Wednesday, 18th November 2020
Title: Consider the steadfast love of the LORD
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong

Psalm 107: 1 – 9, 43
1 Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble
3 and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
4 Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in;
5 hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.
6 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.
7 He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in.
8 Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!
9 For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
43 Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD.

A few more weeks from now, we will enter into the new year of 2021. Reflecting back on this year, I could not help but consider 2020 as a long and worrisome year for many people. The pandemic and many other unexpected situations in the world dominated the headlines — there have been violent protests, droughts, wildfires, floods, storms, and earthquakes, just to name a few. Close to home, several beloved friends and family members were facing health challenges and some have gone home to be with the Lord. However, God is still in control. Intercessory prayers have been answered with many wonderful healings, and recoveries reported. Businesses and job positions have been protected during this uncertain time. New pregnancies have been announced; new venture in life and amazing reconciliation in family have also taken place. Last but not least, several seekers have come to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

In Psalm 107, the psalmist recalls how God redeemed His people from various situations and difficulties. He is calling us to remember God’s goodness to His people; His goodness and His love towards the redeemed. The psalmist reminds us that God is faithful and trustworthy — a sure foundation for us to stand upon. Verse 43 said, “Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD.” All who are truly wise will meditate, acknowledge, and remember the goodness of God, and will treasure up in their hearts the essence of God’s promises. He will be fully assured by God’s steadfast love.

Verse 1, “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.” And in verse 9, “For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul He fills with good things.” The Lord is full of mercy and compassion and will always hear the cry of his own people, no matter where or when we cry out to Him. He is always mindful of those who seek Him and depend on Him, and those who wait upon Him will surely be satisfied.

We do not know what the year 2021 will bring. However, should this pandemic be prolonged beyond 2020, it will appear brief when compared with God’s bountiful blessings, and the year 2020 will soon be forgotten by most of us. We need to devote ourselves and genuinely seek Him and live for His name’s sake, for God alone and His glory will last forever. For this reason, we can rejoice and testify His great love through Jesus to our friends and people around us who have yet to know Him.

Prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father,
It is with great joy that we have come to You and acknowledged that You have given us all things by Your steadfast love, especially when You gave Your one and only Son – Jesus Christ. Thank you for loving us and making a way for us to be forgiven of our wrong-doing and sins through faith in Christ Jesus. Thank You for the Holy Spirit and the spiritual blessings we received on a daily basis. Thank You Abba Father for our family, friends and the love we share with each other.
We pray in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期三, 2020年11月18日
标题:思想耶和华的慈爱
作者:王振威传道
翻译:陈健萍姐妹

【诗篇107:1-9,43】
1 你们要称谢耶和华、因他本为善.他的慈爱、永远长存。
2 愿耶和华的赎民说这话、就是他从敌人手中所救赎的、
3 从各地、从东从西、从南从北、所招聚来的。
4 他们在旷野荒地漂流、寻不见可住的城邑.
5 又饥又渴、心里发昏。
6 于是他们在苦难中哀求耶和华、他从他们的祸患中搭救他们.
7 又领他们行走直路、使他们往可居住的城邑。
8 但愿人因耶和华的慈爱、和他向人所行的奇事、都称赞他。
9 因他使心里渴慕的人、得以知足、使心里饥饿的人、得饱美物。
43 凡有智慧的、必在这些事上留心.也必思想耶和华的慈爱。

再过数周,我们将进入2021年的新一年。回顾这一年,我不禁想到2020年对许多人来说是漫长且令人担忧的一年。这场流行病和世界上许多其他意想不到的情况占据了新闻头条–暴力抗议、干旱、野火、洪水、风暴和地震,仅举数例。让我有切身感受的,数位挚爱的朋友和家人正面临着健康的挑战,一些则已经回天家与主在一起了。然而,上帝仍然掌管着一切。代祷得到了许多奇妙的疗愈回应,也有告知康复的。在这段不明朗的时期,企业和工作岗位受到了保护。新妊娠的报喜、生活中的新尝试和令人惊喜的家庭和解也已经发生了。最后但同样重要的是,一些慕道者已经接受耶稣基督为他们的主和救主。

在诗篇107,诗人回忆上帝如何将祂的子民从各种情况和困难中救赎出来。他呼召我们要记得上帝对祂的子民的良善,以及祂向被救赎之民所施的恩惠与慈爱。诗篇作者提醒我们,上帝是信实和可倚靠的–这是立足的坚实基础。第43节:“凡有智慧的、必在这些事上留心.也必思想耶和华的慈爱。” 所有真正有智慧的人都会默想、承认并谨记上帝的良善,并且会在心中珍藏上帝应许的实质。上帝坚定不移的慈爱会让他完全宽怀。

第1节:“你们要称谢耶和华、因他本为善.他的慈爱、永远长存。” 和第9节:“因他使心里渴慕的人、得以知足、使心里饥饿的人、得饱美物。” 主充满怜悯和仁慈,无论我们何时何地向祂呼求,祂都会垂听属祂子民的呼求。祂常记念那些寻求祂、倚靠祂的人,服侍祂的人必定会心满意足。

我们不知道2021年会带来什么。然而,若这场流行病持续到2020年以后,与上帝丰盛的祝福相比,它将显得短暂,而2020年很快就会被我们大多数人遗忘。我们需要全身心投入,真诚地寻找祂,为祂的名而活,因为惟独上帝以及祂的荣耀才会永远长存。因此,我们可以欢欣地藉着耶稣向我们的朋友和周围尚未认识祂的人见证祂的大爱。

祷告:
亲爱的天父,
我们怀着极大的喜乐到祢跟前,承认祢以坚定不移的爱赐给了我们一切,特别是当祢赐下祢惟一的儿子-耶稣基督的时候。感谢祢爱我们,让我们藉着对基督耶稣的信心,为我们提供了过犯和罪愆得赦免的方法。感谢祢赐予我们圣灵和我们每天所得到的灵里的祝福。阿爸父,我们为我们的家人、朋友和彼此间的爱感谢祢。
我们奉耶稣的圣名祈祷。阿门。

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