Monday, May 31, 2021

DAY 109 (2021) - How do you treat your accusers? (Please go to FaceBook(silastyng) to watch my video of this blog)

 



                     This drawing is according to Psalm 109:3-5



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 109

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

My God, whom I praise,
    do not remain silent,
for people who are wicked and deceitful
    have opened their mouths against me;
    they have spoken against me with lying tongues.
With words of hatred they surround me;
    they attack me without cause.
In return for my friendship they accuse me,
    but I am a man of prayer.
They repay me evil for good,
    and hatred for my friendship.

Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy;
    let an accuser stand at his right hand.
When he is tried, let him be found guilty,
    and may his prayers condemn him.
May his days be few;
    may another take his place of leadership.
May his children be fatherless
    and his wife a widow.
10 May his children be wandering beggars;
    may they be driven[a] from their ruined homes.
11 May a creditor seize all he has;
    may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.
12 May no one extend kindness to him
    or take pity on his fatherless children.
13 May his descendants be cut off,
    their names blotted out from the next generation.
14 May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord;
    may the sin of his mother never be blotted out.
15 May their sins always remain before the Lord,
    that he may blot out their name from the earth.

16 For he never thought of doing a kindness,
    but hounded to death the poor
    and the needy and the brokenhearted.
17 He loved to pronounce a curse—
    may it come back on him.
He found no pleasure in blessing—
    may it be far from him.
18 He wore cursing as his garment;
    it entered into his body like water,
    into his bones like oil.
19 May it be like a cloak wrapped about him,
    like a belt tied forever around him.
20 May this be the Lord’s payment to my accusers,
    to those who speak evil of me.

21 But you, Sovereign Lord,
    help me for your name’s sake;
    out of the goodness of your love, deliver me.
22 For I am poor and needy,
    and my heart is wounded within me.
23 I fade away like an evening shadow;
    I am shaken off like a locust.
24 My knees give way from fasting;
    my body is thin and gaunt.
25 I am an object of scorn to my accusers;
    when they see me, they shake their heads.

26 Help me, Lord my God;
    save me according to your unfailing love.
27 Let them know that it is your hand,
    that you, Lord, have done it.
28 While they curse, may you bless;
    may those who attack me be put to shame,
    but may your servant rejoice.
29 May my accusers be clothed with disgrace
    and wrapped in shame as in a cloak.

30 With my mouth I will greatly extol the Lord;
    in the great throng of worshipers I will praise him.
31 For he stands at the right hand of the needy,
    to save their lives from those who would condemn them.


 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 isHow do you treat your accusers?

Wow, all those sentences with the beginning word of "May" shows how painful, hurt, bitter the psalmist was. Do you have this kind of experience that someone you befriend with accuse you like you are his/her worst enemy? How do you deal with that? Do you really pray like that?

This is what Psalm 109 teaches you how to deal with your accusers: 
1. Pour out everything in your heart to cry out to God just like what David did.

2. Try all your best not to let those bitterness, darkness and pain to destroy your soul and your relationship with Jesus.

3. What you need to do according to this Psalm is to praise, pray, fast and then praise. Those are the words I highlighted above.

4. Trust in the Lord totally that He will act and keep His promise to love and protect us as His children.


So, if you are now being accused by those accusers sent by the devil, do not be afraid. When the Lord allows this to happen you need to rejoice because this is an examination for you testing your true character. Testing whether you would act just like your accusers. Testing you whether you know the real Accuser is Satan the devil himself and everyone is just a victim! 

May be after your praising, praying, fasting and praising your accuser will repent and become your friend again! 

Be still and know that God is God, in Him you will prevail!

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to praise, pray and fast in those painful moments and to trust you totally that you love us and will act according to your will.  
 
