Monday 2nd November 2020
Sleeping in Peace and Safety
Pastor Soong Kok Kee

Psalm 4:8
I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Bible students have widely recognised that Psalm 4 is closely connected with Psalm 3 after David had fled from his palace and was sought by enemies led by no other than his own son Absalom (2 Sam. 15-18)! In such an environment and circumstance, David could say “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” True joy and peace depend not on environment or circumstances but on God’s protection and provisions.

I just heard the news that our Health director-general wakes up in the middle of the night, worrying about how to ease the rise of Covid 19 cases. Not only him, he said many of our front liners comprising doctors, nurses and volunteers have worked without sleep and rest the past 9 months and have had to take sleeping pills in order to sleep. All of them truly deserve a salute of gratitude from all of us.

Yes, anxiety and worry keep all of us awake. Newspaper headlines like “Food outlets struggling to stay afloat in pandemic”, “Eateries crying out for help”, “Packed kopitiam now empty”, “Hawkers in Ipoh hope they won’t have to close shop”, “Eateries along once-busy Little India hard hit,” portray only a small part of the current situation of the food business. Many other businesses have closed down and thousands have lost their jobs because of that. Rentals or instalments of shops and houses have to be paid, as well as children’s school fees, utilities and endless other commitments – how not to worry? Who is not worried?

During World War II, an elderly woman in England endured the nerve- shattering bombings with amazing calm and serenity. When asked the secret of her calmness amid the terror and danger, she said “Well, every night I say my prayers before I sleep. And I know God is always watching over me, so I go peacefully to sleep. After all, there is no need for both of us to stay awake!” Such faith and trust from this dear old lady!

Yes, my dear brothers and sisters, lay all our anxieties, worries and problems at the feet of our Lord Jesus Christ and once we have laid them all at His feet, let us not carry them anymore – our health, our children or love ones living or studying overseas, our job, our career, our livelihood, our mounting bills – lay them all at His feet – knowing for sure He will take care of them in His own way, in His own time.

A lorry driver once saw an old lady carrying two baskets filled with vegetables at both ends of a staff on her shoulders. Out of kindness and compassion, he offered her a ride. After a while he saw from his rear mirror that she was still standing and carrying those two baskets! Let us not be like this poor old lady, still carrying her own baskets at the back of the lorry!!

If David can sleep in peace and safety in the midst of his enemies, so can we in the midst of this pandemic. Our Lord will see us through this pandemic somehow – in His own way, in His own time. Every night before we sleep, let us pray and then go to sleep in peace and safety – sweet dreams!

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, we have never seen something like this happen in our lifetime. Help us not to be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present our requests to you. And we know Lord that your peace which transcends all understanding, will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. ( Phil 4:6-7 ) In your precious name we pray, AMEN.

每日灵粮
星期一,2020年11月2日
标题:平安并安然入睡
讲员:宋国基牧师
翻译:郑振隆弟兄

【诗4:8】我必平安地躺下睡觉,因为独有你-耶和华使我安然居住。

圣经学者们已经广泛地承认,诗篇第四篇与诗篇第三篇是紧密连接的。大卫在自己的儿子押沙龙带领的敌人的追捕之下,逃离他的王宫。【撒下第15章到第18章】! 在这样的环境和情况下,大卫还可以说:”我必平安地躺下睡觉,因为独有你-耶和华使我安然居住“。真正的喜乐与平安不取决于环境或情况,而取决于上帝的保护和供应。

我刚听到消息说, 我国的卫生总监因担心如何能缓解国内节节上升的新冠肺炎大流感疫情病例,而在半夜从睡梦醒来。他说,不仅是他,许多前线人员,包括医生、护士和志愿者在过去的九个月里不眠不休地工作,他们不得不服用安眠药,以便能入睡。他们都是配得我们所有人以感激致敬的。

是的,焦虑和担忧让我们所有人都睡不着觉。报纸头条,如 “饮食店在大流行感中挣扎生存”、”餐馆呼救”、”爆满的咖啡厅如今空无一人”、”怡保的小贩们希望他们不必关闭”、”曾经繁忙的小印度之餐馆受到严重打击”,只描绘了一小部分食品行业的目前状况。许多其他企业已经倒闭了,数千人因此失去了工作。需要支付商店和房屋的租金或分期付款,以及孩子的学费、水电费和无休止的其他的承付——叫人如何能不担心呢? 谁会不担心呢?

第二次世界大战期间,英国有一名老年妇女以惊人的镇定与宁静承受了令人震惊的轰炸。当被问及她在恐怖和危险中保持镇定的秘密时,她说:“嗯,每天晚上,我睡前都要祈祷。而且我知道上帝一直都在看顾着我,所以我可以安然入梦。毕竟,我们没有必要双方都保持清醒不睡!” 来自这位亲爱的老妇人这般的信念和信任!

是的,亲爱的兄弟姐妹们,将我们所有的焦虑、担忧和问题卸在我们主耶稣基督的脚前,一旦我们将它们全部卸在基督脚前,就不要再背负它们了-—我们的健康、我们的孩子或所爱的人,无论在海外生活或留学、我们的工作、我们的职业、我们的生计,越来越多的账单-—全部卸在祂的脚前-—确信祂会在自己的时间以自己的方式处理好这一切。

一名卡车司机曾经看到一位老妇人,肩上的扁担挑着两个装满了蔬菜的篮子。出于仁慈和同情,他载了她一程。过了一会儿,他从后视镜上看到她仍然站着,且仍挑着那两个篮子!让我们不要像这个可怜的老妇人,虽然上了卡车却仍然挑着两个篮子!

如果大卫能够在敌人中享平安并安然入睡,那么在这场新冠肺炎大流感疫情中我们也可以如此。我们的主总会以自己的方式,在自己的时间帮助我们渡过这一新冠肺炎大流感疫情。每天晚上,在我们入睡之前,让我们祈祷,然后在安全与平安的环境中入睡–美梦!

祷告:
亲爱的主,我们一生中从未见过这样的事情。帮助我们一无挂虑,只要凡事藉着祷告、祈求和感谢,将我们所要的告诉祢;我们知道,祢所赐那超越人所能了解的平安,必在基督耶稣里,保守我们的心怀意念。(腓4:6-7)奉祢宝贵名祷告,阿们。

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