Sunday, 18 October 2020
Topic : God listened
By Elder Tan Seng Kee

Psalm 34:6

In the morning on the day I wrote this devotion I was in my car chatting away with my daughter when it dawned upon me how amazing it is that God brought to me a business partner of tremendous help in reviving a difficult venture I manage. I prayed, of course, for a resolution over many months, and often I told God the type of solution which I thought was most appropriate. However the answer from God was not what I had asked for or even anticipated because what God gave me was beyond what my earthly reasoning could expect or my faith could hope for. My heart was filled with gratefulness and I had a deep sense of peace in acknowledging that God heard me and blessed me in ways unimaginable.

So often in life when help is needed the natural thing to do is to run to someone I am confident is able to assist me. I would go to a doctor if I am unwell. I go to a plumber if house pipes are leaking. Often I do not go to God fast enough or “first” when I need help. That is however not unusual because in Psalm 34:6, the Psalmist records that “In my desperation I prayed and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles.”  So here the Psalmist turned to God only when he was desperate. Would it therefore make more sense that the Psalmist and we do not wait until we are desperate before we go to God for help?

Today for almost every single thing that bothers us whether medical, financial, emotional or even on relationships, we turn to GOOGLE for an answer or for a variety of options to understand the issues and for solutions. I arrived at 63 years old two weeks ago. I cannot say that there were no problems in my life nor were there no unassailable challenges … there were and often, plenty of them. Yet the amazing thing is that in the more than 3 score years that I lived I can today look back and see the unrelenting presence of God in my life. I recall His presence when I had to look at bleak circumstances; I feel His care when hardly anyone seems to understand, I remember many answered prayers which encouraged me onwards and today I can stand confident to face the future because God’s love had been steadfast in the past.

At 63 years old, I must admit I am not physically as agile as I was when I was 53 years, but at 63 years I have even more vivid memories of God’s goodness than when I was 53 years old. Each day I learn to begin the morning with prayers and meditation on God’s words. I learn to ‘replay’ in my mind the goodness of God in whatever I can recollect had happened in my life. Some days I can remember more and in other days, less, but all the same, the love of God was brightly clear as I take time to spend time remembering. I like how Psalm 34:6 records that “the Lord listened.” It is such a joy to know that all my prayers all these years, however eloquent, selfish or even foolish, “the Lord listened”. This verse 6 ends with “he saves me from all my troubles.” In other words, the Psalmist pulled through (or survived) in spite of his troubles. God does not always take away our troubles but he promised to save us and because God is there with me, I will manage and I will triumph through the troubles. Let us all learn to trust in God more.

Prayer:

Lord, help me to call on You when circumstances are not yet desperate so that I can learn to live each day in Your abiding presence. I thank You that You listen to all my prayers and I ask that You help me to pray more each day. Help me to put all my hope and trust in You alone. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期日,2020年10月18日
题目:耶和华已垂听
作者:陈诚基长老
翻译:杨仕涵弟兄

诗篇34:6
我这困苦人呼求,耶和华便垂听,救我脱离一切患难。

在我写这篇灵修的早晨,我与女儿在车上聊了起来。当时我意识到上帝的伟大奇妙,上帝给了我一位对我有巨大帮助的商业伙伴,以帮助重振我管理的一个事业。当然,我向上帝祷告了几个月,常常都告诉上帝我认为最合适的解决方案。但是,上帝给我的回应不仅不是我所求的解决方案,更不是我可以想象的,上帝给我的是超乎我属世的思想、超乎我的信心的。我内心充满感恩,深深地感到平安,承认上帝的确听了我的祷告,并以难以想象的方式祝福了我。

在生活中,经常需要帮助时,我自然而然会去找一个我有信心可以帮助我的人。如果我身体不舒服,我会去看医生。如果房屋管道漏水,我去找管工。当我需要帮助时,我并没有常常及时或“第一反应”去上帝那里。但这并不罕见,因为在诗篇34:6中记载:“我这困苦人呼求,耶和华便垂听,救我脱离一切患难。”看来,诗人也在绝望、困苦之时才转向上帝。诗人和我们如果不必等到我们绝望或困苦之时,才来向上帝呼求,不是更合理、更明智吗?

如今,困扰我们的几乎每件事,无论关于医学、财务、情感还是人际关系,我们都转向谷歌(Google)寻求答案或各种选择,以了解问题和解决方式。我两周前过了63岁。我不能说我的生活中没有任何问题,也没有无懈可击的挑战……其实有不少的挑战。然而,令人惊奇的是,在我60多年的生活中,我如今回顾过去,可以看见我生命中上帝每时每刻的同在。在我面对困难的时候,我记得祂的同在。当几乎无人能理解时,我感到祂顾念、关怀。我记得祂应许的许多祷告,激励我,使我今天有信心面对未来,都因为上帝的爱过去至今一直坚定不移。

我不得不承认,我今日63岁的体力不比53岁的体力活泼,但与53岁相比,我今日63岁对上帝的慈爱、恩典的记忆更加生动。我每早晨都学习以祷告和默想上帝的话开始一天的生活。我学习“重播”上帝在我生命中显现祂的慈爱和恩典的事情。有时候,我可记住多一些,而有时,我记得的少一些,但同样,当我花时间去回顾并回想时,上帝的爱十分清晰。我喜欢诗篇34:6如何写到“耶和华便垂听”。知道我多年的祷告,无论有多么说服力、自私甚至愚蠢,上帝便垂听,带给我何等的喜乐。诗篇34:6以“救我脱离一切患难”结束。换句话,诗人尽管遇到了麻烦,却还是坚持了下来(或幸存下来)。上帝并不会总是消除我们的患难,但祂答应拯救我们,因为上帝与我同在,我会克服并战胜这些患难。让我们都学习更多信靠上帝。

祷告:
主啊,求祢让我在情况还未到绝望时,就学习求告祢,以便我学会每天活在祢的同在里。我感谢祢,因祢垂听我所有的祷告,求祢帮助我每天更多的祷告。帮我把我所有的盼望和信心放在祢身上。奉主耶稣的名祷告。阿们。

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