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Psalm 142 – Revelation in the Cave 诗篇 142 – 在山洞里面的启示

Friday, 14th May 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Psalm 142 – Revelation in the Cave

Section One V1-2 – My Trouble

” I cry out to the Lord with my voice; with my voice to the Lord I make my supplication. I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble.”

David used his voice to speak out his troubles to God. This was how he expressed his feelings to God. The world teaches us to listen to those who are troubled and not make any comments, but can this really help them? Only God can help us, and no matter how much teaching we give, if we don’t bring people to God then their problems will never be solved. Only God is our salvation and our fortress, why should we be afraid?

When we are in the cave, we should give our troubles to God. Where is our cave? Where is the place we go to hide from our God and to give excuses for not seeking God? Maybe it’s our work, our marriage, our children, our finance, our investment, etc. In our cave we should seek God, David knew this secrete.

Section Two – V3-5 God Knows

“When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk They have secretly set a snare for me. Look on my right hand and see, for there is no one who acknowledges me; refuge has failed me; no one cares for my soul. “I cried out to You, O Lord: I said, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”

We need to understand this important truth, God knows everything we are going through. When we have negative emotions and feel upset, it means our soul and spirit have lost direction. When this happens we need to ask God for healing. David asked God to see his right hand, the place of God’s blessings because he did not feel blessed.

God wants to bless us, but we tend to focus on the wrong direction, we focus on people instead of God. We are afraid to be abandoned, to be rejected, and to be hurt. A lot of people chose to give up on a relationship because they are afraid of being the one rejected. But God knows everything and when He comes to our lives we should no longer be afraid.

Section Three V6-7 – God Will Take Action

“Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low; deliver me from my persecutors, for they are stronger than I. Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Your name; the righteous shall surround me, for You shall deal bountifully with me.”

God knows our troubles and He will lead us out of prison. Why do we have so many troubles in our lives even when we believe in Jesus? Because we are still living in this world, and that’s why Jesus taught us in the Lord’s prayer, “May Your Kingdom come, on this earth as in heaven.” We need to live a live as in heaven.

Prayer & Pursuit

Lord, we all have a cave, which hides us and blocks us from seeing Your light. Help us to come out of our own cave and enter into Your presence. You know what our caves are, and when we are willing to expose ourselves before You, You will come into our lives and protect us. Let Your peace and joy be with all of us! You are the God, who brings light to us, we long to walk with You and be blessed by You. Amen.

2021年5月14日 星期五

-潘锡安牧师-

诗篇 142

在山洞里面的启示

这首诗是大卫在洞中写的。他在被膏立为以色列未来的王之后,似乎仍然过着过去的生活,甚至为了躲避扫罗的追杀而逃到洞中。就在这最靠近神的时候,他用诗歌向神倾吐自己的感受。

一、我的苦啊(v.1-2)

大卫的苦不仅是在心里,他还用声音向神陈明自己、向神哀求。大卫在亚杜兰洞的时候有四百勇士和他的家人来投靠他,他并非孤单一人,但他单单向耶和华吐露苦情,因为他知道人不能帮助他。我们虽然被教导要聆听别人,但是聆听只能让那些抱怨的人一时感觉良好,真正能帮助他们的是神。所以若与人陪谈的时候,我们要将他们带到神那里,明白唯有耶和华是我们的山寨和避难所,我们就不必惧怕任何人事物。

有些人的山洞是他的工作,或是婚姻(以为他可以逃到一段关系里面掌控他人),或是财务和投资(以为这些可以为他们带来好处,殊不知每日他们看的都是数字的高低起伏)。我们的“山洞”应该是单单与神在一起,正如大卫之后写的一首诗说他在神的“院宇住一日,胜似在别处住千日”。

二、神知道 (v.3-5)

V3 我们的问题,其实神都知道。当我们的负面情绪出来的时候,我们要省察 – 因为我们的灵魂体是一起的,当我们的身体或灵魂(情绪)出现状况的时候,说明我们的灵也在“发昏”。在这时候,就像大卫所宣告的,神“知道我的道路”。我们遇到问题的时候第一要去寻找的就是神。

V4 “右边”原本是祝福我们的,但如今充满了孤单。我们害怕孤单,害怕被人丢弃,源于过去我们从父母那里有被丢弃的经历或感觉。有些人因为不想被丢弃,所以先丢弃别人;有些人为了不被丢弃,就在关系中委曲求全,好像有些女人眷恋自己的丈夫,最后变成怨妇甚至离婚。

V5 要知道我们的“福分”唯有神,不是任何其他人

三、神做事(v.6-7)

神知道我们的苦之后,就会领我们“出离被囚之地”,让我们可以赞美神的大能。“义人”就是那些跟从神的人。信从神的人从开始到被祝福有一个过程,当我们还在面对苦难的时候,说明我们还住在地上,这时就要学习主祷文所说的,“愿你的国降临,愿你的旨意行在地上如同行在天上”。我们就在地上要活出属天的尊荣的生命。

*追求

是的,我们都有自己的山洞,以为自己能躲起来,但这个山洞将我们困在黑暗里面。唯有神能保护我们,让我们用信心看到将来的祝福。求神帮助我们出离自己的山洞,进入神的奇妙光明。

主你知道我们的山洞。当我们愿意赤身露体来到你面前不再躲藏的时候,主你的保护就在我们的灵魂体里面,让我们得到平安、喜乐。奉耶稣基督的名捆绑、砍断、破除魔鬼的欺骗!主你是带领我们出黑暗入光明的神!让我们与你同行,得到从你而来出乎意料的平安!