Tuesday, 4 August 2020
Title: God’s Promise Of Protection In Times Of Danger
By: Pastor Isaac Yim

Psalm 91:1-16

We are living in perilous times with Covid-19 pandemic, but Psalm 91 reminds us that our God is our Shelter, our Protector and our Deliverer. Our God is still in control now and forever. The Psalmist uses four different names to describe who this God is:

  1. “The Most High” in Hebrew is Elyon. The name signifies God’s majesty, sovereignty, and preeminence.
  2. “The Almighty” in Hebrew is Shaddai. This simply means God is mighty beyond our imagination or
    comprehension.
  3. “LORD” in the original language is Yahweh. This is the personal name of God. It means that the Lord
    is God who is all-powerful, all -knowing, and knows us on a deep and intimate level.
  4. “My God” comes from the Hebrew word Elohim which means the Supreme One or the Mighty One.

Our Almighty God is more than ready to help those “Who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1). Take note of the two words mentioned here, “dwell” and “abide.” In the New Testament, when Jesus taught in the Parable of the Vine and the Branches (John 15), He is talking about a deep and intimate relationship between His disciples and Himself. Those who dwell and abide in the Lord are those who are attached permanently and feeding continually – with body, soul, and spirit – totally dependent on Jesus. It is like the branch attached to the vine.

2 I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Some people mistakenly think THAT as a Christian, our wealth and health and life will be smooth sailing. This is a false and deceptive teaching of the prosperity gospel. In life’s journey, we have evil and wicked people who literally set traps to ensnare us. We will have Covid-19 and many other deadly pestilences. We will encounter terrors and fears of losing our jobs, diseases, broken relationships that cause deep pain and crisis. During this pandemic many of us are going through much suffering.

It is in such times we can put our trust in our Almighty God who is our Refuge and Fortress. In whatever troubles we face today, God is the place of refuge we can run to; He is our safe place. We can count on His promises in Psalm 91. These are the promises from God for those who hold fast to Him in love (Psalm 91: 14-16).

“Because he holds fast to me in love….” (Psalm 91:14a)

• “…I will rescue him…” (deliver, cause to escape)
• “…I will protect him…” (set him on a high place)
• “…I will answer him…” (respond to, speak)
• “…I will be with him in trouble…” (in afflictions, in distress)
• “…I will deliver him…” (rescue, to bring into safety)
• “…and honour him…” (to make rich, strong, heavy with honour)
• “With long life will I satisfy him…” (to have abundance in the journey)
• “…and show him my salvation.” (let him see My deliverance & victory)

This is the personal pledge of God to the Psalmist David. This is also God’s guarantee to all of us who love and obey Him.

Prayer for Today

Dear God, Thank You for Your loving presence with us. Thank You for Your Almighty Shadow. We aregrateful You cover us with Your wings. Thank You that You are in our midst, we feel secure now and for the future You are preparing for us.

Forgive us, when we fail to allow You to lead, and when we deliberately choose not to listen to You. Lord, we confess there are so many daily needs and concerns, and we often allow them to squeeze You out of our lives. Help us to recommit ourselves to give You priority in our lives. Teach us to dwell in Your secret place, the secret place of the Most High. We need Your help to consistently remain there and to abide under Your shadow.

We are grateful for Your words of comfort and hope. Teach us Lord, to remain in You as You promise to remain in us. Grant us Your strength to continue to walk on, in spite of many challenges along the way. Thank You, Lord, for victory and salvation are found in You alone. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

每日灵粮
星期二,2020年8月4日
标题:上帝是我们患难中的保护之应许
作者:严以撒牧师
翻译:杨仕涵弟兄
诗篇91:1-16

我们生活在新型冠状病毒Covid-19的危险时代,但是诗篇91提醒我们,我们的上帝是我们的隐密处,我们的守护者和我们的救赎主。我们的上帝一直都在掌权。

诗人用了四个名称来描述这位上帝:

  1. 希伯来语中”至高者”是Elyo。这个名字代表着上帝的威严、主权和优势。
  2. 希伯来语中的”全能者”是Shaddai。这仅仅意味着上帝是超乎我们想象和理解的。
  3. 原语中的”耶和华”是Yahweh。这是上帝个人的名字。这意味着上帝是一位无所不能、无所不知、深层次认识我们的上帝。
  4. “我的神”来自希伯来语的Elohim,意思是”最高的”或”最强的”。

我们全能的上帝愿意并随时能帮助这类人:“住在至高者隐密处的,必住在全能者的荫下”。(诗篇91:1) 请注意这段经文提到的两次”住在”。 在新约中,当耶稣在教导“枝子连于葡萄树的比喻”(约翰福音15章)时,耶稣说的是他的门徒与耶稣自己之间深厚而亲密的关系。那些住在上帝里的人就是永远连于上帝,并且持续地受喂养滋润的人,他身、心、灵都完全地依赖耶稣。就象葡萄树上地枝子一样。

我要论到耶和华说:“他是我的避难所,是我的山寨,是我的神,是我所倚靠的。”(诗篇91:2)

有些人认为只要成为一个基督徒,就能享受生活的财富、生活就没有困难、生活会一帆风顺,这是一个误解。这是成功神学对人的欺骗和诡计。在人生的旅程中,会有许多邪恶的人,故意设置陷阱来诱捕我们。我们有Covid-19和其他很多致命瘟疫。我们也会遇到恐惧,害怕失去工作、害怕疾病、害怕破裂关系。在这次的疫情中,我们中间许多人正经历着很多的痛苦。

就是在这种非常时期,我们可以信靠我们的全能神,祂是我们的避难所和山寨。不管今天我们面临什么困难,上帝是我们可以跑去的避难所;祂是我们的安全处。我们可以信靠祂在诗篇91中的承诺和应许。这些是上帝对那些爱祂的人承诺的(篇诗91:14-16)。

神说:”因为他专心爱我…”(诗篇91:14上)
• “…我就要搭救他…”(拯救,脱离困难)
• “…我就要保护他…”(把他安置在高处)
• “…我就应允他…”(回应,与他说话)
• “…在患难中我要与他同在…”(在痛苦、悲楚中)
• “…我要搭救他…”(拯救,带到安全地)
• “…使他尊贵…”(使他富足、充满能力、尊荣)
• “…我要使他足享长寿…”(生命中活出丰盛)
• “…将我的救恩显明给他…”(使他看见上帝的救赎和胜利)

这是上帝对圣诗大卫的个人承诺。这也是上帝对所有爱祂和顺服祂的人的保证。

今天的祷告

亲爱的上帝,感谢祢与我们同在。感谢祢全能的荫下。我们感谢祢将我们隐藏在祢翅膀的荫下。感谢祢在我们中间,我们有安全感,为现今和祢为我们准备的未来有信心。

主,当我们不顺从祢的引领、或当我们故意选择不听祢的话时,求祢原谅我们。主啊,我们承认,我们有很多的日常需要和关注,我们常常允许这些事情把祢从我们的生活中挤出去。帮助我们重新承诺,让祢成为我们生命中居首位。教导我们,好让我们能住在祢隐密之处。我们需要祢帮助我们,我们才能不断地住在祢的荫下。

我们感谢祢赐给我们安慰和盼望的话语。教导我们,如何住在祢里面,正如祢承诺也住在我们里面。赐给我们力量继续在我们的生活中行走。感谢主,因为唯独祢有胜利和救赎。

奉主耶稣的名。阿门。

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