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【漫談人生】短暫浮生 盼望永恆

 

<人生一張紙>

出世一張紙,求生一輩子;入學一張紙,求分一輩子

畢業一張紙,工作一輩子;結婚一張紙,養家一輩子

看病一張紙,服藥一輩子;悼辭一張紙,了結一輩子

 

一輩子的事,展望時是那麼漫長,回憶時卻又如此短暫。人生常在短暫與永恆之間掙扎惆悵。神的僕人摩西在其晚年寫下的詩篇九十篇,論盡短暫浮生。

短暫浮生,罪和死吞滅生命

詩人先頌讚神是永恆主v.1。人內在的永恆感使人慨嘆人生的短速,時間快如夜裏的一更v.4,悄悄溜走;如大水沖去,沒法停留v.5;如睡一覺v.5,夢醒無痕;如草榮枯v.6,生命凋零。雖然生老病死是宿命,人類自古以來就想留住青春,延長壽數或渴望永生。中國有秦始皇渴求長生不老,差人去蓬萊之島,求仙訪藥;埃及人用藥保屍製成木乃衣,讓死者靈魂有所依,等待再生。事實上,自人類始祖悖逆神權而自主,就是犯罪和死亡的開始。人的生命就被罪和死吞滅v.7-10。離棄神,人變得自我中心。內心充滿自義、自私、自誇、自欺、自恃,就生出驕傲、貪婪、偏見、妒忌、縱慾、邪情及種種不義的惡行來。神的震怒發出v.9,使人落在驚惶v.7、嘆息v.9、愁苦v.10和空虛v.10之中。

千古保障,神是歸依和歸宿:

神是我們的居所v.1,是暴風雨中的避難所。神是自有永有的主宰v.1,是創造主v.2。神是靈魂的歸宿v.3,是公義的主v.8。英國詩人華滋根據詩篇九十篇,改寫成<千古保障>一首詩詞,提醒人唯有神才是永不改變,是人的歸依和歸宿。

 

<千古保障>

1. 上帝是人千古保障,是人將來希望,是人居所,抵禦風雨,是人永久家鄉。

2. 山川尚未發現之時,星球未結之先,遠自太初,便有神在,永在無窮盡年。

3. 在神眼中億千萬年,恍若人間隔宿,恍若初聞子夜鐘聲,轉瞬東方日出。

4. 時間正似大江流水,浪淘萬象眾生,轉瞬飛逝,恍若夢境,朝來不留餘痕。

以神為樂,敬畏神,榮耀神

神是配受敬畏的v.11,我們祈求祂指教我們智慧渡日v.12讓我們飽享祂的慈愛v.14我們當以神為樂,渴求祂的榮耀v.14、17。按著<西敏斯特大要理問答>的第一問和答案,「人生最重要,最崇高的目的是榮耀神,完全以祂為樂。直到永遠。」(羅馬書11:36;哥林多前書10:31)這是盡享上帝同在之樂。(詩篇73:24-28;約翰福音17:21-23)神學家奧古斯丁的「懺悔錄」中的一段話,大要是:神啊!是祢為自己創造了我們,我們惟有在祢裏面才能得享安息。求祢把祢自己賜給我。如果沒有你,縱使你把所造的一切都賜給我,我的心仍不滿足。

「求你使我們早早飽得你的慈愛,好叫我們一生一世歡呼喜樂。求你照著你使我們受苦的日子,和我們遭難的年歲,叫我們喜樂。」(詩篇90:14-15)

「因為萬有都是本於他,倚靠他,歸於他。願榮耀歸給他,直到永遠。阿們!」 (羅馬書11:36)

 

Life, a Piece of Paper

By Minister Chai

 

Birth certificate: a piece of paper, Seeking life in a lifetime;
School admission: a piece of paper, Seeking scores in a lifetime;
Graduation diploma: a piece of paper; Working in a lifetime;
Marriage certificate: a piece of paper, Breadwinner in a lifetime;
Seeing doctor: a piece of paper, Medication in a lifetime;
Obituary: a piece of paper, End of life!

