Sunday, 28 June 2020
Do We See as God Sees?
Psalm 2 (Read the whole psalm with emphasis on verses 1, 2, 4, 7 , 10 , 11 and 12 )
By Abraham Verghese 亚伯拉罕·韦尔盖塞
The psalmist of Psalm 2 gives us the unique perspective of viewing God, sitting upon His throne, looking down upon the kingdoms of this earth – the planet He created and sustains.
Instead of gratefully worshipping their Creator, He sees their continued rebellion against the Lord and His Messiah. God sees the kings of the earth, setting themselves against Him and His Anointed, our Lord Jesus Christ. Their desire for autonomy – the bondage to do as they will – is a delusion.
The amazing thing is that this Psalm is even more relevant in our day than in the time the psalmist penned these words! The psalmist’s words, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, are even more important for the rulers of our day than ever.
When Psalm 2 was written God’s Anointed had not yet even set foot upon this earth. Even nations that honoured God in the past do nothing more than give Him mere lip service in our day.
God sees from the beginning to the end, not from some point or period in between. All the plotting of the men of this earth is truly plotting in vain, for in the end, as Christ has stated in Revelation 22: 20 “Surely I am coming soon ” and all will bow down before Him. Thus, the rulers are called now to serve the Lord, for without the Lord they have no hope.
What about us as individuals? How does Psalm 2 apply to us? Are we living in a delusion? Are we so caught up in liberal thinking and misplaced human rights that the absolutes of God’s word seem unfair and burdensome? Like the kings of the earth, we are called to love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ. The pandemic caused by the minute Covid-19 virus has shown how helpless the world can be despite having supposedly progressed with technological capabilities that we could not have imagined. Left hopelessly condemned before God, after the sins of Adam and Eve, we look to Christ as the only One who can restore us to fellowship with God the Father.
We, too, are called to be wise, and to serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Now is the time. In Christ is the hope and light for all who come to Him.
Praise Jesus because of what he was able to do and has done – save us from our sins.
Lord, I acknowledge my sins (you can mention them) and I ask that you cleanse me completely from my sins. Grant me the strength to be steadfast in worshipping you, dear Lord. Let every evil agenda of the rulers operating in my life be revoked now. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
诗篇2的诗人给我们独特的观点来看上帝: 祂坐在宝座上，俯视着这地上的王国—地球这颗行星乃祂所创造及维持的。祂看着世人不但没有感激敬拜他们的创造者，更持续的悖逆他们的主，祂的弥赛亚。上帝看着地上的君王对抗祂与祂的受膏者， 我们的主耶稣。他们对自治的渴望 — 为所欲为的束缚 — 是一种错觉。
不可思议的是比起当日诗人写作时期， 这首诗更加符合我们时下! 诗人在圣灵启发下所写的字句，比起任何时期，其重要性对于现今统治者都是有过之而无不及的。
上帝是从头到尾看着这一切，而不是从某个点或某个时期从中而看。世人的一切谋划都是徒劳的， 因为最终，就像基督在启示录22:20所记载：“是了; 我必快来”所有一切都将向祂跪拜。因此君王现在被呼召来服事主，因没有主他们就没有盼望。
那对于我们个人呢? 诗篇2怎样可以应用在我们身上呢? 我们是否还活在梦幻中? 我们是否被自由思想和倒置人权的话题困扰到连上帝绝对正确的话语都显得何等不公平和累赘? 像地上的君王一样，我们被呼召要爱和服事主耶稣基督。尽管现今科技发达已经到了我们无法想象的顶尖能力，微小的新冠肺炎病毒所引起的大流感仍然显明了这世界是何等的无助。当日亚当夏娃犯罪后被上帝当面谴责并绝望地离开，我们唯有仰望基督因只有祂能够修复我们与父神的关系。