Monday, May 10, 2021

DAY 88 (2021) - Darkness is my closest friend?! (Please go to FaceBook(silastyng) to watch my video of this blog)

 



                        This drawing is according to Psalm 88:1-2



Silence

1.   Put on your “brakes” and stop for a moment of silence
2.   Wait for God. Breathe deep for God's peace and feel His presence. Exhale your worries.

Praise and Thanksgiving

1.   Think through your day, all the times that made you smile
2.   Thank God for all those moments, and for all those people
3.   Sing a song to praise God (you are welcome to use "Father, I adore you" which I have been singing every morning for the past 20 years or your own choice to praise God)

          Father, I adore You, lay my life before You, how I love You.
          Jesus, I adore You, lay my life before You, how I love You.
          Spirit, I adore You, lay my life before You, how I love You.
      

Confession and Repentance (Subjective Shifting Devotion Method http://bishopsilas.blogspot.ca/2009/08/count-down-5-subject-shifting-devotion.html)

1.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to shine on you that you are able to discover your sins and be willing to repent:


     “Dear Holy Spirit, shine your light into the places of darkness in my life. Show me my sins, everything that blocks me from encountering God and having Jesus as my Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”



2.  Through the Holy Spirit, examine yourself for a short silence and then pray:

     "Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for our sins and being victorious over death and sin. I confess my sin to you(pause, to tell Jesus what the Holy Spirit has shown you). Forgive my sins by your blood and help me follow you. Holy Spirit, fill me that I may be able to receive your gifts to love God and His people. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."


      Bible link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%207&version=NIV

    Today's passage:
   

Psalm 88[a]

A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. For the director of music. According to mahalath leannoth.[b] A maskil[c] of Heman the Ezrahite.

Lord, you are the God who saves me;
    day and night I cry out to you.
May my prayer come before you;
    turn your ear to my cry.

I am overwhelmed with troubles
    and my life draws near to death.
I am counted among those who go down to the pit;
    I am like one without strength.
I am set apart with the dead,
    like the slain who lie in the grave,
whom you remember no more,
    who are cut off from your care.

You have put me in the lowest pit,
    in the darkest depths.
Your wrath lies heavily on me;
    you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.[d]
You have taken from me my closest friends
    and have made me repulsive to them.
I am confined and cannot escape;
    my eyes are dim with grief.

I call to you, Lord, every day;
    I spread out my hands to you.
10 Do you show your wonders to the dead?
    Do their spirits rise up and praise you?
11 Is your love declared in the grave,
    your faithfulness in Destruction[e]?
12 Are your wonders known in the place of darkness,
    or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?

13 But I cry to you for help, Lord;
    in the morning my prayer comes before you.
14 Why, Lord, do you reject me
    and hide your face from me?

15 From my youth I have suffered and been close to death;
    I have borne your terrors and am in despair.
16 Your wrath has swept over me;
    your terrors have destroyed me.
17 All day long they surround me like a flood;
    they have completely engulfed me.
18 You have taken from me friend and neighbor—
    darkness is my closest friend.

    Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage we have just read. Offer this time to Jesus as you listen to him. 

    My Listening
    The topic I received from Jesus is Darkness is my closest friend?!

This psalm is being considered as the saddest of all psalms. The suffering of the psalmist is unbearable and yet God allowed that to happen. How could God allow a faithful child of Him to tell others that darkness is his closest friend?!

What would you do if you are in this kind of suffering? Do you think you would still have faith to pray to God like what the psalmist did? How can you get through the time of darkness?

"Neither death nor life ...neither the present nor the future ... will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."  Romans 8: 38-39

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to trust in you and that we can pray to you in all times.
 
In Jesus name we pray,
 
Amen.

    
       
      Reflect on these questions:
     1. What inspiration have you received from today's catch and what have you heard from Jesus now?
      
      2.  What is your next step to be more closer to Jesus?
    
           Family Corner:
     Find an opportunity to share with your family the importance of today's message. 
     

        
Please click this link to worship with us - Breathe

       To know, learn and practice the method of Time with Abba, please click this link: https://www.pastoralcareschool.org

       
    Starting from January 1, 2021, I started to lead you to read one Psalm everyday for 150 days that you can experience a powerful experience to use Psalm to pray and sing praises to the Lord. If you watch my daily morning prayer "Time with Abba, Singing and Praising" video, I am going to sing with you one song to praise the Lord!
    
