Wednesday, 28th October 2020
Title: In Your Light
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong

Psalm 36: 5-9 (ESV)
5 LORD, your love is as high as the heavens.
Your faithful love reaches up to the skies.
6 Your holiness is as great as the height of the highest mountains.
You are as honest as the oceans are deep.
LORD, you keep people and animals safe.
7 How priceless your faithful love is!
People find safety in the shadow of your wings.
8 They eat well because there is more than enough in your house.
You let them drink from your river that flows with good things.
9 For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light do we see light.

When I first read Psalm 36:9 “For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light”; this verse struck me deeply and made me ponder. Considering our Christian walk with God, we are faced with daily struggles in decision making. We are called to make righteous choices in accordance to His words. At the same time, we are ensnared because we have an enemy that creates doubt in our mind and wants us to follow our fleshly desires. The enemy also wants us to act independently from God and give in to our sinful nature. Do we all agree that it is easier for us to just resolve into our old ways of trusting ourselves?

Many a time in my everyday life, as I am busy doing my daily routine and solving problems, challenges and opposition arising from those unkind people around me inevitably lead me to doubt God in my walk with Him. Doubt subsequently leads to discouragement, and discouragement to depression.

“In Your light do we see light”- this phrase especially encourages me whenever I am going through the battle against discouragement, doubt, and fear. “In God’s light, we see light!” God has not called us to be depressed or to feel anxious when we are facing darkness against our soul. This word “light” is also a symbol of the “truth” — truth about who we are and who He is. He is the fountain of life. He is faithful in love. He is holy, honest, and we can find safety in the shadow of His wings.

Therefore, we should have this truth prevailing in our soul and experience this refreshing light that dispels darkness. Abide in Him by faith and enjoy our safety under His wings. Let our soul not be anxious because the true light is with us and in us. Jesus identifies himself as the light of the world that gives “the light of life” to whomever follows him. In John 8:12, again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Jesus was telling us that He is the light of life, and for those who believe in Him, He is in them. Hence, as believers, the light of life is with us and in us. Take this truth by faith, to be with the light, in the light, and knowing that the light is always in us. Be encouraged, the next time we have a dark cloud hanging over our heads with a despondent and depressed feeling — all we need to do is to claim the promise and be assured that we are in the light! What Christ has done on the cross has saved us from now to eternity. His faithfulness and His love provide us the only sure ground of confidence that, in Him, we will see the light in our walk and in our life.

Lyric by Lauren Daigle… You Say

I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough,
Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up,
Am I just the sum of every high and every low?
Remind me once again just who I am, because I need to know…

Oh Lord, You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing,
You say I am strong when I think I am weak,
And You say I am held when I am falling short,
And when I don’t belong, You say I am Yours,
And I believe, I believe…what You say of me…

The only thing that matters now is everything You think of me,
In You I find my worth, in You I find my identity,
Taking all that I have and now I am laying it at Your feet,
You will have every failure, my God, You will have every victory.

Oh Lord, You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing,
You say I am strong when I think I am weak,
And You say I am held when I am falling short,
And when I don’t belong, You say I am Yours,
And I believe, I believe…what You say of me…

Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for keeping us safe to this day — how priceless is Your unfailing love to us. May we all find refuge in the shadow of Your wings. We ask for more of You, Oh Lord — only in the clarity of Your light, we are able to see light. Open our eyes that we may see You today. Please remove anything hindering us from experiencing Your love and seeing Your faithfulness in our lives. We lift up our eyes to You today — all praise and glory belong to You as we pray in Jesus’ most precious name. Amen.

星期三, 2020年10月28日

5 耶和华阿、你的慈爱、上及诸天.你的信实、达到穹苍。
6 你的公义、好像高山.你的判断、如同深渊.耶和华阿、人民牲畜、你都救护。
7 神阿、你的慈爱、何其宝贵.世人投靠在你翅膀的荫下。
8 他们必因你殿里的肥甘、得以饱足.你也必叫他们喝你乐河的水。
9 因为在你那里、有生命的源头.在你的光中、我们必得见光。

我第一次阅读诗篇 36:9 时,“因为在你那里、有生命的源头.在你的光中、我们必得见光。”,这句话深深地打动了我,让我深思。 考量到我们与基督的同行,我们在决策过程中每天都面对挣扎。 我们被召唤按照祂的话作出正义的选择。 与此同时,我们也陷入困境,因为我们有一个敌人在我们的脑海中制造了怀疑,要我们依从我们肉体的意愿;敌人还希望我们脱离上帝而独立行事,屈服于我们的罪性。 我们是否都同意,决定用以前信自己的方式行事较为容易?

在我的日常生活中,很多时候当我忙于处理日常事务和解决问题时,从我周围那些不友善的人引起的挑战与反对,无可避免地令我在我与上帝同行的过程中怀疑祂。 怀疑随后导致沮丧,继而引致忧郁。

“在你的光中、我们必得见光”——每当我与沮丧、怀疑和恐惧争斗时,这句话特别激励我。 “在上帝的光中,我们得见光!” 当我们面临黑暗对抗我们的灵魂时,上帝并没有叫我们消沉或感到焦虑。“光” 一词也是 “真理” 的象征 — — 关乎 “我们是谁” 和 “祂是谁” 的真理。 祂是生命的源头。 祂忠实于祂的慈爱。 祂是圣洁的、诚实的,我们可以投靠在祂翅膀的荫下得保全。

因此,我们的灵魂应该有这真理作主导,去体验这令人精神振作且驱散黑暗的光。 凭信心住在祂里面,在祂的翅膀下安然享受祂的保护。 让我们的灵魂不焦虑,因为真光与我们同在,且在我们里面。 耶稣表明自己是世界的光,赐 “生命的光” 给任何跟随祂的人。 在约翰福音 8:12 ,耶稣再次对他们说:“我是世界的光.跟从我的、就不在黑暗里走、必要得着生命的光。” 耶稣在告诉我们,祂是生命之光,对那些相信祂的人来说,祂就在他们里面。 因此,作为信徒,生命之光与我们在一起并且在我们里面。 凭信心接受这个真理,与光一起,在光中,并且知道光总是在我们里面。 鼓起勇气,下一次我们头上笼罩着一片带懊丧抑郁情绪的乌云时——我们只需支取这个应许,确保我们处于光明中! 基督在十字架上所作的一切已经拯救了我们,从现在直到永远。 祂的信实和祂的慈爱为我们提供了惟一可靠的信心基础,那就是,在祂里面我们将会在我们的历程和人生中看到祂的光。

劳伦﹒戴格尔 《祢说》歌词





亲爱的天父,感谢祢一直保守我们安好至今 – 祢对我们永不止息的爱是多么的宝贵。 愿我们所有人都得以藏身在祢翅膀的荫下。 我们要求更多的祢,上帝啊,只有在祢清澈的光中,我们才能看到光。 请开启我们的眼睛,好让我们今天就看到祢。 请祢挪去一切在我们生命中拦阻我们经历祢的慈爱和看到祢的信实的障碍。 我们今天就仰望祢——我们奉耶稣至宝贵的名字将所有的赞美和荣耀都归于祢。 阿门。