Monday, 13 July 2020
Title: In a time when you may be found
By: Ps Cheng Cheung

Psalm 32: 6 – 9

Last week we looked at verses 1-5 of this Psalm where David describes the man who is truly blessed. We found that there was no deceit in the spirit of this man. With true repentance and confession, God’s forgiveness, of course, followed suit. How truly blessed is such a man!

Verse 6a reads ”For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You
In a time when You may be found;
Yes, let us all pray, for if blessedness shall follow a prayer of sincere confession, we should not hesitate.

But see, there is more, for ”. . in a flood of great waters
They shall not come near him.
You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; . . shall surround me with songs of deliverance.”
This means the man who prays and confesses his sin to God is blessed, not only because of what God does not do, that is,
He does not hold his transgression against him,
He does not withhold covering for his sin, and
He does not impute iniquity in the man’s record book to him;
indeed, the man is blessed by what God does do – He preserves him from trouble and surrounds him with songs of deliverance.

What a Saviour! Our God is not only not against him, He is in fact mightily for this man who prayed and confessed his sins to God. Blessings follow true humility, acknowledgement of sin and a repentant heart.

And to top it off, God not only promises preservation from trouble and protection but in verse 8 He says He will instruct and guide the man the way he should go. Just in case the man might be tempted to think this would likely be some general, fuzzy or vague type instruction, God says clearly ”I will guide you with My eye”. Our God is a personal God, a specific God, with specific plans for each of us. Would that we were patient enough to pray and wait upon Him to reveal His perfect will for us.

Before we think this Psalm gives us only ‘good news’, think again. There are hints in the Psalm that God knows the shortcomings of our human nature. We need some stark warnings that we cannot take Him for granted. Verse 6b reads “. . In a time when You may be found.” Whoa! What does that imply? And even more pointedly, what do we make of verse 9 where, immediately after promising specific guidance there is a warning not to behave like some farm animals which have no understanding. And worse still, such animals need to be harnessed with bit and bridle. The imagery is very vivid.

”The counsel in the verse is that men should render a willing obedience to God and not be like the animals that man has to bridle and curb in order to get them to do his will.” [Bible dictionary]

Strong words.

Is it not bad enough that some (who belong to the Lord) are said to have no understanding? But, in addition, the Lord needs to resort to these devices to discipline obstinate ones to fall in line in order to teach them His ways. Tell me, what do you think would be the area in your life where the bit and bridle needs to come out? Only you know, for likely it is an area where you are behaving like a horse or a mule. I can think of one, and would not want the Almighty to deal with me in that manner.

Therefore, do not be a horse or a mule which has no understanding, but instead let us who wish to experience forgiveness, protection and direction come to God in prayer at a time when He may be found.

Prayer for Today

Ah, Lord God, I praise you for you are gracious and forgiving. Your tender mercies are great toward me despite my many shortcomings and sin.

Thank you for your patience. Each time I come before you and pray and confess and commit to your transforming work in my life, you accept me. You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward me. None can compare with you!

Indeed, you are worthy of all my praise. In Jesus’ Name.

Amen.

每日灵粮
星期一,2020年7月13日
标题:当趁祢可寻找的时候
讲员:张祯祥传道
翻译:林良億姐妹

诗篇32:6 – 9

上周,我们看了诗篇32第1-5节,其中大卫王描述那个真正有福的人。我们发现这个人没有欺骗的灵。有了真正的悔改和认罪,上帝的宽恕当然也随之而来。这样的人真有福了!

在6a节读到:“为此,凡虔诚人都当趁你可寻找的时候祷告你;“
是的,让我们大家祈祷,因为如果祝福跟随真诚的告白祈祷,我们就不要犹豫。

但请看,还有更多关于 “…大水泛溢的时候,必不能到他那里。7你是我藏身之处;你必保佑我脱离苦难,以得救的乐歌四面环绕我 ”

这意味着祈祷并向上帝认罪的人是有福的,这不仅是因为上帝没有做的事,也就是说,
上帝不向人提出他的过犯
上帝不保留的掩盖人的罪过,并且
上帝也没有将人的罪孽归咎于他的记录。
的确,人因上帝为他所做的事而蒙福—上帝保守使他免于忧虑,并拯救他。

真的是救世主!我们的上帝不仅不敌对他,而且实际上帝是支持这个人而不是敌对这个向上帝祈求并认罪的人。上帝祝福真正的谦卑、认罪和悔改的心。

最重要的是,上帝不仅承诺要保佑人免受忧虑和保守我们,而且在第8节中说到,祂将指导人应走的路。万一这个人可能会想起这可能是一些普通、模糊或含糊的指示,上帝清楚地说:“我会用我的眼睛引导你”。我们的上帝是私人的上帝,是特定的上帝,对我们每个人都有特定的计划。我们是否有足够的耐心去祈求并等待祂赐给我们完美的旨意。

在我们如果认为诗篇只给我们带来“好消息”之前,请三思。诗篇中暗示,上帝知道我们人性的缺点。我们需要一些严厉的警告,我们不能认为祂是理所当然的。在 6b节,“…在可能找到你的时候。”哇!这意味着什么?更重要的是,我们对第9节的理解是什么? 给了具体的指导之后,立即发出警告,警告人们不要像一些没有理解性的牲畜那样行事。更糟糕的是,这种动物需要被束缚住。图像非常生动及清楚。

“经文中的忠告是,人应该顺服上帝,而不是像动物一样要约束和遏制,人才会遵行神的旨意行事。” [圣经字典]

相当有力的话。

有些人(属于主, 信主的)不了解还不够吗?但是,此外,主需要利用一些手段来训练固执的人,以便传授教导祂的方式。告诉我,您认为您的生活中那一点需要上帝的教导?只有您知道,很可能在某个区域您表现得像马或骡子那么固执。我可以想到一个,也不希望全能神以这种方式来教导我。

因此,不要成为没有理解力的马或骡子,当我们能找到神的时候让我们来到神的跟前向神恳求祷告,让我们能够体验宽恕,保守和被指导。

今天的祈祷

啊爸,父上帝啊,因祢的仁慈宽容。我称赞祢,尽管我有许多缺点和罪过,但感谢祢对我的大大的怜悯。

感谢神祢的耐心。每当我来到祢面前,恳求祷告承诺忏悔改变,祢都会悦纳接受我。耶和华我的上帝啊,祢成倍增加了祢的奇妙作为。没有人能与祢相比!

确实,祢值得我们所有的称颂赞美,荣耀归于上帝。奉主耶稣的名求的,阿们。

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