Tuesday, 11 August 2020
Title: Praising God From One Generation To The Next
By: Pastor Isaac Yim

Psalm 145:1-21

1 I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever.
2 Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.

One of the most outstanding quality of David’s walk with God is that he never stops praising God. “Because your lovingkindness is better than life; my lips shall praise You.” (Ps 63:3). David has intentionally decided to praise God at all times. He praised God in good times and bad times; he praised God when he was running away from his enemies or reigning as a king in his palace.

In Psalm 145, he repeatedly praised God. Notice the three different words he used. “Praise” (barak) repeated in each verse; the second word he used is “Exalt” (rum) and the third word is “Extol” (halal). To “Exalt” (v1) means to lift someone up high. “Extol” (v2) is another word for praise. “Worthy” (v3) means that something is well deserved. “Fathom” (v3) is a word that describes something that is hard to understand.

In this Psalm, David reveals to us four key reasons that cause him to lift his God and King high up every day. He praises God because God is Great (v3); He praises God because God is gracious and merciful (v8-9); He praises God because God sustains all who fall (v14); He praises God because God is righteous in His ways and kind in His deeds (v17).

“Great is the Lord!” Who can fully understand the greatness of Yahweh? Our finite minds can only think about it and probe into it but we barely scratch the surface of the unfathomable Greatness of God. It is like a toddler trying to understand the working of a smartphone where he enjoys seeing his favourite cartoons or songs. We thank God for His miraculous works in each of our lives but we have no clue of His ways.

4 One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.

This verse reminds me of my growing up with Christian parents. They will tell me stories of their suffering and hardship especially before and after World War II. The war had changed everything for them. Thankfully, they were married as Christians in Ipoh Elim Hall before the war. After the war they had to change the name of their business from Lai Kong (meaning beautiful light) to Yun Kong (meaning the grace of God’s light.) They reminded me again and again, how they lost everything during the war and literally started all over again with nothing except the grace of God. The Israelites repeated their stories from one generation to the next about their slavery in Egypt, 40 years in the wilderness and their entering into Canaan the promised land. All of us have our own unique story to tell our children of how God delivered us from the slavery of sin, or our wandering in the wilderness of sin and how we entered into the promised land of God’s salvation.

5 They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty— and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
6 They tell of the power of your awesome works— and I will proclaim your great deeds.
7 They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

Psalm 145 has the first and second verses as introduction but David conclude this praise with one verse.

21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord. And all flesh shall bless His holy name. Forever and ever.

“The last verse of Psalm 145 is the last word we have from David in the Bible. It is his last will and testament. If he had said nothing else in his long life, these words would be a fine legacy for future generations. In it he praises God and invites others to praise God also.” (Boice)

Before you pray:

  • I would like you to list down how David describes God, “The Lord is …” from Psalm 145.
  • What about beginning each day and ending each day by learning to Praise the Lord?
  • You don’t need to think about specific things that God has done for you. It is ok to repeat words of praise! “Lord, you are a just Great and Awesome God.”
  • What about singing a song of Praise to our gracious and compassionate God?

Prayer for Today

Dear God, We praise you with our hearts, we praise you for your faithfulness, we praise you for your power and love. We confess that we need you every minute of the day. We know that apart from you our lives will go around and around, going nowhere. We struggle and worry, get weary and worn. But your presence continues to lift us up and keeps us going. Thank You Lord, you are our strength. We ask your Holy Spirit to fill us, keep us close to you, that we can hear you and follow you today.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期二,2020年8月11日
标题:赞美上帝,一代传一代
作者:严以撒牧师
翻译:杨仕涵弟兄
诗篇145:1-21

1 我的神我的王啊,我要尊崇祢,我要永永远远称颂祢的名!
2 我要天天称颂祢,也要永永远远赞美祢的名!
3 耶和华本为大,该受大赞美,其大无法测度。

大卫与上帝同行最突出的品质之一就是他不断地赞美上帝。 “因你的慈爱比生命更好,我的嘴唇要颂赞你。”(诗63:3)。大卫有意决定时刻赞美上帝。他在顺境与逆境中都赞美上帝。他在逃避敌人,在宫殿中作王统治王国时,他都依然赞美上帝。

