Monday, 3 August 2020

Title: Do you feel sorrow and anguish?
Author: Ps Cheng Cheung
Psalm 38: 17-18

17 For I am ready to fall,
And my sorrow is continually before me.
18 For I will declare my iniquity;
I will be in anguish over my sin.

Two weeks ago, in the first part of Psalm 38, I shared how David recognised that his sins were the cause of the physical and emotional anguish he was experiencing. Realising this, he was totally honest with God and confessed. Now, I wish to share some insights which reveal what David went through in the remaining verses.

Let us venture back a short while to a time when the committing of his sin was still fresh, AND rumours of his wrongdoing had already surfaced, somehow.

It is obvious from the text that his sin, whether specifically or generally, was common knowledge. Two groups are mentioned, who apparently were aware. Loved ones and friends were one group. Those who sought his total downfall and destruction through schemes and deceit were the other. Fellow Christian, is this emotional turmoil not common for those who have fallen into sin? Our friends and loved ones get to hear and wonder what actually happened and if there is any truth in it. Whilst our ‘frenemies’ plot to expose us and maybe drive home the guilt and shame. What a predicament to be in!

The good news, of course, unknown to both parties, is that David had decided to come clean – verse 9 – for he knew he could not hide anything from the Lord. Moreover, he had decided, before his counsellors seeking to admonish him and his opponents seeking to harm him, that he would not pay attention to any of their words NOR to respond verbally to anything said about him. Instead he decided to remain silent. – verses 13 & 14.

This was not arrogance. It was the natural response of one who had been convicted of his wrongdoing by the Spirit of God. Now, placing his hope in God’s abundant grace, he threw himself at God’s mercy. What was his state of mind and the conviction of his heart as he approached the throne of grace, seeking forgiveness?

17 “For I am ready to fall”
He is at his wit’s end. He is exhausted spiritually, emotionally and physically. If God does not help now, he is doomed.

17 “My sorrow is continually before me”
He is overwhelmed by grief over his sin.

18 “I will declare my iniquity, I will be in anguish over my sin” He firmly decides that a full and open confession of his wrongdoing and total regret for his behaviour is needed. Nothing less.

20 ” . . . I follow what is good”
He resolves, with God’s strength, to turn from evil and do what is good in God’s eyes. This may involve confession to other parties, asking for forgiveness and restitution in some cases.

This takes much humility. It’s not easy to call a spade a “spade”, am I right? We often give ourselves excuses, most of them lame, why we, e.g., lost our temper and shouted expletives (the other person was unreasonable and inconsiderate!). Other times we justify our loss of control by appealing to their soft spots. ”Please understand. My needs were not being met, and something overcame me.”
But David did not do this. He declared (the nature of) his iniquity and expressed anguish over his sin. We should do the same, when asking for forgiveness from God and those whom we have wronged.

Brothers and sisters, do we take sin too lightly? Do we not know a holy God cannot tolerate sin, in fact abhors it? Let us examine ourselves in the light of David’s experience in this Psalm and change our attitude if need be.

A final thought about David’s aggressive adversaries. He communicates the thought that the cause of their enmity towards him is not his sin. No, they have no issue with that. But they are upset over his earnest endeavour to forsake his sin and follow after righteousness. The only thing anyone has to do to earn the hatred of unregenerate humanity is merely to “do good.” If you would rather pay the traffic summons than the cop, you put them in bad light. David found it so; and Christians of all ages can attest the truth of his experience.

1 John 3: 12 ”Cain . . murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.”

The point I am making is that the world often makes light of the moral standards set by God for the sons and daughters of righteousness. Often the sentiment is “Don’t worry, everyone is doing it. So join us” That is not true. Let us stick to our convictions and not be swayed by the behaviour of the world.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I thank you I can pray

Do not forsake me, O Yahweh.
O my God, do not be far from me.
Hurry to help me,
O Lord, my salvation.