    Praise the Lord that after a few months of preparation for this new series with a good friend, Alice Cheung, you can see a brand new look in my daily blog. Alice who is now the Vice Principal of Diocesan Girls' School (https://www.dgs.edu.hk/) is going to draw a painting each day to highlight the key message of that day's Psalm. You can see the photos below of Alice, one pictures was taken in Hong Kong of Michelle and me, and Alice and her husband Johnson. The other picture is with her Doctor of Education gown standing besides the Alumni Wall of DGS and with her name and the year 1984, the year she graduated in that school. She had been a principal of a high school for seven years and worked as a Vice Principal two years ago. 






第 88 天(2021年) - 主啊,救我離開黑暗的深淵! (大家可到FaceBook (silastyng)看此博客的錄影 )

 

安靜

1.  停下來. 靜一靜

2.  等候主. 深呼吸經歷主之平安, 感受主的臨在, 呼出你的憂慮


讚美及感恩
1.  思想最近使你開心歡笑的時刻
2.  為那些時刻及有關的人感恩

知罪,認罪,悔改 (Subjective Shifting Devotion Method 轉位靈修法) http://bishopsilas.blogspot.ca/2009/08/count-down-5-subject-shifting-devotion.html)

1. 求聖靈光照,使你知罪,願意認罪悔改 
     "親愛的聖靈, 求你光照我心靈的深處, 使我看見我的罪, 我和主耶穌的阻隔, 
        求你幫助, 奉主耶穌基督名求。阿們。"

2. 透過聖靈的工作, 安靜一刻, 省察自己, 之後祈禱:
     「親愛的主耶穌,感謝你為我的罪釘死在十字架上,我願意在你面前承認我的罪(凡聖靈光照到的,請逐一說出),求你用你的寶血赦免我的罪,我願意打開心門讓你作我的救主,求你救贖我,我願意一生跟隨你讓你作我生命的主,求你帶領我。聖靈,求你充滿我,使我得著恩賜及力量去侍奉主、見證主,奉主耶穌基督名求,阿們。」



今日的經文:
  ( 可 拉 後 裔 的 詩 歌 , 就 是 以 斯 拉 人 希 幔 的 訓 誨 詩 , 交 與 伶 長 。 調 用 麻 哈 拉 利 暗 俄 。 ) 耶 和 華 ─ 拯 救 我 的 神 啊 , 我 晝 夜 在 你 面 前 呼 籲 。

願 我 的 禱 告 達 到 你 面 前 ; 求 你 側 耳 聽 我 的 呼 求 !

因 為 我 心 裡 滿 了 患 難 ; 我 的 性 命 臨 近 陰 間 。

我 算 和 下 坑 的 人 同 列 , 如 同 無 力 ( 或 譯 : 沒 有 幫 助 ) 的 人 一 樣 。

我 被 丟 在 死 人 中 , 好 像 被 殺 的 人 躺 在 墳 墓 裡 。 他 們 是 你 不 再 記 念 的 , 與 你 隔 絕 了 。

你 把 我 放 在 極 深 的 坑 裡 , 在 黑 暗 地 方 , 在 深 處 。

你 的 忿 怒 重 壓 我 身 ; 你 用 一 切 的 波 浪 困 住 我 。 ( 細 拉 )

你 把 我 所 認 識 的 隔 在 遠 處 , 使 我 為 他 們 所 憎 惡 ; 我 被 拘 困 , 不 得 出 來 。

我 的 眼 睛 因 困 苦 而 乾 癟 。 耶 和 華 啊 , 我 天 天 求 告 你 , 向 你 舉 手 。

10 你 豈 要 行 奇 事 給 死 人 看 麼 ? 難 道 陰 魂 還 能 起 來 稱 讚 你 麼 ? ( 細 拉 )

11 豈 能 在 墳 墓 裡 述 說 你 的 慈 愛 麼 ? 豈 能 在 滅 亡 中 述 說 你 的 信 實 麼 ?

12 你 的 奇 事 豈 能 在 幽 暗 裡 被 知 道 麼 ? 你 的 公 義 豈 能 在 忘 記 之 地 被 知 道 麼 ?

13 耶 和 華 啊 , 我 呼 求 你 ; 我 早 晨 的 禱 告 要 達 到 你 面 前 。

14 耶 和 華 啊 , 你 為 何 丟 棄 我 ? 為 何 掩 面 不 顧 我 ?

