Sunday, 22 November 2020
Title: Wait for the Lord
By Abraham Verghese 亚伯拉罕·韦尔盖塞​

Psalm 130

Psalm 130 is one of seven penitential psalms in the Bible. (Psalms 6; 32; 38; 51; 102; 130; 143) These are psalms which express sorrow for sin and ask for God’s forgiveness for sin. Martin Luther said these were his favourite psalms for, in his own words, “They teach us that the forgiveness of sins is granted without the law and without works.” The psalm is a call for help, a cry for forgiveness, and it is all about waiting for the Lord in hope.

Prayerfully read Psalm 130. For context read Psalm 129 which is about persevering through pain.

Psalm 130 is also one of the most encouraging and compelling Psalms regarding our true status before God and the perfect redemption that He alone provides. The Psalmist is calling to God out of the depths. Are we not likely to cry out to God (even though such crying out may not seem “modern”) only when we are laid low than when life is smooth flowing or high? Well, crying out to our God is what we should do because no one else has the power and love to pull us out from the depths. You may get the momentary uplift by having ice cream, cheese cake, buying a new dress, going on a holiday, massage, consuming narcotics, listening to whatever type of music you like or whatever else pleases your eyes, tongue, ears, nose and skin. Yes, momentary uplifts only. Why does God use His power and love to pull us out from the depths? Are we more worthy than others? No, the Psalmist says that if the Lord should mark iniquities who could stand? That’s a love we know little about, love that we do not deserve. Knowing this, the Psalmist waits for the Lord more than the watchman waits for the morning.

Waiting? No one likes to wait, and yet life is full of waiting. Waiting for friends. Waiting on answers to our questions. Waiting at traffic lights. Waiting for the end of your day’s work. Waiting for family members who never seem to be on time. Waiting on medical results. Waiting.

Psalm 130 is a psalm about waiting. As we mentioned earlier, it is one of the psalms of trust, yet it begins as a psalm of trouble. The psalmist is crying out to the Lord from a place of deep pain and distress. Psalm 130 is all about waiting on the Lord. But the focus is not on waiting through the pain. It is about waiting in hope, which is what makes it one of the psalms of trust.

Psalm 130 has a simple yet profound message for us today. Those who wait on the Lord wait in hope. We don’t wait in desperation or despair. Those who wait on the Lord wait in hope. This psalm tells us three things about waiting on the Lord. 1) Cry to the Lord for mercy. 2) Wait for the Lord with hope or expectantly. And 3) Put your hope in the Lord. Let’s look at one of three – Wait for the Lord with hope or expectantly.

Wait for the Lord with hope (5-6)
Let’s consider waiting for the Lord with hope or expectantly – the psalmist has prayed his prayer, he has cried out to the Lord for mercy, and now he waits expectantly for God to answer.

Our hope is in God’s word
Our hope is in God’s word. Look at verse 5: “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.” (Psalm 130:5) We are not just waiting for help, but we are waiting for the Lord himself, and our hope is based on God’s word.
Don’t base your hope on our feelings or our circumstances, but base our hope fully on the word of God. Trust God’s promises to you in Scripture. When we put our hope in the Lord and in his word, we may wait for the Lord with hope. We should be able to pray like David did in Psalm 5:3 when he wrote: “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”
When we have been forgiven in Christ, we have a future. We can have confidence that God is there for us and will be there for us. Our hope is in God’s word.

“More than watchmen wait for the morning”
In verse 6: “My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.” It’s the picture of watchmen waiting for the break of day, looking forward to the end of their shift – waiting, expecting and anticipating.
The word “wait” is repeated – poetic emphasis. A night watchman looks forward to the morning. The nights maybe long and sometimes seem longer than other nights – illogical but sometimes that is how we feel when in the depths. Morning will come every time. Verse 6 presents to us both the sense of longing and waiting along with the certainty that the morning will arrive.
Psalm 126: 5 states “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy”.
The psalmist’s hope is in God’s word. His hope is in God’s promise to rescue and deliver him. He is like a watchman waiting through the long stretches of the night for the morning to come. The night is real, the night is dark, and the night is long, but he has no doubt that the morning will come, and so he waits expectantly.

The message of the Gospel to everyone is: Hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with Him is plentiful redemption. We should so tremendously thankful to God for the complete redemption He provides, and the daily help to get through the circumstances of life.

Pray today that we shall wait patiently in and with hope in the Lord and experience His steadfast love and plentiful redemption.

