Saturday 1 st August 2020
MESSAGE FROM HIS WORD
by Pastor Soong Kok Kee

Psalm 19: 7-11 (NIV)

“7 The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

9 The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. 10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. 11 By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.”

Last Saturday we look at how God speaks to us from His marvellous and wonderful creation (v 1-6). This morning we will look at how God speaks to us through His Word and learn about His holiness and our sinfulness. When we think of God’s Word, we often think of something that keeps us from having fun and doing what we like and want to do, especially for non-Christians. I often hear them say that there are so many things a Christian cannot do, so there’s no fun being a Christian,

In our passage today the name Jehovah Lord is repeated six times and there are six different titles to the Word of God:

The Law of the Lord
The Statutes of the Lord
The Precepts of the Lord
The Commands of the Lord
The Fear (Reverence – NLT) of the Lord
The Radiances (Judgement – King James) of the Lord

Instead of taking away joy and fun from our lives, it gives us just the opposite. Keeping God’s Word revives us, makes us wise, brings joy to our heart, gives insight, warns us, and rewards us. You see, my dear brothers, sisters and friends, God’s laws are guidelines and light for our path, rather than chains on our hands and feet. They point at danger to warn us, then point at success to guide us.

Someone had said that sinning is always nice otherwise no one would sin, but then the sinner will have to bear the consequences of sin and that’s not nice. God can forgive our sins but the consequences of our sins, we and, sometimes, the whole family, have to bear.

King David, a man after God’s own heart is a good example, he committed adultery and murder, but when he cried out to God for forgiveness (Psalm 51), God in His ever loving kindness forgave but the consequences was “the sword never departed from his house (2 Sam 12:10).

There followed the outrage of his daughter, Tamar, by his eldest son, Ammon; and the murder of the latter by the servants of Absalom (2 Sam 11: 1-13:29) and Absalom’s rebellion against his own father David.

Yes, indeed, my dear brothers, sisters and friends, keeping God’s Word is more precious than the finest gold and sweeter than the sweetest honey and in keeping them, there is great reward. Nothing in this world can be compared to that.

PRAYER:

Dear Lord, thank you for reminding us to always keep your Word for that makes us wise and brings joy to our lives. The human side of us wants to run away from you and enjoy life to the fullest just like the prodigal son. But like the Father in the prodigal son, you have always been looking out of the window, longing for us to come back to you. Lord, keep us from wandering away from you, from your Word. Help us always to abide in you, for apart from you we can do nothing. We pray especially for those who have come to know you but for whatever reason, they have wandered far away. We pray Lord that the Holy Spirit in their hearts will once again bring them back into your presence to enjoy the sweet fellowship they once had with you. In Jesus precious name we pray all these. AMEN.

每日灵粮
星期六,2020年8月1日
标题:来自上帝话语的信息
作者:宋国基牧师
翻译:梁玉萍姐妹

诗篇19:7-11
7 耶和华的律法是完全的,能使人心苏醒;耶和华的法度是坚定的,能使愚人有智慧。8 耶和华的训词是正直的,能使人心快乐;耶和华的命令是清洁的,能使人的眼睛明亮。9 耶和华的话语(“耶和华的话语”原文作“耶和华的敬畏”)是洁净的,能坚立到永远; 耶和华的典章是真实的,完全公义;10 都比金子宝贵,比大量的精金更宝贵;比蜜甘甜,比蜂房滴下来的蜜更甘甜;11 并且你的仆人也借着这些得到警戒,谨守这些就得着大赏赐。

上周六,我们看到上帝如何从他奇妙非凡的创造中对我们说话(第1-6节)。今天早上,我们将看看上帝如何通过他的话语对我们说话,并学习关于他的圣洁和我们的罪过。当我们想到上帝的话语时,尤其是对于非基督徒,我们常常想到的是那些我们无法玩得开心、也不能做我们喜欢和想做的事情。我经常听到他们说基督徒不能做的事情太多, 所以做基督徒没有乐趣。

在今天的经文中,耶和华主的名字重复了六次,并且上帝的话语有六个不同的名称:

耶和华的律法
耶和华的法度
耶和华的训词
耶和华的命令
耶和华的敬畏
耶和华的典章

它没有带走我们生活中的喜乐和乐趣,反而给了我们相反的感觉。 谨守上帝的话语使我们苏醒,有智慧,使我们的内心快乐,独到的见解,也使我们受警戒并得赏赐。 亲爱的弟兄姐妹和朋友,您会发现,上帝的律法是我们的准则和路上的光,而不是手脚上的锁链。它们指出危来险警告我们,然后指向成功来引导我们。

有人曾说过,犯罪总是好的,否则没人会犯罪。但是,不好的是罪人就不得不承担犯罪的后果。上帝可以原谅我们的罪过,但我们,甚至有时是整个家庭,必须承担我们犯罪的后果。大卫王,一个上帝所喜悦的人,就是一个很好的例子。他犯了通奸罪及谋杀罪,但当他向上帝呼求宽恕时(诗篇51),上帝在他的慈爱中饶恕了他。后果却是“现在刀剑必永不离开你的家”(撒下12:10)。

随后,他的长子暗嫩对女儿他玛的暴行;和押沙龙的仆人谋杀暗嫩(参撒下 11:1-13:29)及押沙龙反叛他自己的父亲大卫。

的确,我亲爱的弟兄姐妹和朋友们,谨守上帝的话语比精金更宝贵;比最甜的峰蜜更甘甜。谨守这些就得着大赏赐。在这世上没有比这更好的了。

祷告:亲爱的主,感谢你提醒我们要常常谨守你的话语,使我们有智慧,生活快乐。我们人性的一面想逃避你,像浪子一样尽情地享受生活。但是,就象浪子的父亲,你一直望着窗外,盼望着我们回来找你。主啊,保守我们不会偏离你及你的话语。帮助我们常常在你里面,因为离了你,我们什么也不能做。我们特别为那些已经认识你的人祷告,因为出于某些原因,他们迷失了。主啊,我们祷告在他们心中的圣灵会再次带他们回到你的身边,享受他们曾经和你同在的甜蜜相交。奉耶稣宝贵的名祷告,阿门。

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