Thursday, 30th December 2021
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-8 To Trust
V1 ‘In You, O Lord, I put my trust; let me never be ashamed; deliver me in Your righteousness.’ It’s very important to admit our weaknesses, but we should not let them stay in our heard. We cannot let our weakness becomes our excuse not to move forward. We cannot let our weaknesses define who we are. If we are willing to believe and offer ourselves, then we can also believe that we can overcome. We will not just have one low point in life, there will always be challenges along the way, but we must admit that we need God. Not to let these weaknesses and troubles become who we are.
We are all blessed sinners, there will always be weaknesses in our lives every day. God has already healed our past, it’s time for us to dig deeper into the low point we experience now, not in the past. The low point will become our testimony, but first we must see it, admit it, and be willing to let it come to light. The year has gone by quickly, just like that, but even if we did not experience God at all this year, it does not mean that God’s not with us.
V2-3 ‘Bow down Your ear to me, deliver me speedily; be my rock of refuge, a fortress of defence to save me. For You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for Your name’s sake, lead me and guide me.’ David cried out to God, he faced challenges and difficulties, and at the very beginning of this Psalm, David cried out to God. It does not seem like a happy psalm at the beginning, but David showed us how much he knew God and His Name. He cried out God’s Name and he chose to rely on God.
V4-5 ‘Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, for You are my strength. Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.’ David’s prayer is not like how we normally pray, he did not start his prayers with a list of requests. He trusted in God, and he knew God was on his side. Therefore, he did not magnify his problems and troubles, instead, David lifted God’s Name and magnified God in his life. This is how we should walk with God, and this is how we should trust in God. Focus more on what God can do, not what we cannot do.
V6-8 ‘I have hated those who regard useless idols, but I trust in the Lord. I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, for You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities, and have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a wide place.’ Our God is the I-Am-Who-I-Am God, do we see God more than ourselves? Do we know that God sees us and is right here with us? Yes, there will be hurt and pain in life, but God sees it all and He knows where our limits are.
We are not facing our problems alone. God is always with us, and that is why it’s so important to always give thanks. Because when we give thanks, we recognise that God is with us, and we acknowledge everything God has done for us.
Section Two V9-18 To Confess
V9-10 ‘Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; my eye wastes away with grief, yes, my soul and my body! For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away.’ David’s prayer was open and honest, he confessed everything before God. A lot of time, God becomes our servant, we give Him ‘tasks’ to do for us, we list out things for Him to help us complete. When we think we can handle by ourselves then we will not seek God. David was not like this, he opened everything in his life, his eyes, his soul, his body, his life, his years, his strength, his bones, his feelings…
David’s interaction with God was like with a friend, not limited to just ‘doing’. What are our interactions with God? It also reflects on how our interactions are with our children and our family. What is our attitude when we interact with others? What is our attitude when we follow God and follow our authority? Is our conversation with others always around work and ministry? Do we treasure the time we have with each other? Every time we spend with God and with our authority, it gives us strength to keep going and to keep serving. If we see our own business as more important than God’s business, then who’s lost? We miss out on an opportunity to interact with God.
V11-14 ‘I am a reproach among all my enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and am repulsive to my acquaintances; those who see me outside flee from me. I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; I am like a broken vessel. For I hear the slander of many; fear is on every side; while they take counsel together against me, they scheme to take away my life. But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.”’ David did not come to God after he resolve all his problems. On the other hand, he was in a troublesome situation, he opened himself completely to God, his feelings, his situations, and his fears.
V15 ‘My times are in Your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.’ David did not worry how others see him, he only worried if God did not hear him. Can we also admit our weaknesses in front of God? When we are hurt, can we come to God and continue to rely on Him? David did not ask God to solve his problems in the first place, but to confess and to express his love and trust for God. God loves us and He will not leave us, our times are in His hands, and He will deliver us!
V16-17 ‘Make Your face shine upon Your servant; save me for Your mercies sake. Do not let me be ashamed, O Lord, for I have called upon You; let the wicked be ashamed; let them be silent in the grave.’ David was remembering his first love for God, and he did not forget about this love even in difficult situations.
Section Three V19-24 To Persist
V19-20 ‘Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men! You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.’ When we pray, do we just pray once? Or do we continue to pray? David knew he had to continue praying and seeking. God’s eyes are always on us, and His hands are protecting us. He hides us from our enemies when we are willing to follow Him. But if we chose to walk the worldly ways, then we will be exposed to the enemies.
V21-22 ‘Blessed be the Lord, for He has shown me His marvellous kindness in a strong city! For I said in my haste, “I am cut off from before Your eyes”; nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications when I cried out to You.’ God wants to protect us so we can enjoy His love in His embrace, and not to worry about the enemy’s attack. V23-24 Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints! For the Lord preserves the faithful, and fully repays the proud person. Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.’ When we pray, when we worship and when we wait upon God, then we can find His love around us. Do not be afraid to continue praying and waiting, because the best thing is to experience His love in our lives every day!
诗篇 31 – 与神同行
V1-3 大卫宣告并呼求耶和华神的名，说明他遇到难题、困局。这不是一个开心的开场白，然而大卫认识耶和华，知道神的名，他选择投靠神。当我们与神同行的时候，我们要认识神的名。我们认识的神的名是否只有一个？耶和华神是我们可以投靠的，他使我们不羞愧、他是公义的、是磐石、拯救、保障、岩石、山寨… 大卫在祷告的时候没有一开始就把自己的需要像列清单一样发出来，他信任神，所以在困难中他高举的不是自己的问题而是神。
V20 神将我们隐藏在他的“面前”，所以他的眼目都在看顾我们，使我们不遇见人的计谋。如果我们选择走世界的路，我们就将自己披露在外面，很容易被敌人的火箭射中。“亭子”意思是给牲畜住的棚子，表明神对我们的牧养和保护。“口舌的争闹”- 我们通常在忍受不了别人的时候就跟他们吵架，说明我们无法在神的棚子里，走不出我们的血气。求神帮助我们避开口舌争闹，能口出恩言。