Monday 31st Aug 2020
Why Should We Praise God?
Pastor Soong Kok Kee

Psalm 95: 3-7 “3 For the Lord is a great God, the great King above all gods. 4 He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains.5 The seas belongs to him, for he made it. His hands formed the dry land, too. 6 Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, 7 for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would listen to his voice today! (NLT)

Yes, the whole world, not just Christians should praise God. Verses 1-2 tell us “How” we should praise him and the above verses tell us “Why” we should praise him.

The reason for praise and thanksgiving is because we are related to God in creation. He is our Maker and Creator. He created not only the whole world and everything that is in it, but the whole of universe, for without him nothing will exist today. And this is true not only for us believers but for all men, for we are all creatures of his hands.
That is the reason Paul points out one of the charges God will bring against men is that “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him” (Rom 1:21). They did not care to recognise their relationship to him.

Thus Psalm 96:8 says “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name.” God is worthy of our praise and thanksgiving for the simple fact that he made us and we cannot live a moment without him. The glory due him should bring us together for worship. A little poem highlights the irony of men’s neglect of thanksgiving toward God. It is titled “The Humanist,” a modern term for what we used to call an atheist.

“He exists, because he was created.
He is here, because he was placed here.
He is well and comfortable because divine power keeps him so.
He dines at God’s table
He is sheltered by the roof God gave him.
He is clothed by God’s bounty.
He lives by breathing God’s air
Which keeps him strong and vocal
To go about persuading people that
Whether He is or not,
Only man matters.” (Source unknown) Ray C. Stedman

How ironic, isn’t it? When a man uses God’s resources to try to persuade men that God does not exists! Oh, the foolishness of man, when can we ever learn? For without God, we are not even here!

The psalmist reminds us that the Creator God is the great God and King above all the other gods that men make to worship. God owns the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains, the seas and the dry land were all made by him and belongs to him. It is thus proper and right for us to bow before him and worship him for he alone is the Maker of it all.

Verse 7 tells us that he is more than just God our Creator, he is also God our Redeemer, our Saviour. We are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. He is also our Shepherd-God. We have now entered into a personal relationship with him and the proper expression of it is one of awe and humility.

Indeed let us worship and bow down and kneel before this great and mighty God of the universe who is not only our creator and Shepherd but also our Heavenly Father, Abba Father, how blessed and fortunately we are indeed. Do we need any more reasons as to why we should praise and worship Him?

PRAYER: Father God, thank you for your amazing love and grace that saved a wretch like me! I was once lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see. This unworthy child now kneels and bow before you in worship for who you are and what you have done for me. Help me never to leave you but to love and serve you with everything you have blessed me with. In the precious name of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ I pray AMEN.

每日灵粮
星期一, 2020年8月31日
标题:我们为什么要赞美上帝?
作者:宋国基牧师
翻译:郑振隆传道

【诗95:3】因耶和华是伟大的 神,是超越万神的大君王。
【诗95:4】地的深处在他手中;山的高峰也属他。
【诗95:5】海洋属他,是他造的;旱地也是他手造成的。
【诗95:6】来啊,我们要俯伏敬拜,在造我们的耶和华面前跪拜。
【诗95:7】因为他是我们的 神;我们是他草场的百姓,是他手中的羊。惟愿你们今天听他的话!

是的,全世界,不仅是基督徒都应该赞美上帝。第1-2节告诉我们“如何”赞美祂,上述经节告诉我们“为什么”我们当赞美祂。

赞美和感恩的原因,是因为我们在创造中与上帝有关。
祂是我们的造物主和创造主。祂不仅创造了整个世界和其中的一切,而且创造了整个宇宙,因为没有祂,今天一切将不存在。这不仅对我们信徒是真实的,对所有人也是如此,因为我们都是祂的手所创造的。

这就是保罗指出上帝将对人类作出的其中一项指控的原因,就是【罗1:21】因为,他们虽然知道神,却不把祂当作 神荣耀祂,也不感谢祂。他们不在乎承认自己与祂的关系。

因此,【诗96:8】要将耶和华的名所当得的荣耀归给他。上帝配得我们的赞美和感恩,纯粹因为祂创造了我们,没有祂,我们片刻也不能活。祂当得的荣耀理应把我们召集起来一起敬拜。一首短诗凸显了人忽略向上帝 感恩的讽刺意味。它的标题为“人文主义者”,是我们过去称为无神论者的现代术语。

“他之所以存在,是因为他是被创造出来的。
他在这里,因为他被放在这里。
他过得好、舒适,因为上帝的大能保守他。
他与上帝同席享宴,
他在上帝所赐的屋檐下得庇护。
他披上上帝的恩惠衣。
他靠呼吸上帝的空气而活着,
这使他强壮而发声,
去说服人们,
不管他是或否,
唯有人才最重要。” (来源不明)雷·C·斯特德曼

真是讽刺,不是吗?一个在利用上帝的资源的人,尝试去说服他人,上帝不存在!哦,人的愚蠢!我们什么时候才能学会?如果没有上帝,我们不会在这里!

诗人提醒我们,造物主是伟大的上帝,是超越所有人手所造所敬拜的其他神的大君王。上帝拥有大地的深处和最强大的山脉,海洋和旱地都是祂创造的,也是属于祂的 。因此,我们向祂俯伏敬拜是理所当然的,因为只有祂才是一切的创造者。

第7节告诉我们,祂不仅仅是我们的创造主,还是我们的救赎主,我们的救主。我们是祂牧场上的人,也是祂手中的羊。祂也是我们的牧者。现在,我们已经与祂建立了个人关系,其正确的表达是敬畏和谦卑。

诚然,让我们在这位伟大的、宇宙的上帝面前俯伏敬拜。祂不仅是我们的创造主和牧者,而且还是我们的天父、阿爸父,我们确实是多么的蒙福。我们还需要更多的理由来解释为什么我们应该赞美和崇拜祂吗?

祷告:父神,感谢祢奇妙的爱与恩典,拯救了我这卑劣的人! 我曾经迷路失丧 ,但现在被寻着,曾经瞎眼,但现在我能看见了。为着祢的身份,和祢为我所做的一切,这位不配的孩子向祢屈膝崇拜。帮助我永远不离开祢,并且以祢所祝福我的一切去爱和服侍祢。奉主耶稣基督的宝贵名字祈祷,阿们。

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