Psalm 136 – The People of God Will Praise Jehovah 神的子民要稱讚耶和華
Wednesday, 24th May 2023
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
We may sometimes feel tired and weary, when we face challenges and hardship, we want to give up. Today God tells us to be renewed in strength in Him. How can we do that? By praising Him, giving thanks to Him, and uplifting Him no matter what.
Section One V1-3, V26 Praise God’s Attributes 稱謝神的屬性
God is good, He is the beginning and He is the end. We must praise Him no matter what when we call ourselves the people of God. Do we know Who is the God we are following? He is the I Am Who I Am God, He is the God of all gods and there is no other god bigger than Him. He is also the Lord of the lords, He rules over His people, He rules over the land, and He is in charge of all things. In V26 we know that He is even the God of Heavens.
He is a Great God, yet He gives us His mercy. He is high above, we are so small, but He gives us mercy. Can we see His mercy? We may see hardship, we may see tears, we may see failures, but today, we must see God’s mercy. This is the dark times, but when we know Who our God is then we can easily praise Him. His Will for us is good, He does not want to bring disasters to us, but to bless us.
Don’t try to give up, don’t try to run away, but to praise Him, to uplift His Name, and we will know that whatever we experience, God will carry.
Section Two V4-9 Praise God’s Creations 稱謝神的創造
Can we see God’s creations? Through His creations we can see God’s presence. He does great wonders, He laid out earth above waters, and He made great lights, everything is created by God, He wants the best of us. God wants us to stand firmly above the earth, He wants us to walk on water by faith, and He wants us to live in the light. God wants us to arise and shine, His light has come.
Section Three V10-25 Praise God’s Salvation 稱謝神的拯救
Even when the Israelites had forgotten about God, He still saved them. He does not want anyone to fall, but for everyone to be saved. Are we falling right now? What are we facing right now? He wants to save us, He loves and His mercy endures forever. God’s arms are reached out to us, to protect us, and to lead us out of the land of slavery. We may be in the land of slavery, the cave, the place without God, and the place of failure. He will take us out, He will open the Red Sea for us.
We may want to give up now, the enemy is too great behind us, the seas are too strong in front of us, we don’t see a way out, but today God will save us. Do not be afraid, do not be defeated, God will destroy our enemies, He will lead us to walk through the Red Sea. Furthermore, not only He is going to save us but He is going to lead us, He calls us His beloved, His children, and we are not orphans. We want to rely on many things in this world, we want to rely on ourselves, but when we know that we belong to God, then we don’t need to worry anymore.
God said His burden is light, His yoke is easy, we belong to Him, and He is our God. The enemies that prosecute us and attack us will fade away. We must believe firmly, we are not just Sunday Christians, we are His people every moment of our lives, not just when we come to church. God will also give us inheritance, not by our doing, not by our hard work, but because of God’s willingness to bless.
It’s time for us to humble ourselves, to lower ourselves, to stop giving ourselves excuses and to stop letting the world stop us receiving God’s blessings. When we are in the low point, God will intervene, He will save, but we must wait for God’s timing. We think that the Word of God is very far away, we think that the words spoken by Pastor don’t belong to us, but we are unwilling to wait.
We should pray the Lord’s Prayer, ask God to give us today our daily bread, forgive our sins, and let all glories go to Him. God wants to save us, not just once but for eternity. God is love, His mercy endures forever. Where are we today? God is with us no matter what, but we must first get out of our cave, quiet down our hearts, praise God and wait on Him.
诗篇 136 – 神的子民要称赞耶和华
一、v. 1-3，v.26 称谢神的属性