Monday, 17 August 2020
Title: The words of man & the Word of God
By: Ps Cheng Cheung

Psalm 12: 4
With our tongue we will prevail;
Our lips are our own;
Who is lord over us?”

Emily Dickinson, an American poet once wrote:
”A word is dead when it is said, some say
I say it just begins to live that day”

Once a word is spoken, we cannot take it back. And words are very, very powerful: they can heal or destroy, and they can bring life or death.

At the beginning of this Psalm David laments that the godly and faithful are fast disappearing because his observation is that those around him are full of idle chatter and ungodly talk. This speech is characterised by words which come from ”flattering lips” and a ”double heart”.

The essence of flattering lips is that they say what people want to hear. They lavish praise and compliments, often insincerely, with a selfish agenda. Such talkers can be found everywhere today. They appear to know the right words for every occasion but speak with no honesty or transparency of heart. They constantly speak what people hope to hear or what is assumed to be proper instead of their true thoughts, feelings, and deeds.

And what about a double heart? In the Hebrew original the phrase is literally “a heart and a heart.” I wonder which is worse – to be called a person who is “heartless” or be accused of having “a double heart”? The heartless person presumably is cruel and cold. For e.g., an uncaring landlord who would evict a jobless tenant who cannot pay the rent. Never mind that his wife and children would be in the open, on the streets without a roof over their heads. You can recognize such unkind people. But the former? Beware, he may be one in our midst.
He has two hearts:
-one for the church, another for the workplace;
-one for Sundays, another for working-days;
-one for the king, another for the commoner.

These people are arrogant and often question ”Who is lord over us?” as if there is no one to hold them to account for their words. And that was what made David exceedingly upset, that they could apparently continue to defy God, saying “with our tongue we will prevail.” How long will God allow them to accuse and mock the saints?

But fret not, fellow Christian, God is biding His time. He has seen the victims of the lies, flattery, deception and slander. He promised ”I will arise.” The New Living Translation reads
”You will protect the oppressed,
preserving them forever from this lying generation . . “ (verse 7)

This gives us great assurance. He will ultimately protect the victims of the mockers. The Lord has built in us a strong sense of justice. In recent days we have seen cases of self-righteous deception, therefore our unease over any injustice is deep and we may feel restless. But remember

”Never take vengeance into your own hands, my dear friends: stand back and let God punish if he will. For it is written: ‘Vengeance is mine. I will repay’” Romans 12:19.

Finally, in contrast to the ”vileness exalted by the sons of men”, Paul exhorts us to ”Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29

Prayer

Heavenly Father, Your words are pure, full of grace, mercy and peace. They bring abundant life. Help me treasure your word. Help me understand it thoroughly that it may enrich my life for the benefit of those around me.

In all my interactions with fellow man, give me a desire to always speak life, joy and encouragement and not idle talk and flattering words. May all the words from my mouth edify and build up and bring glory to You, my Saviour.

In Jesus’ name. Amen

每日灵粮
星期一,2020年8月17日
标题:人之道与上帝之道
讲员:张祯祥传道
翻译:林良億姐妹

诗篇12:4 他们曾说:“我们必能以舌头得胜,我们的嘴唇是我们自己的,谁能做我们的主呢?”

美国诗人, 艾米莉·狄金森(Emily Dickinson),曾经写道:
“他人一句话说了就过去,死了,
我说的话那一天就开始活过来了”

一言既出驷马难追,指话说出口,就不能再收回 。言语的力量非常非常的大:它们可以治愈或摧毁,它们可以带来生或死。

在这首诗篇开始时,大卫王哀叹敬虔的信徒正在迅速消失,据他的观察,周围的人充满闲聊和不敬虔的谈话。该谈话的特点是来自“讨人喜欢的嘴唇”和“双心”的单词。

“讨人喜欢的嘴唇”的本质是他们说出人们想听的话。他们常常夸大赞美和夸奖是另有自私的目的。如今,到处可见这样的讲话者。他们似乎在每种场合都知道正确的单词,但是却没有诚实或坦率的心。他们经常说出人们想听到的内容或假定的适当内容,而不是他们的真实思想、感情和行为。

那“双心”呢?在希伯来语原文中,该短语的字面意思是“一颗心和一颗心”。我想知道哪一种情况更糟 — 被称为“无情”或被指控拥有“双心”的人?无情的人大概是冷酷无情的。例如,一个无情的房东驱逐无法支付房租的失业租户。不管他的妻子和孩子露天街头。您可以认出这种不友善的人。但是前者呢?当心,他可能是我们中间的一员。

他有两颗心:
• 一个用于教堂,另一个用于工作;
• 一个星期天,另一个工作日;
• 一个给国王,另一个给平民。

这些人傲慢自大,并经常问:“谁是我们的主,统治我们?”好像没有人要求他们为自己的话负责。这就是使大卫王极度沮丧的原因,他们显然可以继续反抗上帝,“他们曾说:“我们必能以舌头得胜”上帝允许他们指责和嘲笑圣徒多久呢?

但是,主内弟兄姐妹,不用担心,合适的时刻将到来。神看到了谎言、奉承、欺骗和诽谤的受害者。祂承诺“我会起来”
” 耶和华啊,你必保护他们,你必保佑他们永远脱离这世代的人。”(第7节)

这给了我们很大的保证。最终祂将保护受害者。上帝使我们建立了强烈的正义感。最近几天,我们看到了自以为是的欺骗案件,因此,我们对任何不公正的都有很大的不安情绪。但要记住:

“亲爱的朋友们,永远不要把复仇掌握在自己手中:退一步,让上帝惩罚他们。“因为经上记着:“主说:申冤在我,我必报应。”(罗马12:19)

最后,与 “下流人在世人中升高(8节)” 相反,保罗劝励我们 “污秽的言语一句不可出口,只要随事说造就人的好话,叫听见的人得益处。” (以弗所书4:29)

祷告

天父,你的话是纯正的,充满恩典,怜悯与和平安。你的话带来了充实的生命。帮我珍惜你的话。帮助我彻底理解它可以赐我丰盛的生命,使我周围的人受益。

在我与别人互动,交流中,让我渴望分享生命、喜乐和鼓励的话,而不是闲聊和讨人喜欢的话。愿我口中的话能够充实并建立别人,把荣耀归与我主。

奉主耶稣基督的名求的。阿们!

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