15 我 自 幼 受 苦 , 幾 乎 死 亡 ; 我 受 你 的 驚 恐 , 甚 至 慌 張 。

16 你 的 烈 怒 漫 過 我 身 ; 你 的 驚 嚇 把 我 剪 除 。

17 這 些 終 日 如 水 環 繞 我 , 一 齊 都 來 圍 困 我 。

18 你 把 我 的 良 朋 密 友 隔 在 遠 處 , 使 我 所 認 識 的 人 進 入 黑 暗 裡 。


現在讓你有一個安靜的時刻,給聖靈一個空間,讓主耶穌可以藉着剛才讀過的經文,親自對你説話。

 我的聆聽
 我從主耶穌領受主題是主啊,救我離開黑暗的深淵!

  這詩篇被認為是所有詩篇中最痛苦的一篇,因為詩人表達他最深不能抵受的痛苦,但神竟然容許他經歷此痛苦! 為什麼神可以讓他忠心的兒女落入此痛苦中而不去救他呢?

如果你現在這極度的痛苦中,怎辦?

你還可以像這詩人一様仍然對神有信心繼續向他呼求嗎? 

你如何渡過此人生最艱難痛苦的時刻?

 願望保羅在羅馬書8: 35-39所說的能幫助你過關:

   誰 能 使 我 們 與 基 督 的 愛 隔 絕 呢 ? 難 道 是 患 難 麼 ? 是 困 苦 麼 ? 是 逼 迫 麼 ? 是 飢 餓 麼 ? 是 赤 身 露 體 麼 ? 是 危 險 麼 ? 是 刀 劍 麼 ?

36 如 經 上 所 記 : 我 們 為 你 的 緣 故 終 日 被 殺 ; 人 看 我 們 如 將 宰 的 羊 。

37 然 而 , 靠 著 愛 我 們 的 主 , 在 這 一 切 的 事 上 已 經 得 勝 有 餘 了 。

38 因 為 我 深 信 無 論 是 死 , 是 生 , 是 天 使 , 是 掌 權 的 , 是 有 能 的 , 是 現 在 的 事 , 是 將 來 的 事 ,

39 是 高 處 的 , 是 低 處 的 , 是 別 的 受 造 之 物 , 都 不 能 叫 我 們 與 神 的 愛 隔 絕 ; 這 愛 是 在 我 們 的 主 基 督 耶 穌 裡 的 。

 
    親愛的主耶穌,  
求主幫助我們在人生最艱難痛苦的時刻,仍然對你有信心繼續向你呼求,至終經歷你的拯救,奉主耶穌基督名求。阿們。
        
   省察問題
 1. 今日的信息對你有何啓發?  主耶穌現在對你説甚麽話?

 2. 下一步是什麼行動?
   
     家庭角落
找機會與家人一起分享今日的領受。



讚美
Chinese praise song - 



由2021年1月1日開始,我帶領大家每日讀一篇詩篇,用150天去為大家帶來一個藉詩篇唱詩歌頌寶貴的靈修親親爸父經歷。

    更感恩的是我和認識了超過三十多年的好朋友鄭張淑儀博士合作每日一詩篇,150日 "親親爸父,唱詩歌頌"的新嘗試。

    張博士Alice 現在是香港拔萃女書院 (DGS)的副校長,她會每天晝一幅表達那天詩篇精要的畫,而我則如以往一様寫此博客的內容。大家可以見到下面張博士和丈夫鄭昭明弟兄,我太太和我最近在香港的合照,及她穿着博士袍在1984年畢業的母挍香港拔萃女書院的畢業生牆有她名字Alice S Y CHEUNG Class of 1984前面影的相。 






Sunday, May 9, 2021

DAY 87 (2021) -Pray for Jerusalem! (Please go to FaceBook(silastyng) to watch my video of this blog)

 



                        This drawing is according to Psalm 87:7



Silence

1.   Put on your “brakes” and stop for a moment of silence
2.   Wait for God. Breathe deep for God's peace and feel His presence. Exhale your worries.

