Friday, 25 December, 2020
Title: The Lord is Come. The Saviour Reigns. Wonders of His Love
By: Ps Cheng Cheung

Psalm 9: 11 Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion!
Declare His deeds among the people.

Last week Ps Isaac shared some thoughts on Psalm 98 and how various themes in the Psalms inspired the composer of “Joy to the Word.” to write that carol. Today, I want to share some insights on Psalm 9, and how it bears some resemblance to Psalm 98.

One of the themes in both Psalms revolve around the Messiah’s Coming and His deeds and the Messiah’s Kingdom.

For example Psalm 98: 1
For He has done m͟a͟r͟v͟e͟l͟l͟o͟u͟s͟ t͟h͟i͟n͟g͟s͟
His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.

Similarly, Psalm 9: 1 and 2 reads
I will tell of all Your m͟a͟r͟v͟e͟l͟l͟o͟u͟s͟ w͟o͟r͟k͟s͟ …
When my enemies turn back,
They shall fall and perish at Your presence.

Then, v 2 of Psalm 98 speaks of God’s mercy and His righteousness and the ends of the earth has seen the s͟a͟l͟v͟a͟t͟i͟o͟n͟ o͟f͟ G͟o͟d͟ . This is echoed in Psalm 9 where the psalmist exalts God because He has not forsaken those who seek Him. Those who know His name will trust in Him and rejoice in G͟o͟d͟’s s͟a͟l͟v͟a͟t͟i͟o͟n͟. Both are references to God’s coming salvation plan through Jesus. He now lives in born-again hearts because He came at Christmas, lived, died on the cross, rose again, and was exalted to the right hand of the Father as Saviour and King.

Thirdly, there is a picture in both Psalms that God will ultimately sit as the righteous judge over all the peoples of the earth when He returns to usher in His e͟v͟e͟r͟l͟a͟s͟t͟i͟n͟g͟ k͟i͟n͟g͟d͟o͟m͟. This is very clearly spelt out in v 9 of Psalm 98 and vv 8 and 19 of Psalm 9. Judgement is certain, the downtrodden will be vindicated. Yahweh will act.

What has this to do with Christmas day?

These themes celebrate truths, as echoed in the carol “Joy to the World,” about Jesus Christ. These are Biblical truths which
(1) have their foundations in the past;
(2) we believers need to be reminded about in the present (Christmas Day);
(3) point to a sure future in God’s unalterable timeline. They help us see that our annual Christmas celebrations are only mile-stones, beckoning us ever closer to the ”blessed hope” – the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:13)

The Lord is Come
Christmas is not only about ” The Lord is Come ” , but also the result of (the Messiah’s Kingdom) Jesus’ coming into the world.
• Jesus will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end (Luke 1:32-33)
• Jesus will save His people from their sins (Matt 1:21)
• The Christ child will bring salvation to the people of the world (Luke 2:11)
• This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, and many others to rise. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. (Luke 2: 34-35) In other words, He will bring change to the rotten world order of the day.

The Saviour Reigns
Psalm 9: 7 But Yahweh sits enthroned forever.
He has established his throne for judgment. (LEB)
Scripture is unambiguous: The Lord reigns now over the world and all its peoples and His throne is eternal. You and I will sing with joy that the Saviour reigns at His second coming. At that time, all “in heaven and on earth and under the earth” will acknowledge His rule and the redeemed will “repeat the sounding joy.” We celebrate what is true now on Christmas morn. We look forward in the sure hope of what will be true at His return.

Wonders of His Love
For some, Christmas is melancholic. Maybe it is an aversion to the commercialism we attach to this time of the year that takes away from its deeper meaning. Maybe the greetings, smiles, and bright lights do not resonate with one’s emotional and spiritual state. Or possibly, it is when we try hardest to be externally joyful and merry, that we realize the most that something’s not right. Internally, sin is still gnawing away, even if we have been Christians for many years. John Calvin (translation paraphrase) explains:

”Our lust is furious and our greed limitless in pursuing wealth and honours, chasing after power, heaping up riches, and gathering all those vain things which seem to give us grandeur and glory. . . in this present life, Scripture calls us to resign our wills and everything that is ours to the Lord.” ¹

Despite our depravity and rebelliousness toward the Lord God Yahweh, Jesus came to bear the sin of the world; He will come again to “save those who are eagerly waiting for Him.” (Hebrews 9:28) This is the wonder of His infinite love and Christmas makes it clear for all to see.

Prayer for Today

Lord Jesus, thank You for coming to earth that first Christmas morn. Forgive me that I do not live daily in appreciation of Your redemption plan completely.

