Tuesday, 8 December 2020
Title: The Lord Reigns
By: Pastor Isaac Yim
Psalms 22:27 -28 (A Messianic Psalm)
The whole earth will acknowledge the Lord and return to him. All the families of the nations will bow down before him. For the royal power belongs to the Lord. He rules all the nations. (Psalm 22:27-28 NLT)
Psalm 22:27-28 are prophesies that the kingdom of God shall spread over all the world; the nations shall submit to the rule of Christ who is the king in the kingdom of God. The Gospel shall be preached to every nation under heaven and to all the families of the nations. Jesus says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus came to be the Saviour of the world, and not just for the Jews only. He came specially for you.
In reference to the word “acknowledge” – or “remember” – the people of the world will acknowledge and remember their past disobedience and rebellious ways towards God. This is just like the prodigal son who acknowledges his life in the pig-style but he also remembers his father at home. He then got up and returned to his loving father. Oh, it is so easy to forget the gracious words and glorious work of Christ, what He did and how He sacrificed for us. The Salvation of God is so great; it awakens the unbelieving world of its ingratitude towards the loving God. The Psalmist looks forward to the day when the nations will return to Him. Paul also anticipates that day when every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord. That glorious day is coming soon. This is what the apostle John saw in his vision, recorded in Revelation 7:9-12 (NLT) below:
9 After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. 10 And they were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God. 12 They sang, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honour and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
Psalm 22:27 declares, “The nations will bow down (worship) before him.” Now is the best time to just bow before the living God, our Lord Jesus Christ, and worship Him. As a personal reflection, “Who is Jesus to you?” …. Pause…. Think about how Jesus has led you this far. Think about your relationship with Jesus; in the past, right now and for the future…. Pause.
This process will lead you to worship Him, to adore Him. This is the climax of worship, which is to give God all praise and glory. I encourage you to do this daily. “Adoration of God is the instinct, the obligation and the satisfaction of souls.” (U. R. Thomas)
Prayer For Today
Lord, You are perfect, holy, majestic and worthy of all our praise. Help me to focus on Your glory, faithfulness, and love as I bring my requests to You. Lord, before I pray, You already know everything about me – my failures, shortcomings, insecurities, besetting sins and fears. You know from the beginning to the end; as well as my final destination. I know You will be able to get me there from where I am now, to where You want me to be. Thank you, Lord, I can totally depend on You one step at a time till I reach the destination You want me to go. Thank you for Your faithful daily guidance. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
诗篇22-27-28 是上帝的国将会遍布全世界的预言；基督在上帝的国度里作王，列国将会归顺基督的统治。福音将会传遍天下直到列国的所有家庭。耶稣在约翰福音3:16说：“神爱世人，甚至将祂的独生子赐给他们，叫一切信祂的，不至灭亡，反得永生。” 耶稣来是要成为世界的救主，不单是为犹太人。祂特别为您而来。
在提到“承认”或“想念”这个词时，世人会承认并记得他们过去对上帝的不顺服和叛逆。这就像浪子承认他如猪一般方式的生活，但是他也想念在家的父亲；然后他起来回到他慈爱的父亲身边。啊，我们很容易忘记基督仁慈的话语和荣耀的工作 － 祂所作的并祂如何为我们而牺牲。上帝的救恩是那么的伟大；它唤醒了不信的世界，使其意识到对慈爱上帝的忘恩负义。诗人期盼列国都归向祂的那一天。保罗也期待那一天，万膝都跪拜、万口都承认耶稣是主。那荣耀的一天会很快到来。这就是使徒约翰在他的异象里所看到的，记载在启示录7:9-12（和合本）如下：
9 此后，我观看，见有许多的人，没有人能数过来，是从各国、各族、各民、各方来的，站在宝座和羔羊面前，身穿白衣，手拿棕树枝，10 大声喊着说：
11 众天使都站在宝座和众长老并四活物的周围，在宝座前，面伏于地，敬拜神，12 说：
诗篇22:27 宣称，“列国的万族，都要在祂面前跪拜（敬拜）。” 现在正是向永生神，我们的主耶稣基督屈膝的最佳时机。作为个人反省，“耶稣对您来说是谁？”… 停顿…想想耶稣如何带领您至今。想想您和耶稣的关系；在过去、现在和未来…停顿。