Praise and Thanksgiving

1.   Think through your day, all the times that made you smile
2.   Thank God for all those moments, and for all those people
3.   Sing a song to praise God (you are welcome to use "Father, I adore you" which I have been singing every morning for the past 20 years or your own choice to praise God)

          Father, I adore You, lay my life before You, how I love You.
          Jesus, I adore You, lay my life before You, how I love You.
          Spirit, I adore You, lay my life before You, how I love You.
      

Confession and Repentance (Subjective Shifting Devotion Method http://bishopsilas.blogspot.ca/2009/08/count-down-5-subject-shifting-devotion.html)

1.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to shine on you that you are able to discover your sins and be willing to repent:


     “Dear Holy Spirit, shine your light into the places of darkness in my life. Show me my sins, everything that blocks me from encountering God and having Jesus as my Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”



2.  Through the Holy Spirit, examine yourself for a short silence and then pray:

     "Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for our sins and being victorious over death and sin. I confess my sin to you(pause, to tell Jesus what the Holy Spirit has shown you). Forgive my sins by your blood and help me follow you. Holy Spirit, fill me that I may be able to receive your gifts to love God and His people. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."


      Bible link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%207&version=NIV

    Today's passage:
   

Psalm 87

Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. A song.

He has founded his city on the holy mountain.
The Lord loves the gates of Zion
    more than all the other dwellings of Jacob.

Glorious things are said of you,
    city of God:[a]
“I will record Rahab[b] and Babylon
    among those who acknowledge me—
Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush[c]
    and will say, ‘This one was born in Zion.’”[d]
Indeed, of Zion it will be said,
    “This one and that one were born in her,
    and the Most High himself will establish her.”
The Lord will write in the register of the peoples:
    “This one was born in Zion.”

As they make music they will sing,
    “All my fountains are in you.”


    Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage we have just read. Offer this time to Jesus as you listen to him. 

    My Listening
    The topic I received from Jesus is Pray for Jerusalem!

This chapter talks about the important of Jerusalem as a holy mountain and a city of God. The Bible teaches us to pray for Jerusalem.

Actually this is in two ways:
1. Jerusalem represents God's Holy City, His Holy Temple and His presence. When Jesus comes again, He will come to Jerusalem. And, the Bible teaches us to pray for Jerusalem. Psalm 122:6 tells us that those who pray for the peace of Jerusalem will be blessed and secure: 

       Pray for the peace of Jerusalem;
       May those who love you be secure.
                                 Psalm 122: 6

2. Jerusalem represents your home church and also the Church in this whole world. Your church is your spiritual home, your family. The place you have brothers and sisters as your family members. The place you are being nurtured, equipped as a true disciple of Christ. That's why you need to love and pray for your home church, for your pastors, leaders and all family members, and also for the Church in this world.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to know that we need to pray for Jerusalem, the Church and our home church daily.
 
In Jesus name we pray,
 
Amen.

    
       
      Reflect on these questions:
     1. What inspiration have you received from today's catch and what have you heard from Jesus now?
      
      2.  What is your next step to be more closer to Jesus?
    
           Family Corner:
     Find an opportunity to share with your family the importance of today's message. 
     

        
Please click this link to worship with us - Be with You
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGQpm3i3mXw&ab_channel=Videos4Christ

       To know, learn and practice the method of Time with Abba, please click this link: https://www.pastoralcareschool.org

       
    Starting from January 1, 2021, I started to lead you to read one Psalm everyday for 150 days that you can experience a powerful experience to use Psalm to pray and sing praises to the Lord. If you watch my daily morning prayer "Time with Abba, Singing and Praising" video, I am going to sing with you one song to praise the Lord!
    
    Praise the Lord that after a few months of preparation for this new series with a good friend, Alice Cheung, you can see a brand new look in my daily blog. Alice who is now the Vice Principal of Diocesan Girls' School (https://www.dgs.edu.hk/) is going to draw a painting each day to highlight the key message of that day's Psalm. You can see the photos below of Alice, one pictures was taken in Hong Kong of Michelle and me, and Alice and her husband Johnson. The other picture is with her Doctor of Education gown standing besides the Alumni Wall of DGS and with her name and the year 1984, the year she graduated in that school. She had been a principal of a high school for seven years and worked as a Vice Principal two years ago. 




DAY 88 (2021) - Darkness is my closest friend?! (Please go to FaceBook(silastyng) to watch my video of this blog)

                          This drawing is according to Psalm 88:1-2 Silence 1.    Put on your “brakes” and stop for a moment of silence 2.  ...