每日灵粮
星期日,2020年11月22日
题目:等候耶和华
作者:亚伯拉罕·韦尔盖塞
翻译:杨仕涵弟兄

诗篇130

诗篇130是圣经诗篇中七篇哀歌之一(诗篇6、32、38、51、102、130和143)。这些诗篇表达对罪的悲伤,并祈求上帝对罪的饶恕。马丁·路德(Martin Luther)提到,他最喜爱这类诗篇,他说,“这些诗篇教导我们,罪得赦免不是靠着律法和行为”。诗篇130是一首寻求帮助的呼唤,求饶恕的呼喊,而这一切都是关乎以盼望等待主。

以祈祷的心阅读诗篇130。可以阅读诗篇129了解一些背景,关于忍受痛苦。

关于我们在上帝面前的真实地位以及祂自己所提供的完全救赎,诗篇130也是最鼓励人、激励人的诗篇之一。诗篇的作者从低谷中呼唤上帝。我们难道不是只有处于低落状态时才呼求(即使呼求不显得“现代”)上帝,过于当我们生活顺畅或高潮时吗?其实,向我们的上帝呼求是我们应该做的,因为没有其他人有能力和爱心将我们从深渊中拉出来。吃冰淇淋,芝士蛋糕,买新衣服,度假,按摩,吃药(或滥用毒品),听自己喜欢的音乐或让眼睛,舌头,耳朵,鼻子和皮肤感到舒服的任何事物等,只可能暂时舒缓心情而已。上帝为何要使用祂的能力和爱心将我们从深渊中拉出来呢?我们比别人更有价值吗?不,诗人说,上帝若究察罪孽,谁能站得住呢?这是我们不能测透的爱,是我们不配得到的爱。知道了这一点,诗人的心等候主,胜于守夜的等候天亮。

等待?没人喜爱等待,但我们的一生都在等待。等待朋友、等待我们问题的答案、等待交通灯变绿、等待工作下班时间、等待从不准时的家庭成员、等待医疗报告,等待。

诗篇130是一首关于等待的诗篇。正如我们前面提到的,诗篇130也是关于信靠的诗篇之一,诗篇以痛苦为开始。诗人从痛苦和苦难处呼求耶和华。诗篇130是关于等待主。但重点不是在痛苦中无方向的等,而是以盼望等待,因此成为了关于信靠的诗篇之一。

诗篇130今天对我们有一个简单而深厚的信息。那些等待主的人以盼望等待。我们不是在绝望之中等待。那些等待主的人充满盼望。这篇诗篇告诉我们关于等待主的三件事。 1)求主施怜悯。 2)带着盼望或期待地等待主。 3)把盼望基于我们的主。让我们看 – 2)带着盼望或期待地等待主。

以盼望等候主(5 – 6 节)
我看细看“以盼望等候主” – 诗人已经祈求上帝施怜悯,他如今期待上帝的回复。

我们的盼望基于上帝的道
我们的盼望基于上帝的道,我们看诗篇130:5:“我等候耶和华,我的心等候,我也仰望他的话。”我们不但等候帮助,而是等候主自己,我们的盼望基于上帝的道。

不要把我们的盼望基于感觉或现状,乃要完全基于上帝的话。信靠上帝在圣经中启示的应许。当我们把盼望建立在主自己和祂的道上,我们能有盼望等候主。我们应该能够像大卫如诗篇5:3祷告,:“耶和华啊,早晨你必听我的声音;早晨我必向你陈明我的心意,并要警醒。”当基督赦免了我们的罪,我们就有了未来。我们能有信心,上帝必与帮助我们,也必与我们同在。我们的盼望建立在上帝的话。

“胜于守夜的等候天亮”
诗篇130:6“我的心等候主,胜于守夜的等候天亮,胜于守夜的等候天亮”。 这是守夜者等待早晨,期待夜班结束的图片,等待、期待、期望。重复“等候”一词是强调诗意的方式。守夜人期待着早晨的临到。夜晚漫长,有些夜晚甚至可能比其他夜晚更长,这是不合逻辑的,但有时这就是我们在低处时的感觉。每天都会有早晨。诗篇130:6向我们表达了渴望和等待的感觉,以及早晨必定来临的确定性。诗篇126:5写到:“流泪撒种的,必欢呼收割”。

诗人的盼望基于上帝的话。他的盼望建立在上帝会拯救和释放他的应许上。他就像守夜者,在漫长的夜晚里等候早晨的来临。夜晚是真实的,夜晚是黑暗的,夜晚也很漫长,但诗人确信明天会来到,所以他期待地等候。

福音的信息就是:当仰望耶和华,因祂有慈爱,有丰盛的救恩。我们应当向上帝极大的感谢,感谢祂供应完全的救赎,以及在种种的情况能够度过每日的帮助。

我们今天应当祷告,使我们以耐心和盼望仰望耶和华,并经历祂的慈爱和丰盛的救恩。

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