Sunday, 4 October 2020
Title: God will never forsake the righteous!
By Elder Yu Chin Shie

Psalm 37:25
I was young and now I am old,
Yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or
Their children begging bread.

The writer of Psalm 37 is King David. By the time he penned this psalm, he was an old man. David’s life was not a smooth one and was filled with much drama and excitement. The slaying of Goliath endeared the people to David. But soon, King Saul became jealous of him and wanted him killed. David had been on the run from Saul for 4 years and spent another 4 years at Ziklag, in Philistine territory until Saul died on Mt. Gilboa in battle.

After becoming king in Hebron and later the whole of Israel, he faced many challenges including the exposure of his adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of Uriah by the prophet Nathan, his flight from his son, Absalom and the sin of taking a census which cost the lives of more than 70,000 Israelites. Though David was afflicted by God due to his sins, he was quick to repent and restore his relationship with God. He was called “the man after God’s own heart”. I am not surprised that in his last years, he could declare “yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread”.

Adam Clarke, a British Methodist theologian and biblical scholar who lived 250 years ago, commented on Psalm 37:25 as follows:

I have been young, and now am old – I believe this to be literally true in all cases. I am now grey headed myself; I have travelled in different countries and have had many opportunities of seeing and conversing with religious people in all situations in life; and I have not, to my knowledge, seen one instance to the contrary. I have seen no righteous man forsaken, nor any children of the righteous begging their bread. God puts this honour upon all that fear him; and thus careful is he of them.

What an encouragement!

Now I would like to share my own experience.

David died at the age of seventy. Though I am not at that age yet, I think Iikely I could qualify to agree with him based on my observation and experience.

As I looked back to my life, I could not recount any instance in which I have felt forsaken by the Lord. I could remember vividly the various milestones of my life in which He has provided for me, and at times in the right moment. There were times I have to wait, especially in the provision of a job while in Melbourne after graduation, my first job in Malaysia with Texas Instruments and even my last job which I stayed for 16 years till my recent retirement. I was never in doubt when I was out of job that the Lord would eventually provide even though waiting could be a testing of my endurance and patience (James 1:2-4). Prior to my last job, I took a VSS (voluntary separation scheme) where I was given 15 months’ wages. I had the blessing of a year of paid vacation before the Lord gifted me with a good job which I stayed till I retired.

I could also recount how the Lord has provided jobs for my three children in Australia, US and here. Each has their own amazing story to tell how God has been good to them and provided for them. They have not had the experience of “begging for bread”.

As I observe around me, I could see how the Lord has also provided and taken care of the righteous brothers and sisters in Christ and their children. If given the chance to testify, we will have a great feast of hearing God’s steadfast love and providence for His own.

We must remember that the promise of Psalm 37 belongs to those who trust in the Lord and do good (Psalm 37:3), take delight in the Lord (Psalm 37:4), commit their ways to the Lord (Psalm 37:5) and who are still before Him and patiently wait (Psalm 37:7). At times we get outside these divine boundaries. As a result, God’s children needlessly suffer and are disciplined for their sins (Hebrews 12) and at times are in want. I think all of us can identify with this. The covenant blessing pertains to those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, not unrighteousness. (Matthew 5:6)

Prayer

Oh God our Heavenly Father, we praise You that Your steadfast love extends to the heaven, Your faithfulness to the clouds.
Thank You for Your precious promise that You will never forsake the righteous or have their children begging bread.
We can’t thank You enough for providing for us and always watching over us.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期日,2020年10月4日
标题:上帝永远不会遗弃义人!
作者:余清熹长老 
翻译:杨惠光弟兄

诗篇37:25
我从前年幼,现在年老, 却未见过义人被弃, 也未见过他的後裔讨饭。

诗篇37的作者是大卫王。当他写下这首诗时,他已经年老了。大卫的生活并非一帆风顺,而是充满戏剧性和兴奋感。杀死哥利亚使大卫赢得百姓的喜爱。但很快,扫罗王嫉妒他,并想杀死他。四年里,大卫逃避扫罗的追杀,并在非利士领土的吉拉住了四年,直到扫罗在战斗中死于吉尔伯山上。

在希伯伦(后来是整个以色列)成为国王之后,他面临许多挑战,包括与拔示巴通奸,杀害乌利亚,被先知拿单揭发。逃离儿子押沙龙的追杀以及进行人口调查的罪使超过70,000以色列人丧失生命。尽管大卫因自己的罪恶而遭受上帝的折磨,但他很快悔改并恢复了与上帝的关系。他被称为“合神心意的人”。我对他在去世前所宣布“但我从未见过义人被遗弃或他们的孩子乞讨面包”不感到惊讶。

居住在250年前的英国卫理公会神学家和圣经学者亚当·克拉克(Adam Clarke)对诗篇37:25的评论如下:

#我曾年轻,现在已经老了—我相信这句话在任何情况下都是正确的。我现在头昏脑沉。我曾在不同的国家旅行,在生活中有许多机会和宗教人士见面和交流;据我所知,我还没有看到一个相反的例子。我从未见过义人被遗弃,也没有见义人子孙乞求面包。上帝把尊贵赐给所有敬畏他的人。因此,他是慎重待他们。 #

多么激励人心的话!

现在,我想分享自己的经验。

大卫去世时,享年70岁。尽管我还不到那个年龄,但我认为我有资格根据我的观察和经验同意他的观点。

当我回顾自己的生活时,我无法叙述我感到被主抛弃的任何情况。我可以生动地记得祂为我提供的人生各个里程碑,有时是在恰当的时机。有时我必须等待,特别是毕业后在墨尔本工作时,我在马来西亚的第一份工作是德州仪器公司,甚至最近退休前的最后一份工作我也待了16年。当我失业时,我毫不怀疑并相信上帝会预备新的工作,虽然在等待中会对我的忍耐和耐心是一种考验(雅各书1:2-4)。在上一份工作之前,我参加了VSS(自愿离职计划),并得到15个月的工资。在主赐予我一份出色的工作之前,我有一年带薪假期的祝福,我一直待到退休。

我还可以回顾上帝如何为我的三个孩子在澳大利亚,美国和这里(马来西亚)预备工作。他们每人都有自己的奇妙故事,讲述上帝如何恩待他们。他们没有“乞求面包”的经验。

当我观察周遭时,我可以看到主是如何提供和照顾主内行义的弟兄姐妹及其子女的。如果有机会开一个见证会,那将是盛大宴席来讲述我们的上帝对他自己儿女坚定不移的爱与供应。

我们必须记住,诗篇37的应许属于那些信靠耶和华并行善的人(诗篇37:3),又要以耶和华为乐(诗篇37:4),当将你的事交托耶和华(诗篇37:5) 你当默然倚靠耶和华,耐性等候他(诗篇37:7)。有时我们会超越这些神圣的界限。结果,上帝的孩子们不必要地受苦并因自己的罪过而受到纪律处分(希伯来书12章),有时甚至缺乏。我认为我们所有人都可以认同这一点。圣约的祝福属于那些饥渴慕义的人。(马太福音5:6)

祷告:上帝啊,我们的天父,我们赞美你,你坚定的爱延伸到天堂,你的信实延伸到云端。感谢你的宝贵应许,你永远不会放弃义人,也不会让他们的孩子乞讨面包。我们无法不感谢你的供应及随时的看顾。我们奉耶稣的名祷告。阿们。

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