Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Title: Joy Comes with the Morning
By: Pastor Isaac Yim

Psalms 30: 2, 5, 11-12

“O LORD my God, I cried to you for help,
​and you have healed me.” (Psalm 30:2)
“For his anger is but for a moment,
​and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
​but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm30:5)
“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
​you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness
that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
​O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever!” (Psalm30:11-12)

The expression of night and morning encompasses all of human experiences. The nights are often long and dreary. They are dark and oppressive. The nights seem to move very slowly, they keep us awake. The darkness tends to fill our minds with fear and anxiety. No matter how long our night may be, morning still comes. Morning has broken! Darkness is gone. The Psalmist says, “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) David has gone through many miraculous deliverances by God in his life. In this Psalm, he testified through his experiences. He thanked and praised God for His mercies.

The title of this Psalm tells us it is a song of Dedication for David’s Palace or the Dedication of the Temple built by his son Solomon. David wrote this Psalm to celebrate God’s deliverance. In this Psalm David shared where he was then and where he is now. God’s deliverance is like moving from the night to the morning.

David says that God has lifted him up from the pit. The word used here is similar to that of Joseph being lifted up from the well into which his brothers had thrown him. David gives us the impression that he was sick. That sickness was leading him to death. He cried out to God and God answered him, healed him and delivered him from death.

With such a wonderful experience with God; who can remain quiet? David burst out in joy and praise. He invited others who were worshiping to join him saying, “Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His. And give thanks at the remembrance of His Holy name.” (Psalm 30:4)

One thing I pick up from David in praising God is that we must be able to remember what wonderful things God has done for us. He recalled the heavy hand of God’s discipline when he disobeyed God. He said, “God’s anger only last for a moment, but his favour last for a lifetime. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)

Maybe right now you are experiencing the darkest night of your life. David cried out to God for deliverance. God heard his prayer, healed his sickness, gave him hope in time of despair and literally turned darkness into light. God’s power of transformation starts when we get close to God; when we trust and obey Him. It calls for a change of mind about who your God is. It is not enough to know that God is All-Powerful, you must experience His power at work in you. It is not enough to know that God is All-Knowing, you must know that He knows you by name. It is not enough to know that God is All-Present, you must experience He is with you right now. This personal experience literally changes your night into day. This how David describes it, “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.” (Psalm 30:11)

David concludes this Psalm by reminding us always to give thanks for how God has changed our lives. We need to thank God for placing us where we are today. Let us give thanks to God continually and forever. May the Lord always be praised.

Prayer for Today

Our Father in heaven, we thank you for delivering us from death to life, from darkness to light, from pain and sorrow to joy and from sickness to healing. Lord, some of us are still going through pain and sorrows. Some of us are experiencing sickness and at the brink of death; we bring all our cares and anxieties at the foot of the cross. Please help us to know You always hear us and care for us. We give thanks forever. In Jesus’ Name.
Amen.

每日灵粮
星期二,2020年7月14日
标题:早晨便必欢呼
作者:严以撒牧师
翻译:杨仕涵弟兄
诗篇30:2、5、11-12

耶和华我的神啊,我曾呼求祢,祢医治了我。(诗篇30:2)
因为祂的怒气不过是转眼之间,祂的恩典乃是一生之久,一宿虽然有哭泣,早晨便必欢呼。(诗篇30:5)
祢已将我的哀哭变为跳舞,将我的麻衣脱去,给我披上喜乐,(诗篇30:11)
好叫我的灵歌颂祢,并不住声。耶和华我的神啊,我要称谢祢,直到永远!(诗篇30:12)

夜与晨的象征包含了一个人的所有经历。夜晚往往漫长、沉闷、黑暗和压抑。夜晚似乎过得非常缓慢,让我们彻夜难眠。黑暗往往使我们心中充满恐惧和焦虑。无论我们的夜晚持续多久,早晨仍然会到来。破晓了、天亮了!黑暗就已消失。诗人说:”一宿虽然有哭泣,早晨便必欢呼。”(诗篇30:5)大卫在他的一生中经历了神许多奇妙的救赎。在这段诗篇中,他作证自己的经历。他感谢并赞美上帝赐予他的慈爱怜悯。

这首诗的标题告诉我们这是大卫在献圣殿/孩子所罗门建造的圣殿时的诗歌。大卫写这首诗篇是为了庆祝上帝的拯救。大卫在这首诗篇分享了他当时和现在的情况。上帝的拯救就如从黑夜进入早晨。

大卫说上帝使他存活,不至于下坑。这里用的词和约瑟从他兄弟们把他扔进的井里被救上来相似。大卫在这段诗篇里似乎生了病。这病导致他临近死亡。他向上帝呼求,上帝回应他,治好他,把他从死里拯救出来。

与上帝经过如此奇妙的经历,谁能静默无声?大卫高兴得发声歌唱赞美上帝。他邀请其他敬拜者与他一同欢呼:”耶和华的圣民哪,你们要歌颂祂,称赞祂可记念的圣名。”(诗篇30:4)

我在大卫身上学到的一件事就是我们必须记住上帝为我们做的美妙事情。他记得他违背上帝时,上帝严厉的管教。他说:”上帝的怒气不过是转眼之间,祂的恩典乃是一生之久,一宿虽然有哭泣,早晨便必欢呼。”(诗篇30:5)

也许你现在正在经历你生命中最黑暗的夜晚。大卫呼求上帝拯救他。上帝听见他的祷告,治好他的病,在绝望的时候给了他希望,把黑暗变成了光明。上帝更新、改造你的工作在我们接近祂的时候开始;当我们信靠顺服祂的时候。这需要你改变你对你的上帝的看法。理智上知道上帝是无所不能的还不够,你必须经历他在你身上的力量。理智上知道上帝是无所不知的还不够,你必须深知祂认识你,并知道你的名字。理智上知道上帝是无所不在的还不够,你必须经历祂的同在。这些个人经历能确实把你的夜晚变成早晨。大卫这样形容:”祢已将我的哀哭变为跳舞,将我的麻衣脱去,给我披上喜乐。”(诗篇30:11)

大卫在这段诗篇的结尾提醒我们上帝改变了我们的生命,因此我们必须不断地感谢祂。感谢上帝把我们放在我们今天的情况。让我们不停地感谢上帝。愿所有的颂赞永远都归于上帝。

今天的祷告

我们在天上的父,感谢祢把我们从死亡中拯救出来,从黑暗进入光明,从痛苦和悲伤变成喜乐,从疾病到康复。主啊,我们中的一些人还在经历痛苦和悲伤。我们中间一些人正在生病,濒临死亡;我们把所有的烦恼和焦虑带到十字架跟前。求主帮助我们知道,祢总是听见我们,关心我们。我们永远感谢祢。奉主耶稣的名求。阿门

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