 

Things of a lifetime, A long time to look forward, A short time to look back. Life is a dilemma Between temporality and eternity. Moses, the servant of God In the book Psalms 90 Explained the temporality of life.

Life Swallowed by Sin and Death

The psalmist started his psalm by praising God as the Eternal One:

V.1 Man's intrinsic sense of eternity is shadowed by the temporality of life.

V.4 Time flies like a watch in the night.

‭‭V.5 Time sneaks away like water goes into sea that doesn't stay or like good night sleep.

V.6 Time has no traces like waking up from sleep or is like grass that dries up quickly.

V.7-10 Life withers. Since ancient times, people had been seeking ways to sustain youthfulness and long life even though sickness and death is a harsh fact! In ancient China, Emperor Qin Shihuang looked for long-life medicines and Egyptians preserved mummies to maintain a "home" for their spirits to return. In fact, man's rebellion against God is the beginning of sin and death. Man's life gets swallowed up by sin and death!

V.9 Away from God, inwardly man has turned into selfishness, self-righteousness, self-deceit, self-pride, self-reliance. Outwardly man is showing arrogance, greed, partiality, jealousy, promiscuity, and all kinds of unrighteousness which causes God's to be angry! V.7, 9, 10 Man is terrified, moaning, sorrowing and passing away in vain.

God, Our Dwelling throughput Generations

 

V.1"Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations." He is our shelter during storms. He is the Lord from eternity to eternity.

V.2 God is the Creator.

V.3 He is the dwelling of our spirits.

V.8 He is the Lord of righteousness.

An English song writer, William Croft has written hymn called "Oh God Our Help" according to Psalm 90 which reminds us that God is reliable because He doesn't change:

 

O God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

Before the hills in order stood,

Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

A thousand ages in Thy sight

Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever rolling stream,

Bears all its sons away;
They fly, forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the opening day.

 

Fear God Who's My Joy, My Glory

V.11 " Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due."

V.12 "Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom."

V.14 "Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love...."

V.14, 17 God is our joy. We yearn for His glory.

(Romans 11:36; 1Corithians10:31)

According to WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM, The utmost goal of life is to glorify God and see Him as our joy forever.

(Psalms 73:24-28; John 17:21-23)

This is the joy of being with God.

In the book, Confessions of St Augustine, the theologian wrote: Oh God! You have created us for your purpose. We have peace only in You. Lord I plead to have You in my life. Without You, my heart would not be satisfied even if You were to give me everything You have created!"


"Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble." ‭‭ Psalm‬ ‭90:14-15‬

"For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen." Romans‬ ‭11:36‬

 

喜樂 Joy

喜樂的心乃是良藥;憂傷的靈使骨枯乾。箴言 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

然而,我要因耶和華歡欣,因救我的 神喜樂。哈巴谷書 3:18
yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:18

要常常喜樂,不住的禱告,凡事謝恩。帖撒羅尼迦前書 5:16-17
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

饒恕 Forgiveness

主啊,你本為良善,樂意饒恕人,有豐盛的慈愛賜給凡求告你的人。詩篇 86:5
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5

你不要說:“我要以惡報惡”;要等候耶和華,他必拯救你。箴言 20:22
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you. Proverbs 6:14

你們饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必饒恕你們的過犯;馬太福音 6:14
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14

你們不饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必不饒恕你們的過犯。馬太福音 6:15
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:15

你們各人若不從心裡饒恕你的弟兄,我天父也要這樣待你們了。馬太福音 18:35
This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart. Matthew 18:35

謙卑 Humility

敬畏耶和華是智慧的訓誨;尊榮以前,必有謙卑。箴言 15:33
Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33

敬畏耶和華心存謙卑,就得富有、尊榮、生命為賞賜。箴言 22:4
Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4

凡事不可結黨,不可貪圖虛浮的榮耀;只要存心謙卑,各人看別人比自己強。腓立比書 2:3
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

