Psalm 113 – To Shine for God 詩篇113 – 為神發光
Tuesday, 21st February 2023
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-3 Uplift the Name of God
This is one of the Psalms of Hallelujah, which are used when the men in Israel went up to the Holy Temple three times a year to worship God. They would sing the psalms and walk up to the Holy Temple. When we praise God and sing Hallelujah, we will shine for God. We will no longer stay un our negative emotions and our darkness, but we can shine for God. Jesus taught us to gather treasure in the Heaven, let us focus on the Heaven, not on things of this earth.
The recent flood and cyclone gave us a wake up call, a signal, a lot of rich people’s houses were destroyed because they were building on the mountain top. No matter how big the house we have, when the flood and the cyclone come, it may not stand firm. V1 ‘Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord!’ The servants of the Lord is also the worshippers of the Lord, God is our banners, He has received victory in our lives, have we shown people that we have received the victory? He wants us to lift Him up and to shine for Him.
V2 ‘Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore!’ His Name is worthy of all praises, do we praise His Name and can we stand up for God? When we uplift the Name of God, then we can also lead an army for God to go forward, not a group of refugees. Right now God wants us to lift Him up, not when we are ready, but start from now.
V3 ‘From the rising of the sun to its going down the Lord’s name is to be praised.’ New Zealand is the place of the rising of the sun, this is a land flowing with milk and honey, but do we see the blessings we have from God for this land? Do we let people see the Name of God in this land? Or do we only see the negative things happening around us? Let God arise in our lives, in our land, in our nation…
Section Two V4-6 Proclaim the Power and Authority of God 宣告主權能
V4 ‘The Lord is high above all nations, His glory above the heavens.’ God is full of power and authority, when we proclaim this then people can see it. The more we proclaim the power of God the more we can receive this power in our lives, and the more we can show people the power of God in our lives!
V5-6 ‘Who is like the Lord our God, Who dwells on high, Who humbles Himself to behold the things that are in the heavens and in the earth?’ Do not take everything we have for granted. Do we know that God blessed us all this time? When we don’t have the protection of God, then the devil will come to kill, steal, and to destroy. God never wants to harm us, but our choice made us where we are and who we are today. Do we choose to be in the army of God? Or do we choose this world? When we follow the worldly values, then we will fall into the world and we will fall into temptation of the devil.
Section Three V7-9 Release the Power and Authority of God 釋放神權能
V7-8 ‘He raises the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the ash heap, that He may seat him with princes— With the princes of His people.’ Do we know that we need God? It’s so easy to see the problems and hurt in our lives, but do we know God? Do we seek God? And do we release the power and authority of God into our life and the lives of others? God has restored our glorious identity; we are no longer in lack but we are abundant in God.
V9 ‘He grants the barren woman a home, like a joyful mother of children. Praise the Lord!’ Do we feel ashamed when we cannot produce for God? We will become the barren women when we don’t have disciples and people following us. Do we have this hunger and thirst for God and for preaching the Gospel? Our children are the inheritance of God, not only our physical children but also spiritual children. God wants us to become a joyful mother of children, He wants us to become a satellite cell group church. We can all become cell group leaders, we can all have our own satellite cell group, and we can all shine for God. His light is here! Awake! Arise! Shine!
詩篇113 – 為神發光