Help me know what it means to have a fresh start. Strengthen my resolve, O Lord, the journey is not done. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

_
¹ “A Little Book on the Christian Life” – John Calvin

每日灵粮
星期五,2020年12月25日
标题:
救主降临
救主统领
慈爱何等全备
讲员:张祯祥传道
翻译:巫惠如姐妹

诗篇9:11 应当歌颂居锡安的耶和华,将他所行的传扬在众民中!

上周,严以撒牧师分享了一些关于诗篇98的想法,以及诗篇中各种的主题如何激发了《普世欢腾》的作曲家。今天,我想分享一些关于诗篇第9章的一些想法,以及它与诗篇98有何相似之处。

诗篇的主题之一围绕着救主的降临,他的作为和弥赛亚的天国。

比如,诗篇98:1
你们要向耶和华唱新歌,因为他行过奇妙的事,他的右手和圣臂施行救恩。

同样地,诗篇9:1-2 说道
我要一心称谢耶和华,我要传扬你一切奇妙的作为。我要因你欢喜快乐,至高者啊,我要歌颂你的名!

然后,98章第2节提到了上帝的慈爱和他的公义以及世界的地级见证了上帝的拯救。诗篇第9章也呼应了同样的想法,诗人颂扬上帝因为他并没有抛弃那些寻求他的人。认识他名的人会信靠他,因他的救赎而欢呼。这提及上帝透过耶稣的救赎计划。他现在住在重生的人心里,因为他诞生、死在十字架上、复活、而且上帝用右手将他高举,叫他做君王和救主。

第三,这两篇诗篇都呈现同样的画面,那就是上帝以公正法官的身份,引领他的子民归回他的永恒国度。诗篇98章第9节并诗篇9章8和9节都明确指出此事。审判是肯定的,受压迫者也能得到公道。耶和华言出必行。

那这跟圣诞节有什么关系呢?

这些主题颂扬真理,就如关于耶稣基督的《普世欢腾》一样。这些是圣经中的真理:
(一)他们的基础建立在过去;
(二)信徒必须被提醒关于现今(圣诞节);
(三)在上帝不可改变的时间线中,指向一个确定的未来。他们帮助我们看到,我们每年的圣诞庆祝活动犹如里程标,使我们越来越接近“所盼望的福” — 救主耶稣基督的荣耀显现。(参提2:13)

救主降临
圣诞节不仅关乎“救主下降”,还关乎(弥赛亚的国度)耶稣来到世界的结果。

  • 耶稣将永远做雅各家的王;他的国也没有穷尽。(路1:32-33)
  • 耶稣将自己的百姓从罪恶里救出来(太1:21)
  • 主基督将带给世人救恩(路2:11)
  • 这个孩子要叫以色列中许多人跌倒、许多人兴起。他是被上帝差来的记号,但许多人却反对他, 心里的意念也因此显露出来(参路2:34-35)。换句话说,他将改变当今腐朽的世界秩序。

救主统领
诗篇9:7唯耶和华坐着为王,直到永远,他已经为审判设摆他的宝座。
经文很明确:主统治着世人,他的王位是永恒的。你我会高兴地歌唱救主再来的时候仍作王。当时,“诸天万物”都会承认他的统治,而被救赎的人“响应歌声嘹亮”。 在圣诞节早晨, 我们庆祝这事实。我们确信并期待着他再来将实现的事。

慈爱何等全备
对一些人来说,圣诞节使人忧伤。也许这是对商业主义的厌恶,因为圣诞节的商业化已剥夺了圣诞的深层含义。也许这些问候、微笑和明亮的灯光与某些人的情绪或精神状态是天渊之别。又或者,当我们尽最大的努力表现外在的快乐时,我们才意识到哪里不对劲。即使我们已多年成为基督徒,罪恶仍吞噬着我们的内心。约翰·加尔文解释道(翻译改述):
“我们的欲望是强烈的,我们追求财富和荣誉的贪婪是无限的,追逐权力,积累财富,收集所有那些似乎赋予我们荣耀和虚荣的事物…在现进的生活中,圣经呼吁我们放弃个人的意愿以及所拥有的一切,完全交给上帝。” ¹

尽管我们已堕落并背叛了耶和华主神,但耶稣却担当了世人的罪恶;他将再次来拯救“向那等候他的人”(希伯来语9:28)。他无限的爱和圣诞节的奇迹是昭然可见的。

今日祈祷

主耶稣,谢谢你在第一个圣诞节的早晨来到世上。请原谅我,我并没有每天都完全地欣赏你救赎的计划。
助我明白重新开始意味着什么。哦主,增强我的决心,这趟旅程还没结束。奉耶稣的名祷告,阿门。
_
¹ 《基督徒的生活》 — 约翰·加尔文

 52 total views,  1 views today