Wednesday, 11th November 2020
Title: I Will Sing Praises to You
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong
Psalm 57: 7 -11
7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody!
8 Awake, my glory! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn!
9 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations.
10 For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!
God loves grateful hearts and delights in our praise and thanksgiving. As believers, we know that one of the innermost secrets of walking with Christ is an attitude of gratitude and praise that originated from humble hearts and trust in God. The manner of gratefulness is reflected in King David’s many psalms. Psalm 57: 9 says, “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations.” King David’s heart is filled with thankfulness especially through God’s deliverance from the evil hands of King Saul (I Samuel 22 – 24).
Psalm 57: 7 should also be another heart posture of every Christian — the trait to remain; “steadfastness: a determination to go forward when uncertainty and fear are threatening ahead.” David’s heart was fixed on God while being hunted by King Saul. David was steadfast in his faith and trust in the Lord. He knew it was all under God’s sovereign power and control.
As believers, we need the same steadfast faith in what we face each day and each season of our lives. When we hear of a fearful prognosis from a doctor about our health or of our loved ones, we will not doubt God or even shake our fists and blame our Heavenly Father. Even if a job is lost or a business bankrupted, and the fear of a financial loss seems imminent, God is still good and to be trusted. When we are surrounded by many unknown “what if’s”, God is still on His throne. Our faith and trust should not waiver.
Believers whose hearts are secure and anchored in the Lord will survive and prosper even in the midst of a frightening future when everything appears bleak and uncertain. Their hearts will not surrender to the external circumstances but be firmly grounded with hope on the basis of what God has done, and will continue to do in their lives. Being firm in our convictions and trust in God’s promises will guide and carry us through the unknown tomorrow. Our hearts will be encouraged and we can still sing praises to the One that will get us through every “unknown” situation and the unforeseeable future!
“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:28-31)
Dear Heavenly Father,
We are thankful for Your mercy that is new every morning. We are thankful for Your living word that cautions us about leaning not on our own understanding but invites us to trust in You wholeheartedly. Lord, as we cultivate the habit of giving thanks and singing praises, we pray that Your Holy Spirit will help us to develop a consistent attitude of gratitude and help us not to be discouraged when life takes a toll on us. Help us, O Lord, to be the people with thankful hearts continuing to trust in Your faithfulness and praising Your Mighty Name. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
上帝喜爱感恩的心，喜悦我们的赞美和感恩。作为信徒，我们知道与基督同行最深入秘诀之一就是感恩和赞美的态度，这种态度源自谦卑的心和对上帝的倚靠。大卫王的许多诗篇中反映了这感恩的态度。诗篇57:9 “主阿、我要在万民中称谢你、在列邦中歌颂你。” 大卫王的心中充满了感恩之情，尤其是透过上帝的拯救他得以脱离扫罗王邪恶的手。
作为信徒，我们需要同样坚定的信心来面对我们生命中的每一天和每一个季节。当我们从医生得知关于我们或我们所爱的人的可怕健康预后时，我们不会怀疑上帝，甚或不会挥动我们的拳头来埋怨我们的天父。即便已失业或生意破产，经济损失的恐惧似乎迫在眉睫，上帝依然是良善和可倚靠的。当我们被许多未知的 “如果” 包围时，上帝仍然在祂的宝座上。我们不应该放弃我们的信心和倚靠的心。
心稳实并锚定于主的信徒，即使处于一个一切都显得黯淡和不确定的可怕未来时，亦会存活且兴旺。他们的心不会屈服于外在境遇，却会以上帝在他们生命中所作的一切并将会继续作的为基础，坚决地抱着盼望。坚定的信念并信靠上帝的应许将指引和带领我们度过未知的明天。我们的心会受到鼓舞，我们仍然可以向会帮助我们度过每一个 “未知” 境遇和不可预见的未来的那位唱颂歌。