在诗篇145中,他反复地赞美上帝。注意他使用的三个不同的词。在每节经文中都重复“赞美”(barak);他使用的第二个词是“ 尊崇”(rum),第三个词是“ 赞美(英:Extol)”(halal)。 “尊崇”(1节)的意思是将一个人抬高。 “ 英文的Extol”(2节)是赞美的另一个词。 “该受”(3节)表示配得拥有的。 “ 无法测度”(3节)的意思是难以理解。

大卫在诗篇145向我们揭示了他每天能以高举他的上帝和王的四个关键原因。他赞美上帝,因为上帝本为大(3节);他之所以赞美上帝,是因为上帝有恩惠、怜悯(8-9节);他赞美上帝,因为上帝扶持跌倒的人(14节);他赞美上帝,因为上帝在祂一切所行的无不公义,在祂一切所做的都有慈爱(17节)。

“耶和华本为大!”谁能完全理解耶和华的伟大?我们有限的头脑只能想象和探究,但上帝的伟大是我们无法测度的。就像一个婴孩试着了解他用来享受动漫和音乐的智能手机的工作机理一样。我们感谢上帝在我们生活中的神迹奇事,但我们对祂的方式一无所知。

4 这代要对那代颂赞你的作为,也要传扬祢的大能。

这节经文使我想起了我在基督化家庭成长的经历。父母会告诉我他们在二次世界大战前后所遭受苦难的故事。大战改变了他们。感谢主他们是基督徒,并在战争前已在怡保以琳堂(Ipoh Elim Hall)举行了婚礼。战后,他们不得不将生意名“Lai Kong”(意为美丽的光)更改为“Yun Kong”(意为上帝恩典之光)。他们一次又一次地提醒我,他们在战争中如何失去一切,并单单靠着上帝的恩典重新开始生活。以色列人一代又一代地讲述他们在埃及当奴仆,在旷野40年和进入应许之地迦南的故事。我们每个人都有自己独特的故事,告诉我们的孩子上帝如何救我们脱离罪的奴役,或者我们在罪恶的旷野中游荡,以及我们如何进入神应许的救赎之地。

5 我要默念祢威严的尊荣,和祢奇妙的作为。
6 人要传说祢可畏之事的能力,我也要传扬祢的大德。
7 他们记念祢的大恩就要传出来,并要歌唱祢的公义。

诗篇145:1-2是引言,而诗篇145:21给这篇诗篇做了结论。

21 我的口要说出赞美耶和华的话,唯愿凡有血气的都永永远远称颂他的圣名!

“诗篇145的最后一节经文是大卫在圣经中给我们的最后一句话。这是他的遗愿和遗嘱。如果他在他的一生中什么也没说,这些话对子孙后代将是一个很好的遗产。他赞美上帝,并邀请其他人也赞美上帝。” (博伊斯;英:Boice)

在你祷告之前:
• 我想请你列出诗篇145中大卫如何形容上帝“耶和华……”。我们可以学习在每一天的开始和结束都赞美上帝。
• 你不必思想上帝为你所行过的具体事件。你可以重复赞美的话! “上帝,祢真是一位伟大的神。”
• 我们也可以为我们有恩惠、有怜悯的上帝唱赞美的诗歌。

今天的祷告

亲爱的上帝,

我们用我们的心来赞美祢,我们称颂祢的信实,我们赞美祢的大能和慈爱。我们承认,我们每天的每一分钟都需要祢。我们知道,除了祢以外,我们的生活没有方向、没有目标。我们挣扎、担心、疲惫不堪。但祢的同在扶持我们,并使我们继续前进。谢谢主,祢是我们的力量。我们恳求祢的圣灵充满我们,使我们与祢亲近,以便我们今天能听见祢并跟随祢。

奉主耶稣的名。阿们

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