Psalm 116 – See Light in the Darkness 詩篇116 – 在幽暗中看見光
Friday, 24th February 2023
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-4 To Call Upon the Lord 要求告耶和華
This Psalms talks about how God led the Israelites out of Egypt and enter the land flow with milk and honey. At the very beginning the psalmist talks about the love for the Lord. The Israelites were being surrounded by the enemy so how can they still see the love of God? V1 ‘I love the Lord, because He has heard my voice and my supplications.’ We can love because God loves us first, we must have this trust in God, to know that God loves us. Do we believe God loves us in our darkness, our hurt, our depression, or hopelessness…?
V2 ‘Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.’ Do we see God’s ear inclined to us? In deep darkness, the psalmist saw that God’s ear listening to their prayers. Why can’t we love? Because we don’t believe that God hears us. V3-4 ‘The pains of death surrounded me, and the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow. Then I called upon the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul!”’ In pain of death, trouble, and sorrow, the psalmist cried out to the Lord. When we face difficulties, injustice, troubles, challenges… what is our attitude? Do we feel sorry for ourselves or do we proclaim the Name of God? We should not magnify our problems, but to see light in the darkness.
If we seek to be understood and to be loved, then there is nothing and no one in this world that can do this. Even we cannot fully understand ourselves! It’s our soul that is dissatisfied, do we live on this world as it is in Heaven? The world is lying to us, the world is deceiving us, and we must pray for God to save our souls! Stop looking at the things on this world that will vanish, but to seek God, to call upon Him in the deep darkness.
Section Two V5-11 To Trust in the Lord 要相信耶和華
V5-6 ‘Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yes, our God is merciful. The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.’ The psalmist understand that God is righteous and merciful, He preserves the simple, who easily trust in God. We must return like little children, to believe everything God says to us, and to stop doubting. We fear that when we spend more time to worship God, then the things on our to do list will not be complete. Do we believe that God treats us with great blessings? God is not giving us a dead end, but He is showing us the way to life.
V8 ‘For You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.’ When we walk in the way of the world, we see hopelessness and we see pain. But when we walk in the way of God, then He will lead us. His eyes will become our eyes and His feet will become our feet. We will be walking on the land of living, not the path of death! The world gives us darkness, but God brings light, we are not in the desert and we are not in the wilderness. He will lead a way for us always.
V10-11 ‘I believed, therefore I spoke, “I am greatly afflicted.” I said in my haste, “All men are liars.”’ When we rely on people then we will be discouraged, we will be tripped over, therefore we must rely on God, God is faithful, He is full of peace, no matter what happens He will protect us to the end.
V12-18 To Praise the Lord 要讚美耶和華
V12 ‘What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me?’ We don’t know what we have to walk in the way of God, we feel this is too difficult and we want to give up at the very beginning. The worldly teaching tells us that we can never be good enough and we have nothing to give back to God. But here the psalmist said in V13 ‘I will take up the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.’ When we follow God, we can be renewed every day, when we trust in Him, then we don’t need to worry. Stop believing in the old-self but to rebuke it. When we take the communion, we remember the love of Jesus and the salvation in our lives. The old has gone and the new is here! Only God can make the old goes away and brings the new.
V14 ‘I will pay my vows to the Lord now in the presence of all His people.’ When we share the testimonies of God, His signs and wonders will happen again and again. We must always proclaim and speak of what God has done in our lives. Get rid of our old-self and speak our low point in front of people. He will reveal His Glory in us in front of people, and people can see the great work of God in our lives. We must let God arise.
诗篇 116 – 在幽暗中看见光