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 - Nada te turbe (Never be troubled, never be afraid)

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

       
    Since 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 109天(2021年) - 你如何對付要害你的人? (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:
  

( 大 衛 的 詩 , 交 與 伶 長 。 ) 我 所 讚 美 的 神 啊 , 求 你 不 要 閉 口 不 言 。

因 為 惡 人 的 嘴 和 詭 詐 人 的 口 已 經 張 開 攻 擊 我 ; 他 們 用 撒 謊 的 舌 頭 對 我 說 話 。

他 們 圍 繞 我 , 說 怨 恨 的 話 , 又 無 故 地 攻 打 我 。

他 們 與 我 為 敵 以 報 我 愛 , 但 我 專 心 祈 禱 。

他 們 向 我 以 惡 報 善 , 以 恨 報 愛 。

願 你 派 一 個 惡 人 轄 制 他 , 派 一 個 對 頭 站 在 他 右 邊 !

他 受 審 判 的 時 候 , 願 他 出 來 擔 當 罪 名 ! 願 他 的 祈 禱 反 成 為 罪 !

願 他 的 年 日 短 少 ! 願 別 人 得 他 的 職 分 !

願 他 的 兒 女 為 孤 兒 , 他 的 妻 子 為 寡 婦 !

10 願 他 的 兒 女 漂 流 討 飯 , 從 他 們 荒 涼 之 處 出 來 求 食 !

11 願 強 暴 的 債 主 牢 籠 他 一 切 所 有 的 ! 願 外 人 搶 他 勞 碌 得 來 的 !

12 願 無 人 向 他 延 綿 施 恩 ! 願 無 人 可 憐 他 的 孤 兒 !

13 願 他 的 後 人 斷 絕 , 名 字 被 塗 抹 , 不 傳 於 下 代 !

14 願 他 祖 宗 的 罪 孽 被 耶 和 華 記 念 ! 願 他 母 親 的 罪 過 不 被 塗 抹 !

15 願 這 些 罪 常 在 耶 和 華 面 前 , 使 他 的 名 號 斷 絕 於 世 !

16 因 為 他 不 想 施 恩 , 卻 逼 迫 困 苦 窮 乏 的 和 傷 心 的 人 , 要 把 他 們 治 死 。

17 他 愛 咒 罵 , 咒 罵 就 臨 到 他 ; 他 不 喜 愛 福 樂 , 福 樂 就 與 他 遠 離 !

18 他 拿 咒 罵 當 衣 服 穿 上 ; 這 咒 罵 就 如 水 進 他 裡 面 , 像 油 入 他 的 骨 頭 。

19 願 這 咒 罵 當 他 遮 身 的 衣 服 , 當 他 常 束 的 腰 帶 !

20 這 就 是 我 對 頭 和 用 惡 言 議 論 我 的 人 從 耶 和 華 那 裡 所 受 的 報 應 。

21 主 ─ 耶 和 華 啊 , 求 你 為 你 的 名 恩 待 我 ; 因 你 的 慈 愛 美 好 , 求 你 搭 救 我 !

22 因 為 我 困 苦 窮 乏 , 內 心 受 傷 。

23 我 如 日 影 漸 漸 偏 斜 而 去 ; 我 如 蝗 蟲 被 抖 出 來 。

24 我 因 禁 食 , 膝 骨 軟 弱 ; 我 身 上 的 肉 也 漸 漸 瘦 了 。

25 我 受 他 們 的 羞 辱 , 他 們 看 見 我 便 搖 頭 。

26 耶 和 華 ─ 我 的 神 啊 , 求 你 幫 助 我 , 照 你 的 慈 愛 拯 救 我 ,

27 使 他 們 知 道 這 是 你 的 手 , 是 你 ─ 耶 和 華 所 行 的 事 。

28 任 憑 他 們 咒 罵 , 惟 願 你 賜 福 ; 他 們 幾 時 起 來 就 必 蒙 羞 , 你 的 僕 人 卻 要 歡 喜 。

29 願 我 的 對 頭 披 戴 羞 辱 ! 願 他 們 以 自 己 的 羞 愧 為 外 袍 遮 身 !

