Psalm 115 – To Really Know God 詩篇115 – 要真認識神
Thursday, 23rd February 2023
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1 God is Love and Truth 神是有慈愛和誠實的
We follow God, but do we really know God? Do we know who we are following? God has already given us Isaiah 60 at the beginning of 2023, He wants us to arise and shine, He wants us to show His Light to the people around us, and He wants us to really know Him. Knowing God will give us strength and hope, so no matter where we go, we will not doubt, and we will not fear.
V1 ‘Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to Your name give glory, because of Your mercy, because of Your truth.’ We should not feel tired following God, because following God should not be tired. He will give us all the strength we need and He will sustain us no matter where we go. God’s mercy and truth are real, they are from Him, and they are for us. When we really know God’s mercy and truth, which is His Name and His Promise, then we will no longer feel weary.
Section Two V2-8 God does Whatever He Pleases神是隨自己的意旨行事的
V2 ‘Why should the Gentiles say, “So where is their God?”’ The Gentiles saw the misery of the Israelites, then they asked where God is. It’s so easy to doubt where God is, it’s so easy to blame God for everything happens to us. Because we put God in a box, we want God to do what we want to do, instead of us doing what God wants us to do. God is not our slaves, God does not take instructions from us, and the more we have expectations in God according to our own mindset, the more we will feel discouraged. We will feel disappointed when God did not do what we want Him to do. Jesus taught us to pray for God’s Will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven, not the other way around.
Section Three V9-18 God Blesses 神是賜福的
V9-11 ‘O Israel, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield.’ The idols may do many things, but they cannot bless us. Only God can bless us, He is our help and He is our shield. The Bible continues to remind us to trust in the Lord. We are the people following God, but somehow we don’t trust in God. We try to do things by ourselves for ourselves, we thought we can protect ourselves, but we don’t see only God can protect us. Furthermore, He will bless us and our generations.
V14-15 ‘May the Lord give you increase more and more, you and your children. May you be blessed by the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.’ Let us have a heart like Hannah, to see God’s blessings in our children, and to ask for this blessing. Let us have a godly desire to want children, physically and spiritually. Because God created us to manage the earth and be fruitful.
V16-18 ‘The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; but the earth He has given to the children of men. The dead do not praise the Lord, nor any who go down into silence. But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the Lord!’ God wants us to sing praises to Him loudly, we must sing out our praises to God, because when we sing and praise out loud, the darkness will go away, and the light of God will come upon us.
诗篇 115 – 要真认识神