Tuesday, 17 November 2020
Title: Up With God! Down With His Enemies!
By: Pastor Isaac Yim

Psalm 68:1-3

The overall theme of this Psalm 68 is about the triumph of God over His enemies and His ascent to His throne.  A. Macul said, “This is a prayer for the Second Advent.” Psalm 68:1 “Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered;” is a direct quote from Numbers 10:35. In the book of Numbers, chapter 10 describes the departure of Israelites from Mount Sinai onward to the Promised Land. The Ark of the Covenant led the way as they marched. Numbers 10:35Whenever the Ark set out, Moses said, ‘Rise up, O LORD! Let Your enemies be scattered, and let those who hate You flee before You’.” (NKJV)

The message was clear and simple for both Moses in the wilderness, and David in the Promised Land. It is just too dangerous to go ahead anywhere without God’s leading.  This type of dependency on God is also appropriate for us believers today.

Covid-19 has led us into an uncharted wilderness in our lives. There are so many uncertainties. We are daily engaged on many battle fronts. Many of us feel like losing our last defence line. We are about to cave in. We become fearful, desperate and depressed. How do we fight this seemingly unending battle? May we be reminded by Psalm 68:1-3 below.

1 Up with God! Down with his enemies! Adversaries, run for the hills!

2 Gone like a puff of smoke, like a blob of wax in the fire – one look at God and the wicked vanish.

3 When the righteous see God in action they’ll laugh, they’ll sing, they’ll laugh and sing for joy.  (MSG)

May we learn to rest in God’s ability to fight these battles for us. This will show our accuser the strength of our faith. The strength of our faith is determined by the amount of faith we have in God. In the midst of our many challenges, let us practise what Paul teaches in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (TLB)

We can be thankful for what God can do in any and every situation; this gives us a sense of peace and power to face all eventualities. We need to stop fighting the battle with our own strength and abilities. By now I am sure you are exhausted and all your efforts are wasted. We need to learn from the people of God. They stood still and stood back and let God do the fighting for them. They discovered the battle was so much easier! Psalm 68:3, “When the righteous see God in action they’ll laugh, they’ll sing, they’ll laugh and sing for joy.”

The battles in our lives have robbed us of our ability to laugh, and to sing for joy. Let us exercise our faith in the Risen Saviour Jesus Christ; He is able to see us through every battle we have to face. “Anything God has ever done, he can do now. Anything God has ever done anywhere, he can do here. Anything God has ever done for anyone, he can do for You.” (A. W. Tozer on God’s power).

No matter what battle you are fighting today, put your trust completely in His almighty hands. He promises sweet rest in the midst of trouble. Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” (NKJV)

Prayer for Today

Rise up, O God and let Your enemies flee. Lord, our battles are raging! Teach us to put our total trust in You. Forgive us when we do not rely on Your truth, Your ability and Your strength. Remind us Lord, that the battle is Yours. Lord, many times these battles are self-created. We often want to go our own way. We fail to listen and obey Your Word. Our disobedience often blinded our eyes and stopped our ears from seeing and hearing the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Give us grace to learn to trust in You for everything each day. Your way, Lord,  is always the right way and the best way. Lead us Lord, our Great Shepherd.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen

每日灵粮
星期二, 2020年17日
标题:上帝兴起!祂的仇敌倒下!
作者:严以撒牧师
翻译:陈晓佩姐妹

诗篇68:1-3
诗篇68篇的整体主题是有关上帝战胜祂的仇敌并登上祂的宝座。A.Macul说 “这是一个第二次降临的祷告。” 诗篇68:1 “愿神兴起,使祂的仇敌四散,叫那恨祂的人从祂面前逃跑。” 是一个直接从民数记10:35的引述。民数记第10章描述了以色利人离开西奈山前往应许之地,约柜在前带领他们前行。民数记10:35 “约柜往前行的时候,摩西就说:『耶和华啊,求祢兴起!愿祢的仇敌四散!愿恨祢的人从祢面前逃跑!”(和合本)

无论是在旷野的摩西,还是在应许之地的大卫,所传达的信息都是清晰而简单的。没有上帝的引领,无论前去哪里都太危险了。这种对上帝的仰赖对于今天身为信徒的我们也是适用的。

新冠肺炎把我们的生活带进了一个未知的旷野里。有着太多的未知数了。我们每天都捲入许多的战线。在我们当中许多人似乎感到失去最后的防线。我们快要屈服了。我们变得恐惧、绝望并沮丧。我们该如何去打这场看来永无止境的战争?让以下的诗篇68:1-3提醒我们。
1 愿神兴起,使祂的仇敌四散,叫那恨祂的人从祂面前逃跑。
2 他们被驱逐,如烟被风吹散;如蜡被火熔化 – 看上帝一眼,恶人就消失。
3 当义人看到上帝在行动时,他们必然欢喜雀跃,他们喜乐歌唱。

愿我们学习仰赖上帝为我们争战的能力。这将向我们的控诉者证明我们的信心的力量。我们信心的力量取决于我们对上帝的信心有多少。在我们众多的挑战中,让我们实践保罗在帖撒罗你迦前书5:18的教导 “凡事谢恩;因为这是神在基督耶稣里向你们所定的旨意。”

我们可以为上帝能在任何情况所作的事来感恩;这让我们有平安并有能力去面对一切可能发生的事情。我们需要停止依靠自己的力量和才能去打这场战争。到目前为止,我肯定您已感到筋疲力尽了,您全部的努力都白费了。我们需要向上帝的子民学习。他们一动不动地靠后站着,让上帝为他们争战。他们发现这场战争轻松多了!诗篇68:3 “惟有义人必然欢喜,在神面前高兴快乐。”

我们生活里的战争已经夺去了我们欢笑和喜乐歌唱的能力。让我们操练我们对复活的救主耶稣基督的信心;祂能够带领我们度过每一场我们必须面对的战争。 “上帝曾经做过的任何事,祂现在都能做。上帝在任何地方做过的事,祂都能在这里做。上帝为任何人做过的事,祂都能为您做。”(陶恕-上帝的能力)

不论您今天在打什么样的战争,把您的信心完完全全地放在祂全能的双手。祂应许我们在困难当中有甜蜜的安息。腓立比书1:6 “我深信那在你们心里动了善工的,必成全这工,直到耶稣基督的日子。”

今日祷告
主啊,愿祢兴起,使祢的仇敌四散。主啊,我们的战争正如火如荼!教导我们完全地信靠祢。当我们不依靠祢的真理、祢的能力和祢的力量时,求赦免我们。主啊,提醒我们,这场战争是属于祢的。主啊,许多时候这些战争是我们自己造成的。我们时常偏行己路,不听从也不遵行祢的话语。我们的不顺服常常蒙蔽了我们的眼睛并掩了我们的耳朵,使我们看不见和听不到圣灵的指示。赐给我们恩典,好让我们学习每天每事都信靠祢。主啊,祢的方法,永远都是最正确、最好的。主啊,我们的伟大的牧者,请带领我们。
奉主耶稣的名。阿们。

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