Wednesday, 5th August, 2020
Title: He has not Withheld His Love
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong

Psalm 66: 16 -20 (NIV)

16 Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. 17 I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. 18 If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; 19 but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. 20 Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!

The people of God are truly blessed. In our walk with God, as we ponder upon all the good things the Lord has done in our lives, shouldn’t our minds be led immediately to praise Him? King David, who wrote the psalms of thanksgiving and praise, loved to reminisce and recount many blessings God has bestowed upon his life and the lives of God’s people.

In Psalm 66, King David reminds us of how God loves and cares for His people though they were still sinners and rebellious against Him. He mentions about the time when Pharaoh and his Egyptian army were chasing the Israelites until they reached the Red Sea shores and had nowhere else to go. Exodus 14: 10 says, “When the Israelites saw the Pharaoh coming with his army, they were frightened and begged the LORD for help.” God heard their prayers and protected His people by causing a strong wind to part the sea and turned the sea into dry ground, so the Israelites could cross the sea on foot and escaped the capture. Then God caused the wind to cease blowing to allow the water to roll back against Pharaoh and his army pursuing behind the Israelites until all of them were drowned in the sea. David could relate, give thanks, and worship God because the Lord had also delivered him from the hands of his enemies despite the fact that he had committed many terrible sins.

King David defined for us the proper attitude one should have before God. In Psalm 66:18, he says: “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the LORD would not have listened.” God delays the answers of our prayers for many reasons; sin is the primary reason why our prayers are not answered. In Isaiah 1:15, the Bible says, “When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood!”

God is holy, and when we approach Him, we must come before Him with clean hands and a pure heart. The Word of God makes it clear, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). We do not have that inherent goodness within us, but we can receive the holiness of Christ when we confess and repent of our sin and turn to God. Through Jesus, God sees the perfect righteousness of His one and only begotten son instead of our sins. Therefore, we need to confess and repent of our sins and be reconciled to God.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, We come to You with thanksgiving and gratefulness for what You have done in our lives. We bless Your name for listening to us when we pray. We want to start our day with praise, thanksgiving, and prayers, and set our hearts to keep Your commands and listen to Your voice. Thank You for guiding and helping us, O Lord, in order that we may live our lives in such a manner which will bring glory and honor to Your name! In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期三,2020年8月5日
作者:王振威传道
翻译:巫惠如姐妹

诗篇66:16-20
凡敬畏神的人,你们都来听,我要述说他为我所行的事。我曾用口求告他,我的舌头也称他为高。我若心里注重罪孽,主必不听。但神实在听见了,他侧耳听了我祷告的声音。神是应当称颂的!他并没有推却我的祷告,也没有叫他的慈爱离开我。

属上帝的人真的很蒙福。当我们与上帝同行,思考他在我们生活中所做的一切美好事时,我们难道不会立即想赞美他吗?写过感恩颂歌的大卫王喜爱回忆和讲述上帝给他,并上帝子民的生活所带来的许多祝福。

在诗篇66,大卫王提醒我们,尽管上帝的子民是悖逆的罪人,但他仍爱护他们。他提到法老和他的埃及军队追捕以色列人直到他们到达红海海岸,无处可去。出埃及记14:10说道,”法老临近的时候,以色列人举目看见埃及人赶来,就甚惧怕,向耶和华哀求。” 上帝听了他们的祈祷并保护他们,用大风使海水退去,海就成了干地,这样以色列人就可以行走过岸,逃过了被捕的劫难。然后上帝停住风使水回流,导致法老和他的军队全部被淹死在海里。大卫因感同身受而感谢和敬拜上帝,因为虽然他犯下了许多可怕的罪过,上帝还是从敌人手中拯救他。

大卫王为我们定义了在上帝面前应该有的正确态度。在诗篇66:18,他说:“我若心里注重罪孽,主必不听。” 上帝出于许多原因延迟应允我们的祈祷;罪恶是我们祈祷得不到回应的主要原因。以赛亚书1:15写道:”你们举手祷告,我必遮眼不看,就是你们多多地祈祷我也不听,你们的手都满了杀人的血。”

上帝是圣洁的,当我们亲近他时,我们必须手洁清心。上帝的话明确指出:”我们若认自己的罪,神是信实的,是公义的,必要赦免我们的罪,洗净我们一切的不义”(约一1:9)。 我们不是天生良善,但当我们悔改转向上帝,我们可以接受基督的圣洁。透过耶稣,上帝看到他独生子的完美公义,而不是我们的罪恶。因此,我们需要认罪悔改,与上帝和好。

祈祷:
亲爱的天父,我们以感恩的心来到你面前,感谢你在我们生活中所做的一切。我们称颂你的名,因为你听我们的祷告。我们以赞美、感恩和祈祷开始新的一天,并下定决心听你的命令,听你的声音。感谢你引导和帮助我们活出你所喜悦的样式,来荣耀并尊崇你!我们奉耶稣的名祷告。阿门。

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