Monday, 10 August 2020

Title: “Enlighten My Eyes”
Author: Ps Cheng Cheung

Psalm 13: 3
3 Consider and hear me, O Lord my God;
Enlighten my eyes, Lest I sleep the sleep of death;

In the first part of this Psalm we saw David call out to God ”How long . . ?” four times (verses 1 and 2). He felt God had forsaken him and these were his pleas to God to respond to him because he was aware he was descending into depression. Five verses later, David effuses ”My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation . . . I will sing to the Lord.” (verse 5 & 6)

What happened in those few short verses between verses 3 to 6? How did David exchange his cries of despair, “How long?” in verses 1 & 2, for a joyful song of thanksgiving?

Digressing slightly, are we aware that a combination of some of the following external circumstances increase the likelihood of depression?

-One’s temperament may incline one to depression.
-Even a minor illness can drain one’s physical strength and lead to depression.
-Exhaustion or hunger can also leave one quite open to depression and the feeling of abandonment.
-The let-down after some great effort, fuelled by coming off of an adrenaline rush, can often lead to depression.
-Prolonged stress from spiritual and natural exertions or opponents can push us toward depression.

Brothers and sisters, we are human with human frailties. Apart from our “old nature” and the evil one who seeks to bring us down and draw us away from God, we need to understand our bodies well, and look after ourselves physically. That will help us avoid initial feelings of despondency and joylessness which may spiral into full blown depression. Recognise them and take evasive action.

The turning point in the Psalm is in verse 3 when David prays ”Consider me . . . hear me” David cried out to God, asking the LORD to hear him.

David had desperately asked previously ”How long will You hide Your face from me? Are you even listening?” (paraphrased) Now the tone has changed. If there was complaint of God, now, the complaint is carried to God. Instead of sullen murmuring, there is meek confession. Instead of bitter resentment, there is affectionate restoration. Led by the Spirit, the child of God quickly turns his cry of pain into a prayer for spiritual help. God is honoured when we persistently and desperately cry out to Him, like the importunate widow (Luke 18).

David gains insight and knows, finally, that though he had felt strong and deep feelings of abandonment and loneliness, that that was not the reality. His spiritual vision had been clouded and veiled, so he cries out to God, “Enlighten my eyes.” (verse 3). He is now ready to ignore untruths and to not believe the lies of the evil one. He prays the light of God would shine upon him and give him discernment and wisdom. No matter what problem we are in, we should cry out with all our heart, “Enlighten my eyes.”

What a transition! At the beginning of the Psalm, David was overwhelmed by his feelings and believed that God had forgotten him. Now, he affirms his trust in the Lord after he had cleared the fog from his sleepy eyes and helped him regain his spiritual sight.

Brothers and sisters, many of us go through difficult times. But, all of a sudden, at a certain stage, the coin drops, and the realisation of why God put you through ALL that He put you through descends upon you like the rays of the sun at daybreak. And in your heart, you say ”O Lord, now I know why all those things happened to me . . .” Now I see God has ”dealt bountifully with me” (verse 6). Because his eyes were now enlightened, David could understand the way God dealt with him. Do we not marvel at God’s ways?

Prayer

Gracious Heavenly Father, what a wonder You are! You deal with me in merciful ways. You draw me to Yourself with each personal encounter, and You reveal Your divine nature and character to me each time.

Your ways are gentle and You show me all that is unChristlike in me. You deal patiently with me for you know I am still a work-in-progress. Help me learn like David did. Enlighten my eyes and show me Your perfect ways. May I understand and embrace Your ways and not resist.

You are my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress. O Lord, to You I sing praises. In Jesus’ Name I pray.
Amen.

每日灵粮
星期一,2020年8月10日
标题:“使我眼目光明”
讲员:张祯祥传道
翻译:巫惠如姐妹

诗篇13:3 耶和华我的神啊,求你看顾我,应允我,使我眼目光明,免得我沉睡至死,

在这诗篇的第一部分,我们看到大卫四次向上帝呼吁,“要到几时呢?”(1和2节)。 他觉得上帝已经离弃他,他恳求上帝回应,因为他知道自己正陷入抑郁中。 五节经文后,大卫兴奋地说道,”我的心因你的救恩快乐。我要向耶和华歌唱,”(5和6节)

3至6节之间到底发生了什么事? 大卫如何转换他在1和2节绝望的哭声,”要到几时呢?”为感恩的欢乐颂?

我想稍微离题一下。我们是否知道,以下一些情况的总和会增加抑郁症的可能性?

  • 一些性情或品格有可能使某些人更倾向于抑郁症。
  • 即使是轻微的疾病,它都可以耗尽一个人的体力,并导致抑郁症。
  • 疲惫或饥饿也都有可能使人患抑郁症和感到被遗弃。
  • 前功尽弃的失落感会释放肾上腺激素,这也往往会导致抑郁症。
  • 身心灵长时间面临压力也会使我们走向抑郁。

弟兄姐妹,我们只不过是软弱的人类。 除了我们的”旧本性”和恶者引我们远离神的谋略,我们需要了解我们的身体,并照顾自己的身体。 这能帮助我们避免最初的沮丧和有可能螺旋成严重抑郁症的失望。 认出这些警告并采取回避行动。

本篇的转折点是在第3节,当大卫祈祷”求你看顾我,应允我”。大卫向上帝呼求,求主听他。

大卫之前狂问:”你转脸不顾我要到几时呢?你有在听吗?”(意译)现在,语气却变了。 之前怨天尤人,如今一切的抱怨已带到上帝那里。 并不是闷闷不乐的喃喃自语,而是谦和地认罪。 不是痛苦的怨恨,而是充满爱的修复。 在圣灵的带领下,上帝的孩子很快地把他的痛哭转为求助的祷告。 当我们情词迫切地直求,上帝被尊荣,就如纠缠不休的的寡妇(参路加福音18)。

大卫独具慧眼,他知道即使他感到强烈被遗弃和孤独,那始终不是现实。他属灵的眼睛被蒙蔽了,所以他向上帝呼求:”使我眼目光明”(3节)。 他现在已经准备好无视谎言,不相信恶者的谎言。 他祈祷上帝的光照在他身上,给他洞察力和智慧。 无论我们遇到什么问题,我们都应该全心呼求,”使我眼目光明。”

何等大的转变! 在本篇的开头,大卫悲痛欲绝,认为上帝已经忘了他。 现在,他坚定信靠主,祂已经清除使他昏昏欲睡的雾霾,并帮助他恢复属灵视力。

弟兄姐妹,我们很多人都经历过困难的时期。 但是突然之间,你在某个阶段恍然大悟,就像太阳在黎明的光芒,明白上帝为何让你经历你所经历的一切。 而你在心里说,”主啊,现在我知道为什么这些事发生在我身上……” 如今,我看见上帝”用厚恩待我”(6节)。 因为他的眼睛现已经明亮了,大卫能够理解上帝待他的方式。 我们怎能不赞叹上帝的作为呢?

祷告:慈爱的天父,你真是伟大! 你以仁慈待我。在每次与你的相遇中,你使我更亲近你,并且每次都向我显明你的圣洁和属性。

你的方式总是柔和。 你让我看见生命中不效法基督的地方。你耐心待我,因为你知道我就如尚未完成的工程。 帮助我学习像大卫一样。 开我的眼,显明你完全的道。 帮助我理解并接受你为我设的道,而不是抵抗。

你是我的避难所,是我遇难时的安全之地。 主啊,我歌颂你。 奉主耶稣的名祷告,阿门。

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