和华的心才能够谦卑领受神的话语。所以诗人在V17向神说,“谦卑人的心愿你早已知道”,当我们愿意谦卑下来,预备我们的心,神就垂听我们的祷告。

V18 神掌权。我们是否相信只要我们谦卑在神里面,就能得到一切丰盛的祝福吗?愿神改变我们的信心,看法,态度,让我们进入我们的命定,走在神给我们的蒙福的道路上!

*追求祷告:

我们在基督里,是否相信神掌权?我们在新西兰这样一个安全的地方,却仍然面对封城、面对人还没有办法处理的Delta病毒,其实我们并不能解决所有问题,神让我们借着这样一个机会安静下来,反观自己的生命。我们做很多事情还以为神不会追究,但是今天的经文告诉我们,神会追究的!让我们谦卑祷告,当我们愿意回转的时候,神的怜悯医治就会来到,在末世的时候为罪为义为审判自己责备自己。求耶稣基督的宝血涂抹遮盖我们,圣灵光照我们里面一切不信、骄横的心,将里面一切黑暗、不属神、以为神必不追究的恶心都交给神!

谢谢主你让我们看到自己内心的黑暗、骄傲,你知道我们所思所行的一切事,耶和华你永永远远为王,主你必追究恶人的恶!主不曾离开我们,你在我们所处的逆境中依然掌权,让我们不再倚靠自己,不再随波逐流,而是谦卑回转,单单跟随我们的主!