30 我 要 用 口 極 力 稱 謝 耶 和 華 ; 我 要 在 眾 人 中 間 讚 美 他 ;

31 因 為 他 必 站 在 窮 乏 人 的 右 邊 , 要 救 他 脫 離 審 判 他 靈 魂 的 人 。


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: 你如何對付要害你的人?

 根據譯經家 Willem A. VanGemeren 的分析,詩篇109篇是屬於咒詛詩篇之一,文體屬於個人哀歌,"非常精妙地平衡了兩種富有張力、又正好相反的表達 - '信守聖約的言論'和'自由地、無拘束地表達憤怒、尋求報復的言論',但是相較於前者,後者總是次要的。"

如果你曾經好像大衞一樣被你所曾經信任的好友出賣,以惡報善,忘恩負義,甚至要致你於死地,你可能會稍為明白這詩篇所表達的痛苦,向神傾心吐意的苦情,和用甚麼行動去面對這 "死局"!

這詩篇教導我們應有這四個步驟:
1. 完全無拘束地向主傾心吐意。

2. 盡力不要使那些苦毒損害你自己的心靈及和主的關係。

3. 你不需要出手去對付害你的人,你祇要做的是:讚美,祈禱,禁食,又再讚美。

4. 相信主愛你,他會出手保護你及對付惡人。 

所以,如果你面對這苦境,要感恩,因為這是你的考試時間,升級的時間,考你的性格及和主真正的關係,考你是否知道真正的控訴者 Accuser是魔鬼撒但而不是那以惡報善,忘恩負義的好友!

可能你能跟着這四步去做,你的敵人會有一天知罪、認罪、悔改,又或者你忽然醒悟是你的問題,你知罪、認罪、悔改,於是有一天誤會化解,你們可以再成為朋友!


    親愛的主耶穌,  
求主使我們能在被人惡待的時候願意讚美,祈禱,禁食,又再讚美,靠你得勝,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 30, 2021

DAY 108 (2021) - My heart is steadfast, O God! (Please go to FaceBook(silastyng) to watch my video of this blog)

 



                      This drawing is according to Psalm 108:1-2



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 108[a]

A song. A psalm of David.

My heart, O God, is steadfast;
    I will sing and make music with all my soul.
Awake, harp and lyre!
    I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
    I will sing of you among the peoples.
For great is your love, higher than the heavens;
    your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
    let your glory be over all the earth.

Save us and help us with your right hand,
    that those you love may be delivered.
God has spoken from his sanctuary:
    “In triumph I will parcel out Shechem
    and measure off the Valley of Sukkoth.
Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine;
    Ephraim is my helmet,
    Judah is my scepter.
Moab is my washbasin,
    on Edom I toss my sandal;
    over Philistia I shout in triumph.”

10 Who will bring me to the fortified city?
    Who will lead me to Edom?
11 Is it not you, God, you who have rejected us
    and no longer go out with our armies?
12 Give us aid against the enemy,
    for human help is worthless.
13 With God we will gain the victory,
    and he will trample down our enemies.

 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 isMy heart is steadfast, O God!

What would you feel when you have to confront a vast army, like the COVID-19 vast army? 

The first verse of this chapter gives us an inspiration of what we need to feel. Not only feel but to proclaim and take action.

To proclaim to the Lord that your heart is steadfast and to be able to sing and make music to praise Him and to wake up your dark soul! And, an early morning daily devotion too!

If you can do that, then the Spirit of Discouragement and the Deceiver have no way to pull you to the depth of fear and helplessness.

No matter our vast enemy is COVID-19, or any other vast army, in God you have a sure win, victory!

Dear Lord Jesus,
Wake up our souls that our hearts can be steadfast even in front of a vast army ready to destroy us. Help us to be able to sing and make music to praise you and that in you we have a sure win. 
 
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 - Nada te turbe (Never be troubled, never be afraid)

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

       
    Since 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 40 (2021) - With God all things are possible! (Please go to FaceBook(silastyng) to watch my video of this blog)

    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 pre...