And You will hear me, provided I have clean hands and a pure heart. Holy Spirit, convict me of sin and may my conscience respond without excuses. Remove all deceit from me O Lord, that my walk with You not be hindered.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期一,2020年8月3日
标题:你感到悲伤和痛苦吗?
讲员:张祯祥传道
翻译:林良億姐妹

诗篇38:17-18
我几乎跌倒,我的痛苦常在我面前。
我要承认我的罪孽,我要因我的罪忧愁。

两星期前,在诗篇38的第一部分,我分享了大卫如何认识到自己的罪过是他所遭受身心痛苦的原因。意识到这一点,他对上帝完全诚实并认罪。现在,让我分享一些见解,以揭示大卫在其余经文中所经历的事情。

让我们回想一下他的罪,关于他不法行为的谣言。

从圣经上可以明显看出,他的罪,无论是具体的还是一般的,都是公知常识。提到了两个小组,他们显然知道了。亲人和朋友是一组。另一组是通过计划和欺骗谋求他彻底垮台的。主内弟兄姐妹,这种情绪动荡对那些陷于罪的人来说是预料吗?我们的朋友和亲人会听到并想知道实际发生了什么,以及其中的真相。同时,我们的“敌人”图谋驱使您感到內疚和羞愧。陷入困境!

当然,还好在双方都不知道的是,大卫知道自己无法对耶和华隐瞒任何事情,所以他决定完全坦诚(第9节)。而且,在他的顾问要告诫他,他的反对者要伤害他之前,他已经决定他不会在意他们的话,也不会回话。相反,他决定保持沉默 (第13和14节)。

这不是自大。这是一个自然的反应,当个人因上帝的圣灵而被定罪。现在,他将希望寄托在上帝的丰富恩典上,投身于上帝的怜悯。当寻求宽恕时,他的心态和内心的信念是什么?

17a: “我几乎跌倒;”
他机智已尽。他在精神,情感和身体上都精疲力尽。如果上帝现在没有帮助,他注定要失败。

17b “我的痛苦常在我面前”
他为自己的罪而悲伤。

18 “我要承认我的罪孽,我要因我的罪忧愁”,他坚定地决定,需要对自己的过失作出充分而公开的认罪,并对自己的行为忏悔。

20”…因我是追求良善。”
他决心凭着上帝的力量,摆脱罪恶,做上帝喜悦的善事。这可能涉及向其他人认罪,要求宽恕和赔偿。

这需要谦卑。坦率、直接、真实地说并不容易,对吗?我们经常给自己找借口,其中大多数的借口都是令人难以置信的微弱,例如:发脾气,并大声争辩(别人不讲理又不体贴!)。有时候,我们利用别人的弱点来证明我们失去控制是有道理的。 “请理解。我的需求没得到满足,有些事情克服了我。”

但是大卫没有这样做。他宣告了自己的罪,并为自己的罪表示痛苦。在寻求上帝宽恕时,我们应该同样的宽恕的罪我们的人。

弟兄姐妹们,我们是否过分轻视我们的罪?我们难道不知道圣洁的上帝不能容忍罪吗?让我们根据大卫王在诗篇中的经验进行自我检讨,并在需要时改变我们自己的态度。

最后,让我们思考大卫王好斗的对手。他传达了这样一种思想,即他们对他的仇恨不是他的罪。不是的。 不是罪的问题。而是他们为他的认真努力改过更新,追随正义而恼怒。任何人只要“做好事”, 就必面对人类的仇恨。如果您宁愿支付交通传票而不是贿赂警察,那么您会暴露它们的恶意。大卫王如此的理解;所有不同成熟阶段的基督徒都可以认证他的经历真实性。

约翰一书3:12 “ 不可像该隐,他是属那恶者,杀了他的兄弟。为什么杀了他呢?因自己的行为是恶的,兄弟的行为是善的“

重点是,世界经常简单化了上帝为我们所定的道德标准。通常的观点是“别担心,每个人都在做。因此,加入我们吧”。这是不对的。让我们坚持自己的信仰,不要被世界的所作所为而影响。

祷告:

天父谢谢你,我可以祈求祷告:

耶和华啊,求你不要离弃我。
我的上帝啊,不要远离我。
求你赶快帮我,
主啊,我的救恩。

求主赐我干净的手和纯洁的心,求你聆听我的的呼求。主的灵啊,求你时时提醒告诫我们的罪,让我们完全归顺。主啊,求你除去我心中的诡诈,使我毫无阻碍地与你同行。奉主耶稣基督的名求的。阿们!

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