Monday, 24 August, 2020
Title: Deep Calls to Deep
By: Ps Cheng Cheung

Psalm 42: 7
Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls;
All Your waves and billows have gone over me.

The previous devotion on Psalm 42 was about David’s struggle with depression and how he overcame it by not relying on his heart, turning to God in prayer and by having a renewed trust in Him.

One of the experiences David went through during this time is expressed in verse 7a. Various translations render this slightly differently.

Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls (NKJV)
Deep is calling to deep at the thunder of your waterfalls (LEB)
Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts (KJV)

David’s grief was excessive. It felt as if all God’s “waves and billows” had gone over him. He felt the great deep of the sky above and the great deep of the sea beneath were calling to each other, as if in a conspiracy against him. Yet, David, as he collected himself and emerged from his depression, realised that the deep of his own misery and sorrow was calling to the replying deep of God’s infinite mercy and sympathy. These are two deeps ever calling to each other – the deep of David’s personal suffering and the deep of God’s divine compassion. Then, God’s hand reached down to David in his darkest hour, to lift him out of the hole he was in.

Brothers and sisters, have there been times when you have experienced some very dry spiritual times? Some call it a kind of “wilderness experience” or a “night season of the soul”. During this time, you may feel like you are wandering around quite aimlessly, with little or no desire for spiritual things. Then God intervenes and you respond. Thereafter, your relationship with God is at a higher level and you know Him better. There is greater awareness of God’s ways, and greater spiritual contemplation in your daily living. You learn to fine-tune His will for your life. When you emerge from the wilderness, this verse will express what you have gone through with the Lord:

8 The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,
And in the night His song shall be with me—
A prayer to the God of my life.

What does it say? It says we shall have a song in the night, composed by the Lord God Himself. This music affirms that we belong to Him and that sets us free from the fear and uncertainty of the darkness that looms over us.

For some people, the wilderness times may be short; for others it may last weeks. For yet others, like Joni Eareckson Tada, there was a lifetime consequence. Her diving accident made her a quadriplegic at age 17. The Lord gave her a marvelous ministry after her tragedy. But her faith and that ministry were forged out of a dark night of her soul in the early difficult days. She did not have it easy because she found it hard to reconcile her condition with faith in a loving God.

Are you ready should God let you go through your night season of the soul?

Prayer for Today

Gracious Heavenly Father, I bless your Name. Help me to experience You in a deeper way. I praise you that you have crafted a perfect plan for my life.

Your eyes saw my substance, while yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
How marvelous are Your ways.

Thank you that you know what is best for me. Help me to accept your plan come what may. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期一,2020年8月24日
标题:深渊与深渊响应
讲员:张祯祥传道
翻译:郑振隆弟兄

【诗42:7】
[新标点] 你的瀑布发声,深渊就与深渊响应;你的波浪洪涛漫过我身。
先前对诗篇42的分享是关乎大卫与抑郁症的挣扎,以及他如何以不依靠自己的心来克服它。在祷告中转求助于上帝,并得以更新的信心来依靠神。
在这段时间内,大卫的经历之一,已在第7a节中表达。对此,各种的翻译略有不同。
在瀑布声中发出深渊的呼唤(NKJV)
在瀑布雷声中发出深渊的呼唤(LEB)
在你的喷水声发出深渊的呼唤(KJV)

大卫过度的悲痛。感觉好像所有上帝的“波涛汹涌” 都笼罩了他。他感到极深天空的深渊和极深海洋的深渊互相呼唤,仿佛掉入阴谋里。然而,当大卫从忧郁中摆脱出来时,意识到自己深处的痛苦和悲伤正呼唤着对上帝无限怜悯和同情心。这是两个彼此呼唤的深渊–大卫个人受苦的深渊和上帝神圣恻隐之心的深渊。然而,在大卫掉入最黑暗的时刻,上帝的手伸向大卫,将他从所处的深渊中提升出来。

兄弟姐妹,您是否曾经经历过非常枯干的属灵时期?有人称其为“荒野体验”或“属灵的夜间”。在这段时间里,您可能会觉得自己漫无目的地游荡,只有些微或根本没有的属灵渴望。其时,上帝介入,你回应。您与上帝的关系就被升高,您对上帝也有更新的认识。在您的日常生活中,对上帝有了更新的认识,经历更新的属灵默想。向着上帝对您生命的旨意,您将学习作调整/改变。当你从旷野出来时,这节经文将表达你与主的经历:
【诗42:8】[新标点]白昼,耶和华必向我施慈爱;黑夜,我要歌颂祷告赐我生命的 神。
这经文告诉我们些什么?经文告诉:我们将在“夜晚”有一首歌,由上帝亲自创作。这种音乐肯定我们是属于祂,并使我们摆脱了笼罩我们的恐惧和黑暗中的不确定性。
对于某些人来说,旷野时间可能很短;对于其他人,则可能持续数周。对于瓊妮厄爾克森(Joni Eareckson Tada)等其他人来说,这是一生的后果。她的跳水事故使她在17岁时成为四肢瘫痪者。悲剧发生后,上帝赐予了她奇妙的事工。但她的信仰和事工是在艰难的初期,从漆黑的属灵夜晚中锻造出来的。一切来得不容易,因为她发现很难以慈爱上帝的信仰来调和自己遭遇四肢瘫痪的状况。
如果上帝要让你渡过“属灵的夜间”,你准备好了吗?

今日的祈祷
恩典的天父,我祝福您的名字。帮助我更深入地经历您。我赞美您,您为我的人生制定了一个完美的计划。
在还没有形成时,您的眼睛已经看到了我的实质。
在你的书中,这一切都已被写成的,为我塑造的日子。 您的道路是多么的奇妙。
谢谢您知道什么是最适合我的。帮助我能接受您 任何形式 的计划。
奉耶稣的名,阿们。

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