Wednesday, 26th August 2020
Title: The One Who Considers the Poor
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong

Psalm 41: 1-3

1 Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the LORD delivers him; 2 the LORD protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land; You do not give him up to the will of his enemies. 3 The LORD sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness You restore him to full health.

In the midst of trying time and suffering, how many of us remember to look at the needs of others. Naturally, when we are facing great life challenges such as terrible illness, it is rare for us NOT to dwell upon our own difficulties. When we centre our thoughts and minds upon our own suffering and problems, it will only plunge us into deeper despair and self-pity. Often times we even participate in the “who-has-it-worse” talk. If someone tells us he/she has been in pain and suffering, right away we have a story to reciprocate that we have it worse. Rather than rendering regards for the weak, we try to tell them that we are in a much deeper trouble than they do. Instead of looking inwardly to ourselves and making people pay attention to us, we need to listen and help those who are in trouble.

In this Psalm, David began “Blessed is the one who considers the poor!” What does it mean by, “considers the poor”? In verse 1, the Hebrew word “sakal” translated into English as “considers,” means “to look at; take a look at with the mind; to consider; to attend to.” The Old Testament Hebrew lexicon gives the more comprehensive meanings: “to be or become intelligent, prudent, or wise” implying maturity of understanding or judgement.” David does not simply say, “Blessed is he who sees people in need.” He is really saying, “Blessed is he who sees a need, examines the complexity of the circumstance, and thinks through how he could wisely bring about a successful solution in meeting the need.”

From verse 1 to 3, David assures his readers that God will bless and reward those who show their concern for the poor (weak); the Lord delivers, protects, preserves (keep), abides, sustains, and restores. In the gospel of Matthew, the word of God declares “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall receive mercy” (Matthew 5:7 ESV).

God will be pleased and it is His will that Christians should help the poor and the weak. The “poor” includes those who are in need due to poverty, sickness, or experiencing loss and grief. Those who are in depressed condition need sympathy and help. For those who are compassionate and kind to the poor, they can surely expect kindness and mercy from the Lord. As we do in accordance to His will for the sake of His honour and glory, we will certainly be blessed.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,
You are a merciful God and You are good all the time. We have received Your mercy and kindness everyday of our lives and for this we want to praise You. Just like David who kept on praising Your name despite his suffering, we want to do the same. We pray that You will be pleased with us in whatever things we do according to Your will. We ask and pray that You will continue to be our strength when we face challenges of life – and we pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to be our guide and to help us to be steadfast in our faith especially in the midst of great despair. We praise Your great Name, O Lord. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期三,2020年8月26日
标题:眷顾贫穷的人
作者:王振威传道
翻译:陈健萍姐妹

【诗41:1-3】
1(大卫的诗,交与伶长。)眷顾贫穷的有福了,他遭难的日子,耶和华必搭救他。
2 耶和华必保全他,使他存活;他必在地上享福。求你不要把他交给仇敌,遂其所愿。
3 他病重在榻,耶和华必扶持他;他在病中,你必给他铺床。

在艰难痛苦的日子中,我们有多少人会留意他人的需要。当然,当我们面对诸如可怕的疾病等巨大的人生挑战时,不贯注于自己的难处是罕见的。当我们把思想关注于自己的痛苦和问题时,它只会使我们陷入更深的绝望和自怜之中。很多时候,我们甚至投入”谁的处境更糟糕” 的谈话。如果有人告诉我们,他/她一直在受苦,我们马上有一个故事来回应,我们所受的更糟了。我们没有向软弱无助者表示关怀问候,反倒是试图告诉他们,我们遭受的难处比他们的更甚。我们需要倾听和帮助有难处的人,而不是向内看自己并让人关注我们。

大卫在这诗篇以 “眷顾贫穷的有福了“ 开首。何谓 “眷顾贫穷” ?第一节,希伯来文 “sakal” 被译为英语的 “considers”(中文为“眷顾”)意即 “看、留心地看、考虑、照料”。旧约希伯来文字汇给予更全面的含义:“成为或变得聪明,审慎或明智”,意味着理解或判断的成熟。大卫不仅是说 “看见人有需要的有福了“ 他是在说:“看见需要,审视情况的复杂性并思考如何能明智地为满足需求而提供成功解决方案的人是有福的。“

从第一至第三节,大卫向读者保证,神会祝福和报答那些眷顾穷人(软弱无助者)的人。神必搭救、保护、保存、同在、扶持并医治。在马太福音,神的话语宣告 “怜恤人的人有福了,因为他们必蒙怜恤。”(太5:7,英语标准译本)

基督徒应该帮助贫穷、软弱无助的人,这是神的意愿,是祂所喜悦的。“贫穷的人” 包括因贫穷、疾病或遭受损失和悲伤而需要帮助的人。那些处于抑郁状态的人需要同情和帮助。对于那些以怜悯仁慈待贫穷软弱者的人,他们肯定可以期待从神而来的恩惠与怜悯。当我们为了神的尊荣与荣耀而按照祂的旨意行事时,我们一定会蒙祂的祝福。

祷告

亲爱的天父,祢是有恩慈的神。祢一直如此的美好。我们一生中每天都蒙受祢的怜悯和恩慈,为此,我们要赞美祢。正如大卫在遭受患难时仍不断赞美祢一样,我们也要如此。我们祈愿祢会喜悦我们按照祢的旨意所行的一切事。我们祈求在面临人生挑战的日子,祢继续是我们的力量 – 我们也祈求圣灵继续为我们的向导,尤其是在绝望时,帮助我们有坚稳的信心。神啊,我们称颂祢的名。我们奉主耶稣的名祈求,阿门。

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