Tuesday, 1 December 2020
Title: The World is in Chaos
By: Pastor Isaac Yim

Psalm 2:1-12 (Messianic Psalm)

The world is filled with rage. Cities around the world are in uproar and rampage over injustice, corruption, frustration, uncertainty etc. How should we view this chaotic situation in the world? Please, don’t turn on the news while you are eating – it will cause you indigestion. Don’t turn on the late news before you sleep – you will have insomnia. If we are not guarded, we can sink ourselves into depression and despair. Maybe it is best to be an ostrich and just stick our heads into the sand. So, how should we deal realistically when nations rage? The answer is in Psalm 2, where the Psalmist views the rebellion of the nations against God. In the Book of Acts chapter 4 verses 24-26, King David looks at the anger and the chaotic situation of his day and says that, “Though the nations have rebelled against God, He is sovereign; thus we must submit to Him while there is time.”

Psalm 2 points out three important things about the rebellious people and the sovereign God:

  1. The nations have rebelled against God (Psalm 2:1-3).
  2. But God is sovereign; He will judge the rebellious people (Psalm 2:4-9).
  3. While there is still time, repent and submit to Him (Psalm 2:10-12).

This Psalm is a Messianic Psalm about Jesus Christ. The text talks about David but prophetically it talks about the Greater David – Jesus Christ – who will restore Israel to its former glory and bring peace to the world.

We are living in a time where we are disillusioned with political leaders who are self-serving, instead of using their power and influence for the betterment of the people they lead.

1 Why are the nations so angry? Why do they waste their time with futile plans?
2 The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the Lord and against his anointed one.
3 “Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.” (Psalm 2:1-3 NLT)

The Psalmist describes the arrogance, the disobedience and the self-delusion of people in pursuit of political power, both in the past and also in our present day. The Psalmist describes the godless nations that give lip service to God but whose every action reveals pride and arrogance that is governed by selfish desires and selfish pursuit.

But the sovereign God looks down from heaven and laughs at whatever powerful earthlings try to plot. He laughs at our pathetic and childish attempts to live independent of Him. We have forgotten He is on His throne. He is sovereign God who has the last say in all things that go on in each of our lives and in the nations. Yes, God looks down and laughs and scoffs at all the so-called clever and smart plans which are independent of Him.

Psalm 2:4 which says, “But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them.”, give us a picture of a nation, and a world struggling in its own godless living. In this chaotic world, the Psalmist admonishes us to pray for our leaders to be wise, to be pure and to take shelter in Him.

“Now then, you kings, act wisely! Be warned, you rulers of the earth! Serve the LORD with reverent fear, and rejoice with trembling. Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry, and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities – for his anger flares up in an instant. But what joy for all who take refuge in him!” (Psalm 2: 10-12 NLT).

Prayer for Today

Our heavenly Father, You are worthy of all our praise. We praise You Lord Jesus, You are the Anointed One. You sit enthroned in the Heavens. You are King. All nations of the world belong to You. Our reverent fear for You bring us joy. You are worthy of our affection and adoration. You are worthy of our worship and our service.

Lord, the world despises us and have no regard for us because we love and worship You. When the world mocks us, they are mocking you. They laugh at holy living and they hate truth. They jeer at the idea of a crucified Messiah because they see it as weakness. The powerful leaders of the world have counselled together to push You out. They do it all in rage.

Lord, You are not disturbed or alarmed by puny actions. From Your heavenly throne, You laugh. Lord, we pray for all our leaders in our nations. Help them to recognise that You are the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. You will judge the nations one day.

Lord, help us to be steadfast and unmovable in the face of adversity. We thank you, You are our refuge and strength. Help us to submit to You and serve You each day of our lives.

In Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期二, 2020年12月1日
标题:世界在混乱中
作者:严以撒牧师
翻译:陈晓佩姐妹

诗篇2:1-12(弥赛亚诗篇)
这个世界充满了愤怒。世界各地的城市都在为不公正、贪腐、不满和不确定性等问题而骚动和肆虐。我们应该如何看待世界上的这种混乱局面?请不要边吃边看新闻,这会导致您消化不良;也不要在临睡前打开晚间新闻-您会失眠的。如果我们不加防备,我们会陷入沮丧和绝望中。也许最好就是做一只鸵鸟,把头埋在沙土里。那么,当列国争闹时,我们该如何切实地应对呢?答案在诗篇第二篇里,诗人看列国对上帝的反叛。在使徒行传第4章24-26节,大卫王在他的日子里所看到的愤怒并且混乱的情况时说道:“虽然列国背叛了上帝,但祂是君王,所以趁还有时间我们必须服从祂。”

诗篇第二篇指出有关叛逆的人和至高上帝的三件重要的事情:

  1. 列国背叛上帝(诗篇2:1-3)。
  2. 但上帝是至高无上的,祂必审判叛逆的百姓(诗篇2:4-9)。
  3. 趁还来得及,悔改并且顺服祂(诗篇2:10-12)。

这首诗篇是一首关于耶稣基督的弥赛亚诗篇。经文讲述大卫,但预言性地讲到有关比大卫更尊大的-耶稣基督-祂将恢复以色列昔日的荣耀,并给世界带来和平。

我们生活在一个幻灭的时代,政治领袖都自私自利,而不是运用他们的权力和影响力去给人民带来进步。

诗人描述了过去、也是现代人们在追求政治权力时的傲慢、不服从和自欺欺人。诗人描述无神论的列邦说空话地服侍上帝,但他们的一举一动都流露出被自私欲望和自私追求所支配的骄傲和傲慢。

但至高无上的上帝从天上俯视,对有权势的世人试图策划的事情发笑。祂嗤笑我们可悲并幼稚地尝试脱离祂独立生活的企图。我们忘了祂坐在祂的宝座上。祂是有主权的上帝,对于我们每一个人的生命中和万国中发生的一切事情都有最后的决定权。是的,上帝俯视着,发笑并嗤笑一切在祂以外的所谓聪明和精明的计划。

诗篇2:4 说:“那坐在天上的必发笑;主必嗤笑他们。” 这给了我们一幅有关一个国家、世界在自己不敬神的生活中挣扎活着的画面。在这个混乱的世界里,诗人告诫我们要为我们的领袖祷告,好让他们有智慧、纯正并安身在祂的蔽护下。

今日祷告
我们天上的父,祢配得我们一切的颂赞。主耶稣,我们赞美祢,祢是受膏者。祢坐在天上的宝座。祢是君王。全地列国都属于祢。我们对祢的敬畏带给我们喜乐。祢配受我们的爱慕和崇敬。祢配得我们的敬拜和服侍。

主啊,世界鄙视我们且不尊重我们,因为我们爱祢和敬拜祢。当世界嘲笑我们时,他们是嘲笑祢。他们对圣洁的生活发笑并讨厌真理。他们讥讽被钉死的弥赛亚因为他们看此为懦弱。全世界有权势的领袖已经商议要把祢剔除。他们都在愤怒中如此做。

主啊,祢不会被这些微不足道的行为搅扰或惊慌。从祢天上的宝座,祢发笑了。主啊,我们为列国的所有领袖祷告,帮助他们认识祢是万王之王和万主之主。有一天祢将会审判万民。

主啊,求帮助我们在逆境中坚定不移。我们感谢祢,祢是我们的避难所和力量。帮助我们顺服祢,并在我们每天的生活中事奉祢。

奉主耶稣尊大的名。阿们。

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