Monday, 28th September 2020
REPENTING AND REJOICING
Pastor Soong Kok Kee

Psalm 51: 12-15
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you. Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.

A Christian woman asked another believer how he was doing. With a broad smile he replied, “Repenting and rejoicing, sister!” I believe this brother was walking in a spirit of repentance – daily confessing and turning from sins and rejoicing in God’s forgiveness. Because honest repentance involves sorrow, we may sometimes forget that repenting leads to rejoicing. When we first repented and became new believers, we experienced great joy. But if we then choose to live with unconfessed sin in our life, our joy is lost.

David believed his joy could be restored. After pouring out his prayer of repentance to God in Psalm 51, he made this humble plea: “Restore to me the joy of my salvation” (v.12). As David turned back to the Lord, his sense of purpose returned: “Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you” (v.13). Through his faith in a forgiving and merciful God, David began rejoicing again in his salvation (vv.14-15).

Do we sometimes lose the joy of our salvation because we fail to deal with our sins? If we confess them, God will forgive us (1 John 1:9). He will restore your joy and help you overcome sins that trouble you. That’s what it means to be repenting and rejoicing.

Psalm 51 records David’s repentance after God sent prophet Nathan to point out his sin of adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband Uriah (2 Sam 11). The last sentence of 2 Samuel 11 says “But the thing David had done displeased the Lord”. Our holy God is not happy with sin, not the sinner. No matter how big a sin we have committed, as long as we are willing to come to God in repentance and ask for his forgiveness, he will forgive. It had troubled me for quite a while as to how God had allowed the wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, to be born of such parents. The only answer I can think of is Ps 103:12 “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” And Jer 31:34 “I will forgive heir wickedness and will remember their sins no more”. He hates the sin but not the sinner.

The unhappiest person on earth is a Christian living in sin. That’s the reason David lost the joy of his salvation although he now has Bathsheba as his wife and 2 Sam 11:2 records her as “The woman was very beautiful”. The Holy Spirit in us will not allow us to enjoy the fruit of our sin. He will hound us till we come repenting before our God. That’s the reason some Christians confess their sins even before they are found out. They have lost the joy of their salvation and the only way they can gain back that joy is to come before God, repent and ask for his forgiveness, like David did. Praise the Lord for the work of the Holy Spirit.

My dear brothers and sisters, do you still have that joy of salvation in your life? If not, is there something in your life that needs to be put right before God? Do it right now, unlike the man who wrote to the Income Tax Department and said “I have not been able to sleep for the past few weeks because I under declared some income of mine. I am enclosing a cheque for RM1,000/-, and if I still can’t sleep, I will send you the rest.” Let’s pray you will not be able to sleep until you make it right with God and regain back the joy of your salvation.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, thank you for reminding us that if there is something in our life that displeases you, we will never be happy this side of eternity. Help us to have the courage to own up to our sin or mistake. We know you will always love us in spite of our sins for while we were yet sinners, you died for us. You hate our sin, not us sinners. Thank you Lord. We pray all these in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN

每日灵粮
星期一,2020年9月28日
标题:悔改和喜乐
讲员:宋国基牧师
翻译:郑振隆弟兄

诗篇51: 12-15

以你救赎的喜乐复兴我,赐我一颗愿意的灵,来承接它。然后,我将教导犯罪者您的道路,罪人将回转向您。上帝啊,拯救我的上帝啊,救我脱离原罪,我的舌头必歌颂你的公义。耶和华啊,张开我的嘴唇,我的口便宣告称赞你。

一名基督徒妇女问另一位基督徒他过得怎么样。他面带笑容,回答道:“姐妹,悔改与喜乐啊!” 我相信这位兄弟正行走在悔改的灵里 – 每天认罪悔改,脱离罪恶,欢庆在上帝的宽恕中。因为真诚的悔改涉及悲伤,所以有时我们可能会忘记悔改会带来喜乐。当我们第一次悔改成为基督徒时,我们经历了大喜乐。但是,如果我们依然选择活在不认罪的生活中时,我们的喜乐就会消失。

大卫相信上帝可以恢复他的喜乐。在诗篇51中,大卫向上帝倾吐悔改的祷告之后,他做了一个谦卑的恳求“求你使我重得救恩之乐”(12节)。当大卫回转向上帝时,他的使命又得以恢复:“我就把你的道指教有过犯的人,罪人必归顺你。”(13节)。

我们是否有时会因无法处理自己的罪而失去救赎的喜乐?如果我们向上帝承认自己的罪,上帝必要赦免我们的罪(约翰一书1:9)。上帝会恢复您的喜乐,并帮助您克服困扰您的罪过。这就是悔改和喜乐的意思。

诗篇51篇记录了大卫的悔改,因为上帝派先知拿单指出大卫与拔示巴的通奸罪和大卫谋害她丈夫乌利亚的罪(撒母耳记下11)。 撒母耳记下11的最后一句说:“但是上主对大卫所做这事十分不悦。”圣洁的上帝恨恶罪,但不恨恶罪人。无论我们犯了多大的罪,只要我们愿意来到上帝面前认罪悔改,并请求祂的宽恕,上帝必会宽恕。上帝为何让如此父母生下世界上最聪明的人,所罗门,这困扰了我好一阵子。我能想到的唯一答案就是【诗103:12】“东离西多远,他使我们的罪离开我们也那么远。”以及【耶31:34】“我要赦免他们的罪,不再记住他们的过犯。” 上帝恨恶罪,但不恨恶罪人。

地球上最不幸的人是生活在罪中的基督徒。这就是大卫失去了救赎之乐的原因,尽管他现在拥有拔示巴作为他的妻子,【撒母耳记下11:2】记录“那妇人容貌非常俊美”。我们里面的圣灵将不允许我们享受罪恶的果子。祂将追逼我们,直到我们在上帝面前认罪悔改。这就是为什么有些基督徒在被发现犯罪之前就认罪的原因。他们已经失去了得救的喜乐,而唯一能重获这喜乐的途径就是像大卫一样,来到上帝面前,认罪悔改,并祈求祂的宽恕。为圣灵的工作赞美主。

亲爱的兄弟姐妹们,您生命中仍然有得救的喜乐吗?如果没有,您生命中有什么事情需要在上帝面前得到正确的处理吗?现在就做吧,不要像那位写给所得税部的人所说:“过去几周我一直无法入睡,因为我没有申报自己的一些收入。随函附上一张RM1,000 /-的支票,如果我仍然无法入睡,我会把剩下的寄给您。”让我们祷告您睡不着觉,直到您与上帝和好,并重新获得救恩的喜乐之时。

祷告

亲爱的上帝,谢谢祢提醒我们,生命中若有任何不讨祢喜悦的地方,我们进入永恒之前永远不会幸福。帮助我们勇于承认自己的罪或过失。我们知道,尽管我们会有罪过,但祢永远都爱我们,因为惟有祢在我们还作罪人的时候为我们死。祢恨恶我们的罪,却不是我们罪人。感谢上帝。奉主耶稣基督的宝贵名祷告。阿门

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