Wednesday, 23rd September 2020
Title: Where Do Our Help Come From?
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong
Psalm 124: A Song of Ascents. Of David.
124 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side – let Israel now say –
2 if it had not been the LORD who was on our side when people rose up against us,
3 then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us;
4 then the flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us;
5 then over us would have gone the raging waters.
6 Blessed be the LORD, who has not given us as prey to their teeth!
7 We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped!
8 Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
This song of Ascents, Psalm 124, is one of the songs King David composed for the Israelites to sing along as they were on their way to Jerusalem for the annual feast. King David is certain in his answer to the question, “Where do our help come from?” In this Psalm, he declared that the Israelites – the people of God, received their help from the Lord regardless of whatever circumstances they faced, the trouble they experienced or the danger they encountered. It is in the name of the Lord, the creator of heaven and earth that they would be delivered from harm.
King David spelled out clearly in this Psalm how the Israelites escaped the dangers of their enemies all around them like a bird escaped from a broken snare of the fowlers. This Psalm was sung by God’s people as a reminder that their only hope is in the Lord because God alone can save His people from all situations. Praise be to God! We are never left alone without His help. There is no place too isolated God is unable to reach us.
“In God is rest, but in none else. Let us commit ourselves, and all that we are, and all that we have, and all that we have to do, and all that we have to suffer, to the care of our loving God, casting all our care upon Him, for He careth for us. Here we are in God, and here we mean to abide. To rest in God’s Word, to rejoice in God’s covenant, to trust in the divine sacrifice, to be conformed to God’s will, to delight in God’s self – this is to stay yourself upon God, and the consequence of it is perfect peace.” ~ from (www.spurgeon.my)
Dear Heavenly Father, we are grateful for Your word. You have shown Your love towards all of us through the Bible – and today as we read Psalm 124, we are reminded that You are the Lord who is always there for Your people even in the time of battle. If You were not on your people’s side, they would have been swallowed up alive by their enemies.
Therefore, we pray O Lord that the Holy Spirit will help us to remember your precious Word and hide them in our heart that “Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth!” so that we will rest completely in Your name alone. In Jesus’ most precious name, we pray. Amen.
诗篇124，这首上行之诗，是大卫王为以色列人谱写的诗歌之一，供他们在前往耶路撒冷参加一年一度的节日途中一起唱。大卫王对 “我们的帮助从何而来？” 这个问题的回答是肯定的。他在诗中宣告，以色列人 — 上帝的子民，无论面临什么境况，经历过什么困难，或遭逢什么危险，都从主那里得到了帮助。他们是奉创造天地之主的名得拯救，免至遭害的。
“在上帝里面有安息，除祂以外，无处可觅。让我们交托自己，我们的一切，一切所拥有的、一切所必须做的，以及一切我们必须遭受的，都交在我们慈爱的上帝的庇荫下；将我们一切的忧虑卸给祂，因为祂顾念我们。而今我们在上帝里面，我们意欲常在祂里面。安息在上帝的道，在上帝的圣约中欢欣，信靠上帝神圣的牺牲，遵从上帝的旨意，以上帝自己为乐 — 如此就保守自己常在上帝里面，其结果便是完全的平安。”
亲爱的天父，我们为祢的话语感恩。透过圣经，祢显明向我们众人的爱 — 今天，当我们阅读诗篇124时，我们被提醒，祢是那位即使在战争中也始终与祢的子民同在的主。若祢没有帮助祢的子民，他们就已被他们的敌人活活地吞灭了。
因此主啊，我们向祢祈求，求圣灵帮助我们谨记祢宝贵的话语，将 “我们得帮助，是在乎倚靠造天地之耶和华的名。” 藏着我们心里，好使我们单靠祢的名得以全然地安息。我们奉耶稣至宝贵的名祷告。阿门。