August 27, 2010

Ministry in Word

The faith based living – Part 1
基于信心的生活 – 第一篇

Psalm 16

Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge. I said to the Lord, "You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing." As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight. The sorrows of those will increase who run after other gods. I will not pour out their libations of blood or take up their names on my lips. Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
神啊,求你保佑我,因为我投靠你。我的心哪,你曾对耶和华说:你是我的主;我的好处不在你以外。论到世上的圣民,他们又美又善,是我最喜悦的。以别神代替耶和华的,他们的愁苦必加增;他们所浇奠的血我不献上;我嘴唇也不提别 神的名号。耶和华是我的产业,是我杯中的分;我所得的,你为我持守。用绳量给我的地界,坐落在佳美之处;我的产业实在美好。我必称颂那指教我的耶和华;我的心肠在夜间也警戒我。我将耶和华常摆在我面前,因他在我右边,我便不致摇动。因此,我的心欢喜,我的灵快乐;我的肉身也要安然居住。因为你必不将我的灵魂撇在阴间,也不叫你的圣者见朽坏。你必将生命的道路指示我。在你面前有满足的喜乐;在你右手中有永远的福乐。

In this psalm of David we see him pouring out his affection, his hope, and his emotion toward God through his poetic use of the words in the eleven verses. It also reflects his understanding of a faith filled life. Let us try to get a closer look at the faith based living by empathizing with David in his words.

1. The blessing

Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.

Keep me safe from the temptation and danger. I trust you for my protection. I come to you pleading for my security. You are my blessing, O Lord. You give me life: faith, hope, and love (1 Cor 13:13). You take me in, a pauper in all of these (Mt 5:3). You endow me with these elements of the abundant life.

2. The benefit

I said to the Lord, "You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing."

I said from my heart, you alone are the good thing I have. You and you alone is the source of all my blessings. I understand it, I feel it, and I believe it. You are a benevolent God. You alone are good and are worthy to be called such (Mt 19:17). Before I pray for my needs you already know them and you already have plans for me that are to prosper me and not to harm me, to give me hope and a future (Jer 29:11). And
how wonderful is your plan! It is beyond my imagination, for your ways and thoughts are higher than my ways and thoughts (Isa 55:9).

3. The fellowship

As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight.

I enjoy the company of fellow sojourners in this world, those followers of Christ in your presence helping one another walk in the narrow path and the small gate (Mt 7:14). You have put them in my company to edify me, encourage me, assist me, and spur me on. They are my fellow cross bearers to carry our own crosses (Mt 10:38) and to share one another's burdens (Gal 6:2). We maintain our steady walk because of Christ's presence among us reminding us to take His yoke and burden for His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Mt 11:30).

To be continued next week.

May we worship God in spirit and in truth and fellowship with the saints with delight in our hearts.

Tom and Tehwan Tso

“The outcome of your faith is the salvation of your souls.” 1Peter 1:9
“信心的果效, 就是灵魂的救恩” 彼得前书1:9