Wednesday, 2nd December 2020
Title: Praise the Lord!
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong

Psalm 147:1-11
1 Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
2 The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
4 He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.
5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.
6 The LORD lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.
7 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre!
8 He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills.
9 He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry.
10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
11 but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.

God created this world and continues to sustain it with His mighty power. He is so good in so many ways, but sad to say many of us took His grace and love for granted. The unseen hands of God that have upheld and blessed us are beyond our imagination. He planned and provided all that is needed in life for all of His creation. However, we take every blessing of God bestowed upon us for granted – our very existence and our everyday needs such as our provision, safety, health, family, and many others. Such an attitude would cause us to neglect in praising and worshipping HIM, as well as in our daily prayers.

In response to the expert in the Jewish law, our Lord Jesus told him that the greatest commandment of all is to “…love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and the greatest commandment. – (Matthew 22:36-40)”. Without a heart of adoration to express our affection through worship and praise to God, how can we say to our God that we truly love Him? Often we thought that piety rendered to God ought to be expressed by our strength, talent, performance and skill. However, the Psalmist simply tells us in verse 10 -11 “His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.”

Similarly a simple acronym can act as a guide for our prayer – A.C.T.S (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication). Not only does this acronym remind us of the elements of prayer, it also shows us the priority we ought to give in each item. The first element of prayer should be ADORATION (Praise). Genuine adoration and praise to God arising from our heart and soul enable us to recognize who God is, who we are in this relationship with Him, and to appreciate what HE had done for us and in us. This will help us to grow deeper in Love with Him and to strengthen our faith in understanding His will as we bring forth our supplication to Him. When we spend more and more of our time in adoration and praise, we will increase our delight in prayer. We would learn to humble ourselves and recognize that everything is from Him. There is nothing for us to boast nor do we take pride in our own strength and ability even in serving Him. Next, we would then confess our sins before our Righteous God as we begin to see God and ourselves in the correct perspective. Finally, this will lead us to give thanks for how the ALMighty God would go out of His way to care for us and to pour out His love to us who are merely a puny human in His sight.

Prayer:
Dear God, our Heavenly Father, we thank you and praise you for who you are. Keep us from falling into the sin of taking You for granted. We pray that you will take captive our thoughts and understanding, and will take control of our hearts and fill them with Your truth, O Lord. Give us self-control to always accept Your will for our lives, and to put the concerns of others before our own interests. Grant peace to the bereaved, healing to the sick and courage to the weak. Give us boldness to go out and share the Good News to those who have yet to know You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期三, 2020年12月2日
标题:赞美主!
作者:王振威传道
翻译:陈健萍姐妹

【诗篇147:1-11】
1 你们要赞美耶和华、因歌颂我们的 神为善为美.赞美的话是合宜的。
2 耶和华建造耶路撒冷、聚集以色列中被赶散的人。
3 他医好伤心的人、裹好他们的伤处。
4 他数点星宿的数目、一一称他的名。
5 我们的主为大、最有能力.他的智慧、无法测度。
6 耶和华扶持谦卑人、将恶人倾覆于地。
7 你们要以感谢向耶和华歌唱、用琴向我们的 神歌颂。
8 他用云遮天。为地降雨、使草生长在山上。
9 他赐食给走兽、和啼叫的小乌鸦。
10 他不喜悦马的力大、不喜爱人的腿快。
11 耶和华喜爱敬畏他、和盼望他慈爱的人。

上帝创造了这个世界,并继续用祂的大能维持这个世界。祂在很多方面都那么美善,但遗憾的是,我们很多人都把祂的恩典和爱视为理所当然。上帝那双看不见的手一直支持和祝福着我们,远超出了我们的想象。祂为祂所有的创造,计划并提供了生活上所需的一切。然而,我们认为上帝赐予我们的每一个祝福都是理所当然的–我们的存在,并我们的日常需求,例如我们的供应、安全、健康、家庭以及许多其他方面的。这种态度会令我们忽视对祂的赞美和敬拜,也忽视我们日常的祈祷。

在回应犹太律法专家时,我们的主耶稣告诉他,最大的诫命是 “…你要尽心、尽性、尽意爱主你的神。这是诫命中的第一,且是最大的。-(马太福音22:36-40)” 没有一颗崇敬的心来表达我们对上帝的敬拜和赞美,我们怎么能对我们的上帝说我们真的爱祂呢?我们常常认为,对上帝的虔信应该是通过我们的长处、才华、表现和技巧来表达。然而,诗人在第10-11节仅告诉我们:“他不喜悦马的力大、不喜爱人的腿快。耶和华喜爱敬畏他、和盼望他慈爱的人。”

同样地,仅一个简单的首字母缩略词可以作为我们祷告的指南–A.C.T.S(崇拜、认罪、感恩和祈求)。这个首字母缩略词不仅提醒我们祈祷的要素,而且也向我们展示了我们在每一个项目中应该给予的优先考虑。祈祷的第一要素应该是崇拜(赞美)。发自我们心灵对上帝真诚的敬拜和赞美使我们认识到上帝是谁、在与祂的关系中我们是谁,并感激祂为我们且在我们内里所作的一切。这将帮助我们更深地爱祂,并在我们向祂表达我们的祈求时,坚定我们明白祂的旨意的信心。我们越花更多的时间在崇拜和赞美上,我们就越以祷告为乐。我们将学会谦卑自己,并认识到一切都是从祂而来。我们没有什么可夸耀的,我们也不以自己的长处和才能感到自豪,即便在事奉祂的时候也是如此。接下来,当我们开始以正确的角度看待上帝和我们自己时,我们会在公义的上帝面前承认我们的罪。最后,这将引导我们感谢全能的上帝如何费尽心思、不厌其烦地眷顾我们,并向我们这些在祂眼中只是一个弱小的人倾注祂的爱。

祈祷:
亲爱的上帝,我们的天父,我们感谢赞美祢,因祢是上帝。求祢保守我们不陷入视祢为理所当然的罪中。主啊,我们祈求祢掌控我们的思想和认知,掌管并以祢的真理充满我们的心。求祢赐予我们自制,让我们永远接受祢对我们生命的旨意,并把他人的关切放在自己的利益之上。求祢赐平安给丧亲的人,赐康健给患病的人,赐勇气给软弱的人。求祢赐我们胆量走出去,将福音的好消息告诉那些还未认识祢的人。我们奉耶稣的名祈祷。阿门。

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