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Psalm 30 – Return to God 诗篇 30 – 回转归向神               

Wednesday, 29th December 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

As Christians, we often thought of our relationship with God is Him solving our problems. We perceive a victorious life is when we overcome all the troubles and difficulties. But in the Psalms of David, a lot of times, David was in difficult situations, but he was thankful. Can we also be thankful in all circumstances? Not only when everything goes smoothly. God wants us to receive victory in all circumstances. At the end of the year, are we willing to align and cross, to receive victory upon victory?

Section One V1-5 Remembering the Past

V1 ‘A Psalm. A Song at the dedication of the house of David. I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, and have not let my foes rejoice over me.’ This was a psalm of thanksgiving and blessing, David showed us a good example that when we give thanks, we must also remember our low points. When we remember how low we were then we can see how great God is. In I Chronicles 21, God was displeased with David and the Israelites, therefore He sent a plague. David realised he made a mistake when he decided to take a census of his army, because he was prideful, and he did not seek God.

God wants us to build a relationship with him, He likes to talk to us, and He enjoys fellowship with us. Building a relationship with God is not limited to when we kneel in front of the window and pray; or when we worship at church… it’s like being in a relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend, or being like a baby, to ask God anything and everything; to talk to God anywhere and everywhere. When David decided to take a census, he wanted to do something, but he did not ask God, therefore, he failed. God does not want to control our lives; He simply enjoys sharing with us and having an intimate relationship with us.

V4-5 ‘Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favour is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.’ It’s so easy for us to remember hard times and difficult times, we tend to remember the times when people wrong us, but we forget the good times and blessed times. Can we stay in the love with God all the time? When we feel loved, we won’t get angry so easily and we won’t feel offended so easily. How long do we stay angry? Sometimes, one word or one look may make us feel offended because we did not feel love from God.

A wealthy person will not care if they lost one dollar; if we are filled by the love of God, we will not feel sad when one person says something that offends us. Do we walk in God’s blessings or in the worldly flesh desires? Let us remember how we experienced God in the beginning, how much we were loved by God, and how much God blessed us!

Section Two V6-10 Admitting Our Weaknesses

V6 ‘Now in my prosperity, I said, I shall never be moved.’ David became prideful when he was taking the census, he saw the number of his army and took the credit upon himself. But then when God showed His anger, David repented quickly and surrendered to God. V7 ‘Lord, by Your favour You have made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled.’ Do we also know that only by the light of God, we can be saved from darkness? The Word of God is the light before our feet. It shines in our paths and leads us to the right path.

V8-10 ‘I cried out to You, O Lord; and to the Lord, I made supplication: “What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth? Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper!”’ When we repent and admit our weaknesses, God can give us a new chance and allow us to resurrect from death. Can we really come humbly before God and open ourselves up to Him?

Section Three V11-12 Receiving Blessings

V11 ‘You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.’ When we make a mistake, do not think time will heal everything, instead, we should learn to admit our mistake to God, then we can receive blessings. David asked God to cloth him with joy, without trust and love, there will be no joy. David trusted in God and he knew that when he learnt to rely on God, God will withhold His judgement and David can receive the joy.

V12 ‘To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.’ Is worshipping God a difficult thing for us? We are about to enter 2022, God reminds us to return to Him, not to rely on ourselves. Let us experience God’s love and blessings together!

诗篇 30 – 回转归向神               

2021年12月29日 星期三

潘锡安牧师 

人能够做的是有限的,但神能够做的则是很多,因为神创造天地万物。在年底的时候,我们要感恩,看到神如何带领我们对齐、跨越、得胜又得胜。我们很容易看到事工却忘记数算神的的恩典。神国度的恩典不是只在我们遇到问题的时候得到祝福。大卫在生命有问题、失败的时候,依然经历神,与神对齐,跨越自己的软弱,进入得胜。我们不要把神当成有求必应的偶像来拜。我们的神是一位丰盛的神,我们的见证也是能感动人心的。当我们愿意对齐、跨越,我们就不再走自己的路,而是与教会一起走。

一、回想起初的 v.1-5

V1-3 这是一首大卫在献殿的时候做的感恩诗歌。当我们在感恩的时候,要看到自己的低点,才能从中让人看到神的伟大。大卫在这里讲述了自己的问题,他曾经历在“阴间”快要死的光景 。大卫虽然能力很强,但他毕竟是人;曾经“凡事求问神”的他因着骄傲的缘故找元帅约押来数点百姓,没有求问神,这事让神很“不喜悦”(历代志上21:7-17)。我们是否有凡事求问神,是否与神有真实亲密的关系?神要我们回转像小孩一样来到他面前跟他聊天谈心,大卫却觉得自己贵为一国之君,靠自己可以做很多事,所以跌倒。我们是否能回想起初信主时的火热?大卫筑坛献祭不是因为他得到了什么看得见的祝福,而是因为他看见神的怜悯和爱,感恩神让灭命的使者收刀入鞘。

V4 耶和华的圣名是大有力量的,我们记得多少他的名字呢?

VV5 神的“怒气不过是转眼之间,他的恩典乃是一生之久”。很多时候我们很容易记得生命中不好的事情,看到别人不好的地方,却不愿意去数算恩典。我们是否能做到“一宿虽然有哭泣,早晨便必欢呼”?一个百万富翁不会因为丢了几块钱而斤斤计较。当我们觉得被爱的时候,很多曾经会计较的事情就都不重要了。然而现在如果有人得罪我们,或许是一句话、一个眼神,我们可能就伤心很久,因为我们没有从神那里得到爱,只想从人那里拿到我们期待的爱。我们看不到神给我们上好的祝福,就只盯着地上的好处,其实神若祝福我们,我们就不需要去不择手段夺取。大卫记起起初神的爱,没有去看那死去的七万百姓,而是看见自己的低点、自己的不对,于是就看到神怜悯施恩。我们若活在自己的骄傲之中,就只会看到神和人给我们的压力,很难感恩。

二、承认我们的软弱 v.6-10

V6 大卫数算自己的军队,看到人数众多,就心生骄傲。我们也很容易因为经历“凡事平顺”就以为自己“永不动摇”,却看不到神。

V7-9 大卫承认自己的软弱,知道自己的命是神救回来的。我们是否能想起在最近神拯救我们的”诚实”?神的诚实就在神的话语里面,我们是否有求问神并从他那里得到话语?若没有神的话语带领,我们前方的路就没有灯光,只是走在自己的血气和黑暗里面。

V10  “应允”就是神饶恕我们的认罪。我们受洗时是否承认过往我们是罪人?神应允我们,我们就与耶稣同死同埋葬同复活。承认我们的软弱,我们就能回转归向神。

三、领受祝福 v.11-12

V11 我们做错事情,不要以为时间会冲淡一切,反要勇敢向神向人认错,才能领受祝福。“哀哭”、“麻衣”说明人死时的悲哀,在这样的情形下,大卫求神将喜乐披在他身上。要有爱与信任才能有喜乐。大卫先“看见耶和华的使者站在天地间,手里有拔出来的刀。。。”(代上21:16),又看到“耶和华吩咐使者,他就收刀入鞘”(代上21:27),我们能否看到神在我们的生命中?我们靠的是车是马吗?大卫倚靠神,神就“收刀入鞘”,大卫就喜乐。

V12 敬拜对我们来说是否是一件困难的事情?在即将进入2022年的时刻,神提醒我们回转归向他,不要再倚靠自己。让我们一起经历神的祝福和爱。