Wednesday, 21st October 2020
Title: Prayer with Trust
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong

Psalm 62:5 – 8
5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.
6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress; I will not be shaken.
7 My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
8 Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

Looking back to the time before the Covid-19 pandemic struck the world when people’s lives relied so heavily on technology and scientific advancement that everything seems to be doing exceedingly well. It seems like we have the answer to almost every question. With all of our advanced knowledge, we may be tempted to think that mankind has the ability to solve every problem ourselves. However, it does not take much to remind us that we are still finite beings and powerless. There are many questions which we simply do not have answers for. But believers should know where we put our trust and where our hope rests. It is not in the power or the ingenuity of the human kind.

In Psalm 62, King David addresses his “heart” and then exhorts the people to look to God for protection. He contrasts the trustworthiness of God — especially for deliverance and protection with the vanity of human pride. The concept of ‘waiting’ for God is a central idea in the book of Psalms. To wait for God and to rest our souls in Him for help and to spend time in contemplation, worship, and prayer in bringing our struggle to God alone.

Psalm 62: 5 – 8 gives us a beautiful model of prayer. It is a prayer which stems from continual trust in a trustworthy God. King David writes, “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.” He instructs God’s people on prayer with an undivided heart — the kind of prayer that is pleasing to God. The word “refuge” when broken down into its Latin root words literally means to “turn and flee to, over and over.” When the Old Testament speaks of “refuge”, its Hebrew root (hasah) in a lexicon — calls our attention first of all to sin and the wreckage it causes. “Refuge” is always used in the context of a threat, something wrong or dangerous in the world, as in seeking a safe place from a dangerous threat.

God intended for our safe place to be in Him and that we might be able to put our full trust in Him. King David modeled this kind of prayer that begins a call to a total trust in God, a trust which is “at all times”. Notice that his emphasis is not upon the level of trust, but rather the constancy of trust and God’s worthiness of trust. A trust which is able to endure through all times which can only be founded on God alone. God’s solidity as “mighty rock and refuge” leads to King David’s constancy in trust. This kind of prayer is also offered in the integrity of the heart. Not only King David modeled constancy, but also honesty. He instructs God’s people in verse 8 to, “pour out your heart before him.” For David, trusting God is to bring the deepest confine within our heart to God in prayer, because he knows God looks at the sincerity of the prayer.

Simply put, King David tells us that it can be so difficult to trust God because we must trust in Him “alone” — and we so often want to trust God and something else or someone else. However, we must learn to pray like King David and we should ask ourselves, what is competing for our trust in God alone? Can we surrender to God the things that lead us to more anxiety and to stray away from total trust in Him alone?

Our Heavenly Father, we thank You for your blessings and Your grace and mercy we experience each new day. We come to You in praise and repentance proclaiming that You are our refuge and strength at all times. Please forgive us when we are rushing through in our prayers or when we react to situations without waiting for You and Your timing. Help us Lord to be still in Your presence as we pour out our hearts before You. Grant us joy and peace in You today and forevermore. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

星期三, 2020年10月21日

5 我的心哪、你当默默无声、专等候神. 因为我的盼望是从他而来。
6 惟独他是我的磐石、我的拯救. 他是我的高台. 我必不动摇。
7 我的拯救、我的荣耀、都在乎神. 我力量的磐石、我的避难所、都在乎神.
8 你们众民当时时倚靠他、在他面前倾心吐意. 神是我们的避难所。


在诗篇62 中,大卫王对他的 “心” 说话,然后劝告人们向上帝寻求保护。他将上帝的信实——特别是在拯救和保护方面,与人类骄傲的虚荣心作了对比。“等候” 上帝的概念是诗篇中的核心思想。 等候上帝、让我们的灵安息在祂里面以得帮助;花时间默想、敬拜,以及祈祷,把我们的挣扎都惟独交托给上帝。

诗篇62:5-8给了我们一个美丽的祈祷模式。这是一个源于持续不断地倚靠一位可靠的上帝的祷告。大卫王写道:“你们众民当时时倚靠他、在他面前倾心吐意. 神是我们的避难所。” 他指导上帝的子民,祷告要全心全意——那是讨上帝喜悦的祷告。” refuge(避难所)” 这个字在分解成拉丁语的字根时,字面意思是 “一遍又一遍地转身逃跑” 。当旧约谈到 “避难所” 时,它的希伯来字根(哈萨hasah)在词典中——首先引起我们注意的,是罪和它造成的损毁。”避难所” 总是用于具威胁的语境中、世界出事了或有危险了,如寻觅一个安全的地方以免受到危险的威胁。

上帝意欲我们安全之处乃在祂里面,而且我们能够完全地倚靠祂。大卫王效仿了这样的祷告,以呼吁对上帝的完全倚靠为开首,这是“时时” 的倚靠。请留意,他的重点不在倚靠的程度,而在于倚靠的恒常性和上帝的可靠性。一种历久不衰且惟独以上帝为基础的倚靠。上帝作为 “力量的磐石和避难所” 的可靠性导致大卫王对祂信靠的坚定。这样的祈祷也是以纯净正直的心所献上的。大卫王不仅树立了坚定不移的榜样,也树立了诚实的榜样。他在第8节中指导上帝的子民 “在他面前倾心吐意”。对大卫而言,倚靠上帝就是在祷告中把我们内心最深的局限交给上帝,因为他知道上帝着眼于祷告者的诚意。

简单地说,大卫王告诉我们,相信上帝可以是如此困难因为我们必须 “惟独” 信靠祂——而我们经常想倚靠上帝也依靠其他的人或事物。然而,我们必须学习像大卫王这样祈祷;我们也应该问自己,什么在争夺我们惟独倚靠上帝的心?我们能否向上帝交出那些令我们更加焦虑并令我们远离惟独完全倚靠祂的东西?