驕傲 Pride

驕傲來,羞恥也來;謙遜人卻有智慧。箴言 11:2
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

驕傲只啟爭競;聽勸言的,卻有智慧。箴言 13:10
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Proverbs 13:10

驕傲在敗壞以先;狂心在跌倒之前。箴言 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

忍耐 Patience

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

並且你們要為我的名,被眾人恨惡,惟有忍耐到底的,必然得救。馬可福音 13:13
Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Mark 13:13

不但如此,就是在患難中也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance. Romans 5:3

我們行善,不可喪志;若不灰心,到了時候就要收成加拉太書 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

你們也當忍耐,堅固你們的心,因為主來的日子近了。雅各書 5:8
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:8

溫柔 Meekness

回答柔和,使怒消退;言語暴戾,觸動怒氣。箴言 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

溫柔的人有福了,因為他們必承受地土。馬太福音 5:5
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

用溫柔勸戒那抵擋的人;或者 神給他們悔改的心,可以明白真道。提摩太後書 2:25
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 2:25

只要以裡面存著長久溫柔、安靜的心為妝飾;這在 神面前是極寶貴的。彼得前書 3:4
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:4

嫉妒 Envy

不要為作惡的心懷不平,也不要向那行不義的生出嫉妒。詩篇 37:1
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong. Psalm 37:1

心中安靜是肉體的生命;嫉妒是骨中的朽爛。箴言 14:30
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30

在何處有嫉妒、紛爭,就在何處有擾亂和各樣的壞事。雅各書 3:16
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16

生氣 Anger

當止住怒氣,離棄忿怒;不要心懷不平,以致作惡。詩篇 37:8
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. Psalm 37:8

好生氣的人,不可與他結交;暴怒的人,不可與他來往。箴言 22:24
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered. Proverbs 22:24

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

生氣卻不要犯罪.不可含怒到日落。以弗所書 4:26
In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26

我親愛的弟兄們,這是你們所知道的,但你們各人要快快的聽,慢慢的說,慢慢的動怒,因為人的怒氣並不成就 神的義。雅各書 1:19,20
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19,20

災難 Calamity

謹守口與舌的、就保守自己免受災難。箴言 21:23
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. Proverbs 21:23

民要攻打民、國要攻打國、多處必有地震、饑荒.這都是災難的起頭。馬可福音 13:8
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. Mark 13:8

憂愁 Worry

你們不要憂愁、因靠耶和華而得的喜樂是你們的力量。尼希米記 8:10
Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

主雖使人憂愁, 還要照他諸般的慈愛發憐憫。耶利米哀歌 3:32
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. Lamentations 3:32

凡勞苦擔重擔的人,可以到我這裡來,我就使你們得安息。馬太福音 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

我留下平安給你們、我將我的平安賜給你們.我所賜的、不像世人所賜的.你們心裏不要憂愁、也不要膽怯。約翰福音 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神。神所賜出人意外的平安,必在基督耶穌裡,保守你們的心懷意念。腓立比書 4:6,7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7

因此, 你們是大有喜樂, 但如今, 在百般的試煉中暫時憂愁。彼得前書 1:6
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 1 Peter 1:6

患難 Trouble, Suffering

義人多有苦難,但耶和華救他脫離這一切。詩篇 34:19
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19

神是我們的避難所,是我們的力量,是我們在患難中隨時的幫助!詩篇 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

耶和華本為善,在患難的日子為人的保障,並且認得那些投靠他的人。那鴻書 1:7
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7

為義受逼迫的人有福了,因為天國是他們的。馬太福音 5:10
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10

不但如此,就是在患難中,也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Romans 5:3

我想現在的苦楚,若比將來要顯於我們的榮耀,就不足介意了。羅馬書 8:18
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

因為你們蒙恩,不但得以信服基督,並要為他受苦。腓立比書 1:29
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him. Philippians 1:29

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