Monday, 20 July, 2020
Title: “ . .Because of my sin . . .”
Author: Ps Cheng Cheung

Psalm 38: 3
3 There is no soundness in my flesh
Because of Your anger,
Nor any health in my bones
Because of my sin

The Psalm begins very dramatically and one can almost imagine some soap opera where the hero has incurred the anger of his antagonist father and the son pleads ”No father! Please don’t! Please, please don’t . .Your punishment is more than I can bear.”

The guilty David is obviously aware of God’s anger. There was a prohibition and he has been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Sensing God’s deep displeasure, David cries out to God not to punish him ”in your wrath.” He knows, as with human fathers, when there is uncontrolled rage incurred at the deliberate disobedience of a child, the first strike can indeed inflict great pain, like those of ”piercing arrows.” Therefore, the petition is that Jehovah would not condemn as a judge, but chasten as a father, for the correction and preservation of the offender.

Does this not sound familiar? This is also true for us as (grown-up) children of God who are, from time to time, caught red-handed. We, like David, must plead for mercy. We must pray for tender consciences, sensitive to the pricking of the Holy Spirit Who will speak clearly to us when we have committed sin, instead of living in denial. As we move to verses 3 & 4, we see the consequences:

No soundness because of God’s anger

No health because of sin

Foul & festering wounds because of foolishness

And to top it all – an inescapable feeling of guilt. However, unlike David, we should not let guilt and shame overwhelm us. We cannot for a moment minimise the seriousness of sin, especially habitual ones, nor the fact that this may have lasting consequences if left unchecked. However, we should remember that God has provided the blood of Christ that will cover all manner of sins, and promised the gift of the Holy Spirit to enable us to overcome temptations.

“In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness.” Zechariah 13:1

David recognized the hand of God in his misery, but he did not think it was without cause. He knew that it was because of his sins, his iniquities, and his foolishness. David was miserable, and he knew his sins were the cause of the crisis and anguish he was experiencing.

“ . . no soundness, no health, foul and festering wounds, bowed down greatly, mourning all the day, loins full of inflammation, no soundness in my flesh, feeble and severely broken, groaning, turmoil of my heart . .”

Then a ray of hope:
9 Lord, all my desire is before You;
And my sighing is not hidden from You.

David wants to be made right. He wants to come clean. He is prepared to humble himself and be honest with the Lord.

Speaking to God as his master (Lord, Adonai), David appealed to God with complete transparency. He wanted to be totally open. Our human instinct is to follow the pattern of Adam and Eve and hide our sin and hide from God. David here is an example of the kind of totally honest communication such as between best friends that is vital for the one who truly desires God. It was not easy for David (we know, don’t we?) but he did it. Brother, sister, do you think you can do this?

Prayer for Today

Lord Jesus, thank you for this Psalm. Thank you that it speaks honestly to me that my journey with you will sometimes be difficult. And that my vision of the cross will sometimes be obscured. And as with the Psalmist, my joy in God will, from time to time, be hindered.

Help me learn that in order to be transformed and abandoned to God I need to be totally transparent with you and everyone else around me. Give me strength, I pray. In Jesus’ Name

Amen.

每日灵粮
星期一,2020年7月20日
标题:“…由于我的罪过…”
讲员:张祯祥传道
翻译:林良億姐妹
第27: 1-4

诗篇38:3 因你的恼怒,我的肉无一完全;因我的罪过,我的骨头也不安宁

这诗篇开始得非常戏剧化,人们几乎可以想象出一部连续剧,主角激起了他父亲的愤怒,儿子恳求“父亲!不要请不要!拜托,请不要。你的惩罚是我无法承受的。”

有罪的大卫显然知道上帝的愤怒。他在犯禁令时被抓了,就像他把手放在饼干罐中一样。大卫感觉到上帝的深深不满,大卫向上帝喊道不要“在你的愤怒中”惩罚他。他知道,就像人类的父亲一样,当孩子故意不服从引起愤怒而不受控制的愤怒时,第一次的惩罚确实会造成巨大的痛苦,就像“穿刺箭”一样。因此, 我们的请愿是耶和华不会像法官一样谴责,而是像个父亲责骂,以保护的方式来惩治罪人。

这听起来不熟悉吗?我们作为上帝(长大的)的儿女,正确地说像大卫一样,我们有时也会被赤手抓住。我们必须恳求怜悯。我们必须祈求温柔的心智,对圣灵有敏锐的感应,当我们犯了罪时,圣灵会向我们很清楚地讲话,而不是生活在否认圣灵的感应之中。当我们转到诗篇38,第3和第4节时,我们看到了后果:

由于上帝的愤怒而肉无一完全

因为罪过没有健康

由于愚蠢而造成的伤痕

最重要的是— 不可避免的犯罪感。但是,与大卫不同,我们不应让犯罪感和羞愧淹没我们。我们不能在任何时候轻视犯罪的严重性,特别是惯性的罪行,如果不加以制止,将可能产生永久的后果。但是,我们应该记住,上帝已经提供了基督的宝血,它将掩盖各种罪恶, 洗净一切罪孽,并应许了圣灵的恩赐使我们能够克服诱惑。

撒迦利亚书13:1 “那日,必给大卫家和耶路撒冷的居民开一个泉源,洗除罪恶与污秽 ”

大卫在痛苦中认出了上帝的作为,但他并不认为这是没有起因的。他知道那是因为他的罪过和他的愚蠢。大卫很痛苦,他知道自己的罪过是危机和苦难的根源。

”…没有健全,不健康,肮脏和溃烂的伤口,全天哀悼,充满炎症,我的肉没有健全,脆弱而严重地破碎的心 。”

然后是一线希望:
9主啊,我的心愿都在你面前;我的叹息不向你隐瞒。

大卫想被纠正。他想完全地摆脱罪恶。他准备谦卑诚实面对上帝。

大卫面对主人(主,阿多奈)向上帝讲话时,以完全坦率的,透明的方式向上帝呼吁。他想坦白一切。我们人类的本能是遵循亚当和夏娃的模式,躲藏我们的罪,躲避上帝。大卫在这里是一种完全诚实的交流方式的例子,例如最好的朋友之间的交流,这对于真正渴望上帝的人至关重要。对大卫来说并不容易(我们知道,不是吗?),但他做到了。弟兄姐妹,你认为你可以做到吗?

今天的祈祷

主耶稣,感谢你,特别是这篇诗篇。谢谢你坦实地告诉我,与你同行有时会很艰难。而且我对十字架的异象有时会被遮盖。与诗篇笔者一样,我对上帝的喜乐将不时受到阻碍。

请帮助我了解学习到,为了被上帝转化也完全顺服神,我需要对你和我周围的所有人完全坦诚相待。赐我力量,我祈祷。奉主耶稣的名求,阿们。

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