Sunday, 5 July 2020
Title: God is our Dwelling Place
By Elder Yu Chin Shie

Psalm 90:1-2

1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.
2 Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

The heading of Psalm 90 : “ A prayer of Moses, the man of God “. Probably this psalm is the oldest of all the psalms because Moses lived long before David and Solomon and Asaph and the other authors of the psalms.

Moses had seen pharaohs live and die. Most likely he saw their tombs under the pyramids. Certainly he saw the anguish of many Egyptians who lost their firstborn in the tenth plague. And he saw the Egyptian soldiers who died at the Red Sea. All of them were laid to rest but none of them had God as their refuge, their home, their dwelling place. So who is Moses talking about in verse 1 of Psalm 90?

Moses is talking about all the believers he has written about in the first five books of the bible : Adam & Eve, Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham & Sarah, Isaac & Rebekah, Jacob, Joseph, Joshua, Caleb.

Moses is also talking about the children of Israel who were rescued from Egypt, taken across the Red Sea and led through the wilderness to the border of Canaan.

No matter where His people lived, whether in slavery in Egypt, in the hot Sinai desert, or in a land flowing with milk and honey, God was their dwelling place – their home, their refuge. They were like Abraham, who though he left his home in Ur of the Chaldees and dwelt in tents among the Canaanites, yet he had a shelter in God.

People of God “throughout all generations” have God as their dwelling place, their shelter, their home. As we reflect on Psalm 90:1, thank God all of us who are Christians, who have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord God Almighty is our dwelling place, our home, and our refuge. In the Lord Jesus, we find shelter, refuge, a safe haven we call home where He shelters, comforts, protects, preserves and cherishes us.

For those who are non believers, I urge you to put your trust in our Lord Jesus Christ and make Him your dwelling place.

We are reminded in verse 2 of an attribute of God – God is eternal. He is from Everlasting to Everlasting. His greatness is beyond our comprehension. He is the God of history. He is the God of creation. But beyond all that, He is God of eternity. He is above and beyond His creation. He is above and beyond time. He is greater than the universe He created. He existed before the universe.

I hope we hear the message of Moses to the children of Israel. Also, we hear the message we can all learn. That God, in Christ, is always our dwelling place. In Him, we can always find refuge and safety and security.

No matter what happens, no matter what enemies we face, no matter what calamities we are in, we will go through with Him by our side.

In Christ, none of us can ever be separated from God ( Romans 8:38-39). In Christ, we are safe and secure in our mighty and eternal God.

Prayer

O God our Heavenly Father,
We praise you for being our dwelling place. In you, we know we can have your protection, provision and guidance in whatever situation in life we are in. Thank you for keeping us and our families safe during these last three months of MCO. We thank you that next Sunday, we all can be back to church to worship you. We continue to pray for those who are impacted by the Covid 19 pandemic either in their employment or businesses. May you help them in whatever situation they are in and provide for their physical needs.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期日 2020年7月5日
题目:上帝是我们的居所
作者:余清熹长老
翻译: 方美珠姐妹
诗篇90:1-2
 
1 主啊, 祢世世代代作我们的居所。
2 诸山未曾生出,地与世界祢未曾造成,从恒古到永远,祢就是上帝。
 
诗篇90的主题:“神人摩西的祈祷”。这个诗篇可能是所有诗篇中最古老的,因为摩西比大卫、所罗门、亚萨和其他诗篇的作者活得更早。
 
摩西曾见过法老们的生平和离世。他也可能在金字塔下看过他们的坟墓。当然,他也看过了许多埃及人在第十次災中失去了长子的痛苦。他看到了埃及士兵死在红海中。他们全都安息了,可是他们当中却没有一个是有上帝为他们的避难所,他们的家园, 他们的居所。所以,摩西在诗篇90的第1节中在说什么呢?
 
摩西是在谈论他在圣经前五本书中的所有信徒:亚当与夏娃、亚伯、以诺、诺亚、亚伯拉罕与撒拉、以撒与利百加、雅各、约瑟、约书亚、迦勒。
 
摩西也谈到从埃及被救出,被带过红海,并穿过旷野到迦南边界的以色列的子民们。
 
不管祂的子民住在哪里,无论是在埃及为奴,在炎热的西奈沙漠中,还是在流奶与蜜的土地上,上帝都是他们的居所—他们的家园和避难所。他们就像亚伯拉罕一样,尽管他离开了自己在迦勒底的吾珥,并住在迦南人的帐篷中,但他却有一个庇护所在上帝里。
 
上帝的子民“世世代代”,将上帝作为他们的居所,庇护所和家园。我们反思诗篇90:1,感谢上帝我们身为基督徒,我们相信主耶稣基督,全能的上帝是我们的居所,我们的家园,和我们的避难所。在主耶稣里,我们找到了庇护所,避难所,一个我们可以称之为安全的避风港,在那里有祂的庇护、安慰、保护、保存和珍惜我们的家园。
 
对于那些还未信的人,我敦促你来信靠我们的主耶稣基督,并让祂成为你的居所。
 
在第2节中我们被提醒上帝的属性—上帝是永恒的。祂从恒古到永远。祂的大能超出了我们所能理解的。祂是历史的上帝。祂是创造的上帝。但超过这一切,祂是永恒的上帝。祂超越了祂所创造的。祂超越了时间。祂比祂所创造的宇宙更大。他存於宇宙以先。
 
我希望我们听到摩西对以色列子民的信息。我们可以从听到的信息来学习。在基督里,上帝永远都是我们的居所。在祂里面,我们能找到庇护和安全与保障。
 
无论发生了什么事情,无论我们面对什么敌人,无论我们处于什么灾难中,祂都与我们同行。
 
在基督里,我们谁也不能与上帝分离(罗马书8:38-39)。在基督里,我们在我们全能和永恒的上帝中有安全与保障。
 
祷告: 上帝啊,我们的天父,我们称颂祢因祢是我们的居所。在祢里面,我们知道我们可以有祢的保守、供应及带领,不管我们所处的是什么景况。感谢祢在过去三个月的行动管令期中保守我们与家人们的平安。我们感谢祢因为下个星期天我们大家都可以回到教堂来敬拜祢。我们继续为受到新冠肺炎大流感影响的人来代祷,无论是他们所在的职厰或是生意上,在任何的景况下愿祢帮助他们,供应他们的需要。我们奉耶稣的名祷告。阿们

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