Friday, 2 October 2020
Title: His Mercy Is For Ever
By: Ps Cheng Cheung

Psalm 107:13 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
And He saved them out of their distresses.

The Psalm is about God’s deliverance to His children. It starts with a short preamble dedicated in gratitude to God
”Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!”
”For His mercy endures forever.”

Then it describes four different experiences which God delivered His people from. There is cause for thanksgiving and praise at the end of each, because ”They cried out to the Lord . . . He saved them . . give thanks to the LORD for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!”

Briefly, some of God’s people ”wandered in the desert wastelands.” Then, there were ”those in chains who languished in the darkness and gloom of prison.” A third group ”suffered severe sickness and came to ‘loathe all food and drew near the gates of death’ ” Finally, the last group ”went down to the sea in frail ships and endured the fury of tempests and raging waves.”

But what was the source of the apparently life-threatening episodes these four groups of believers went through? Had any of these been self-inflicted?

ONE The believers ‘wandered’ about, and found no city to dwell in. They became hungry and thirsty, their souls weakened and they became desperate. Due to the hopelessness of their plight, they cried to God for mercy. He heard and led them to suitable dwellings so that they found rest for their longing souls.

TWO These believers were in the spiritual shadows, in darkness. They were bound by mental chains to past trauma and sad episodes. One would have thought those in such a position would seek God’s guidance, but no, they rebelled against His words and despised His counsel. Such arrogance! So God left them to the error of their ways. And the result was that all their efforts to be freed were laborious. Till, one day, they cried out to God for mercy and He led them out of darkness, out of the shadow of death. He broke the bondage of all the past baggage that was dragging them down.

THREE Proverbs 10:21 ”The lips of the righteous feed many”
”But fools die for lack of wisdom”. Not only was this group foolish, but had broken fellowship with God because of sin. Their affliction was deep and had no discernment as to the right decisions to make. They were near death. By spiritual analogy, when a sick soul has no appetite for the milk or meat of God’s word, it shows that spiritual death is near. Out of desperation, they cried out to God for mercy and He answered their cries for help.

FOUR Those who make a living in perilous circumstances or during dangerous times, know that ”He commands and raises the stormy wind,”
”Which lifts up the waves of the sea.”
”He calms the storm, so that its waves are still.”
These are the wonderful works of the Lord. And when you see the waves in your life rise up to the heavens and come crashing down around about you, know that you have come to the end of your resources: You will be at your “wit’s end.”
Cry out to God for mercy and He will answer you.

However, are you aware that the only thing that helps no one is a dead calm? The seaman who has not mastered the art of sailing in a storm is but an apprentice. May we seek only this: to stay well out at sea – and then we shall have no fear of stormy winds. Remember, our faith is always at its greatest point when we are in the middle of a trial, and confidence in the flesh will never endure testing. Fair-weather faith is not faith at all.

Finally, we will do well not to miss this reminder, repeated after each experience:

”Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness,”
”And for His wonderful works to the children of men!”

Prayer for Today

Heavenly Father, forgive me for murmuring when things do not go the way I expect them to, as will happen from time to time. Thank you for being patient with me despite this bad habit.

Deal with me with compassion because I am still a work-in-progress. Help me give thanks in all circumstances. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期五2020年10月2 日
题目:祂的慈爱永远长存
作者:张祯祥传道
翻译:方美珠姐妹

诗篇107:13於是,他们在苦难中哀求耶和华;祂从他们的祸患中拯救他们。

这首诗篇是关于上帝对祂儿女的拯救。它开始是以简短的序言向上帝献上感恩。
“你们要称谢耶和华,因他本为善,他的慈爱永远长存!”

然后,它描述了上帝拯救祂子民的四种不同经历。每个结尾都有感恩和赞美的原因,因为“他们哀求耶和华…. 祂拯救他们….但愿人因耶和华的慈爱和祂向人所行的奇事都称赞祂。”

简要说,一些上帝的子民“在旷野荒地漂流”。然后,就是“那些坐在黑暗中死荫里的人,被困苦和铁链捆锁。” 第三组是“他们心里厌恶各样的食物,就临近死门”。最后一组是“在海上坐残破的船,忍受狂风暴雨和汹涌的浪潮”。

但是,这四组信徒经历了显然危及生命情节的根源是什么呢?这些是否都是他们自己造成的呢?

第一组信徒“四处漂流”,寻不见可住的城邑。他们又饥又渴,心里发昏,灵魂衰弱。由于困境的绝望,他们哀求耶和华。祂听见又领他们行走直路,使他们往可居住的城邑,为他们渴慕的灵魂找到安息的地方。

第二组信徒在黑暗中属灵的阴影中。他们被精神链束缚于过去的创伤和悲伤的情节。有人会认为处于这种景况的人会寻求上帝的指引,但没有,他们背弃了祂的话,鄙视祂的忠告。越发嚣张!所以上帝让他们自走错路。结果他们为自由所奋斗奉献一切努力都是徒劳的。直到有一天,他们向上帝呼求怜悯,祂就带领他们走出黑暗,走出死亡的阴影。祂打破了过去一切被重担所拖累的捆绑。

第三组: 箴言10:21“义人的口教养多人,愚昧人因无知而死亡。”
这群人不仅愚蠢,而且因罪而破坏了与上帝的团契。他们极其痛苦, 失去辨别是非的能力。他们将近死亡。以属灵类比,当一个生病的灵魂对上帝的奶或肉食话语没有胃口时,表明灵里的死亡已经临近。出于绝望,他们向上帝呼求怜悯,祂就回应了他们的呼求帮助。

第四组:在危险环境或危险时期生活的人知道:
“因祂一吩咐,狂风就起来,海中的波浪也扬起”
“祂使狂风止息,波浪就平静。”
这些是上帝的奇妙作为。当你看到你生命中的波浪上到天空并下到你周围四处飞溅时,要知道你已经耗尽了你的资源:你已智穷才尽。向上帝呼求怜悯,祂会回应你的。

但是,你是否知道,其实风平浪静对人一点益处都没有?还不能掌握技巧在暴风雨中航行的水手只能是学徒。但愿我们只寻求这一点:在海上保持良好心态 — 然后我们就不用害怕暴风雨。记住,当我们在试炼中,我们的信心就会达到最高峰,肉体的信心永远都不会经得起考验。晴天的信心根本就不算是信心。

最后,请不要遗漏了这一个提醒,在每次经过试炼后都请重复:“但愿人因耶和华的慈爱和祂向人所行的奇事都称赞祂。”

祷告

天父,请原谅我常常在逆境中抱怨。感谢祢尽管我有这个坏习惯祢仍然对我有忍耐。请以怜悯忍耐待我,因为我还是一个半成品。 帮助我在任何情况下都能感恩。奉耶稣的名,阿们。

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