Wednesday, 30th September 2020
Title: The Lord Surrounds His People
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong

Psalm 125 (ESV)
A Song of Ascents.
1 Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.
3 For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous stretch out their hands to do wrong.
4 Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts!
5 But those who turn aside to their crooked ways the LORD will lead away with evildoers! Peace be upon Israel!

Here is another Song of Ascents that King David composed for the Israelites to sing along as they made their way to the city of Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Jehovah. This Psalm was sung as prayer and praise once they started to ascent the holy Hill of Zion. We can read from the first verse: “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever”.

Through the passage of time, God has proven Himself to be faithful to His people. King David declared his confidence in the Lord because of His continuing goodness and grace toward him and the nation of Israel. This Psalm of praise allows the Israelites to sing together in unity as a tribute to God’s patience and thanksgiving for His everlasting mercy. They come together to show reverence to God’s holy name.

Like Israel, we can look back in our lives and see how God’s unfailing love and mercy has sustained us. We are able to journey with our Lord thus far only because of His grace and mercy for us. With God’s faithfulness, we also can look forward to the day when the good works He has started in us will be completed in Christ Jesus. Shall we not give grateful thanks and praise to Him and rejoice in His forbearance towards us! And like Israel, we too can sing together in unity: “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.”

Prayer:

O God, Heavenly Father, we thank you for the victory we found in Jesus Christ, our Lord. We are so thankful for your faithfulness towards us. As we abide in You and Your love, You promise not to forsake us, nor leave us as orphans.

We pray today, O Lord, that the Holy Spirit will be our guide as we live our lives for your glory. Give us the humility to surrender ourselves to allow the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts, minds, and souls. Help us not to forget that we need You every hour of the day. Use us, O Lord, to help others to live for You. Give us wisdom to use our words wisely in order to build up and never to tear down. Help us never to resort to the wicked ways which are not pleasing in Your sight. We pray in the precious name of Jesus Christ our Saviour and our Lord. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期三, 2020年9月30日
标题:耶和华围绕祂的百姓
作者:王振威传道
翻译:陈健萍姐妹

【诗篇125】[和合本]
1 (上行之诗。)倚靠耶和华的人,好像锡安山,永不动摇。
2 众山怎样围绕耶路撒冷,耶和华也照样围绕他的百姓,从今时直到永远。
3 恶人的杖不常落在义人的分上,免得义人伸手作恶。
4 耶和华阿,求你善待那些为善,和心里正直的人。
5 至于那偏行弯曲道路的人,耶和华必使他和作恶的人一同出去受刑。愿 平安归于以色列。

这是大卫王所谱写的另一首上行之诗,供以色列人前往耶路撒冷向耶和华守节时在途中咏唱。当他们开始登上锡安的圣山时就唱这首诗歌作为他们的祈祷与赞美。 我们可以从第一节读到:“倚靠耶和华的人,好像锡安山,永不动摇。”

日久年深,上帝已证明自己对祂的子民是信实的。大卫王宣告他对耶和华的信心,因为耶和华向他并以色列国民不断地施与慈爱与恩惠。这篇赞美诗让以色列民团结一致地歌唱以赞颂上帝的忍耐,并感谢祂长存的怜悯。他们一同崇敬上帝的圣名。

像以色列一般,我们可以回顾我们的生命,看看上帝永恒不朽的爱和怜悯是如何扶助护佑我们。我们之所以能与主同行至今,仅因祂对我们的恩典与怜悯。靠着主的信实,我们也可以期待有一天,祂在我们身上开始的善工将会在耶稣基督里完成。我们岂不因祂对我们的宽容而欢欣、向祂献上感恩与赞美!同样如以色列一般,我们也可以齐心颂唱:“众山怎样围绕耶路撒冷,耶和华也照样围绕他的百姓,从今时直到永远。”

祷告

阿爸父上帝,我们为在耶稣基督里的得胜感谢祢。我们衷心感激祢对我们的信实。当我们常在祢以及祢的爱里面,祢应许总不离弃我们,也不撇下我们如孤儿。

主啊,我们今天向祢祈求,当我们为祢的荣耀而活时,求圣灵作我们的向导。赐我们谦卑,愿意摆上自己,容让圣灵充满我们的心、意志与灵。帮助我们不忘记我们每天每时刻都需要祢。主啊,使用我们帮助他人为祢而活。赐我们智慧,明智地用我们的言语去建立而决不拆毁。帮助我们永不耍弄祢眼中看为不悦的恶行。我们奉耶稣基督我们的救赎主宝贵的名求。阿门。

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