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For Those Who Fear Him Lack Nothing (Psalms 34:9)

Sermon on 3 July 2022 by Elder Daniel Lee


Introduction

Let us examine ourselves. We need many things in our lives, but many are ‘wants’ but not essential ‘needs’. When we see good things that others have, we want them too. These ‘wants’ are a reflection of self-centeredness. We are not satisfied with what we have in life. We always feel we are lacking something. We are always comparing ourselves against others. We do not have gratitude even though it is impossible to be better than others in every way.


Message

Fear the Lord, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need. – Psalms 34:9


During Moses’ time, the Israelites in Egypt were doing hard labour. Through Moses, God performed ten miracles (disasters) in Egypt. The worst disaster was the tenth. All first borns were killed except for those of the Israelites who were instructed to smear their door posts with the blood of the ram, so that the Spirit of God would pass over their houses. Pharoah’s own son died, and he told the Israelites to leave Egypt. However, he regretted his decision later and had his soldiers give chase. Through Moses, God parted the Red Sea for the Israelites to cross safely, while drowning the Egyptians. All these miracles were seen first-hand by the Israelites. The Israelites followed Moses in the desert for 40 years. God provided for them. However, they were not satisfied. Many times, they wanted to stone Moses.


These are the terms of the covenant the Lord commanded Moses to make with the Israelites while they were in the land of Moab, in addition to the covenant he had made with them at Mount Sinai. Moses summoned all the Israelites and said to them, “You have seen with your own eyes everything the Lord did in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to his whole country— all the great tests of strength, the miraculous signs, and the amazing wonders. But to this day the Lord has not given you minds that understand, nor eyes that see, nor ears that hear! For forty years I led you through the wilderness, yet your clothes and sandals did not wear out. You ate no bread and drank no wine or other alcoholic drink, but he provided for you so you would know that he is the Lord your God. – Deuteronomy 29:1-6


In the same way, we want good things from God. We want God to help us with many things. This is why we do not have the joy of the Lord. We do not align our hearts with God’s heart. We simply want God to satisfy our desires rather than seeking God’s will. If we have God in our hearts, the sword of the Holy Spirit will be with us. Do we really seek and understand God’s word? Do we love Him with all our hearts, our minds and our strength? Do we obey Him? If we ask according to God’s will, His promise is that it will be granted.


If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is still living in darkness. Anyone who loves a fellow believer is living in the light and does not cause others to stumble. But anyone who hates a fellow believer is still living and walking in darkness. Such a person does not know the way to go, having been blinded by the darkness. – 1 John 2:9-11


As Christians, we need to have contentment and gratitude. Let us not compare what we have with what others have. We need to cherish God’s blessing and love others. If we cannot obey God’s commandment to love one another, we cannot be His sheep.


How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world. – Psalms 31:19


The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. – Psalms 23:1


This is the promise of God. If we really revere Him, we lack nothing. Do we fear God or do we demand Him to bless us? If we revere Him, His protection and blessings will exceed our expectations. God will create opportunities for you.


Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. – Matthew 6:33


Jesus said He is the way, the truth and the life. If we seek His righteousness, what we need will be added unto us.


Closing


We need God’s word in our hearts and with His love, we share with others and we edify and encourage one another.


诗篇 34:9 主题: 凡敬畏祂的一无所缺

李长老福音证道 2022年7月3日 诗篇 34:9 9 耶和华的圣民哪,你们当敬畏他, 因敬畏他的一无所缺。

我们一生中要的东西很多,但若仔细审查,很多其实是我们想要的,并非必须需要的。我们总是感慨羡慕他人的生活美满,却忘了存有一颗感恩的心。我们是充满着矛盾的人 - 我们常把知足常乐这四个字挂在嘴边,但真实生活中我们却不这么想,往往觉得自己比不上其他人。俗话说 “人比人气死人”,现实生活中人与人没有可比性,不过问题就在于我们的心里充满着 “我想要...我想要..." 的自我心态。

申命记 29:1-6 1 这是耶和华在摩押地吩咐摩西与以色列人立约的话,是在他和他们于何烈山所立的约之外。 2 摩西召了以色列众人来,对他们说:「耶和华在埃及地,在你们眼前向法老和他众臣仆,并他全地所行的一切事,你们都看见了, 3 就是你亲眼看见的大试验和神迹,并那些大奇事。 4 但耶和华到今日没有使你们心能明白,眼能看见,耳能听见。 5 我领你们在旷野四十年,你们身上的衣服并没有穿破,脚上的鞋也没有穿坏。 6 你们没有吃饼,也没有喝清酒浓酒。这要使你们知道,耶和华是你们的神。 摩西受上帝之命率领以色列人逃离古埃及。在经过红海的时候,神使海水分开,让他们能够渡海如履平地。而在埃及兵追入红海的时候,神使海水合起来,淹没了所有的追兵,使以色列人能够顺利逃脱。严重的问题是他们看到了上帝的神迹,却始终不明白上帝的旨意。 我们也是如此,当我们遇到困难时,我们总要上帝帮助我们,要上帝满足我们一切的需求,却忽略了上帝有祂的执意。因此,我们的不快乐很多时候是因为我们没有把我们的心跟上帝的旨意对齐。


我也想借此机会与各位弟兄姐妹分享我的见证。


见证1 40年前,当我第一次来到小群教会,我能够看见圣灵大大的动工,很多弟兄姐妹被圣灵充满。其中一位弟兄分享在自己的意象里,上帝给了他七把剑。起初的我不是很理解这位弟兄的意象,但后来我认识到圣灵的宝剑就是神的道,而且七这个数字指的也是启示录中上帝列举了的七个教会,在整本圣经中亦是表示完整完美之意 约翰福音15:7 7 你们若常在我里面,我的话也常在你们里面,凡你们所愿意的,祈求,就给你们成就。 如果按上帝的旨意祈求,就会被成就。 见证2 有另一位弟兄分享自己看到的意象里,会有一艘大船赐给我们,让我们坐船出去传福音。于是,当时的我把房子卖了,这位弟兄也把私人别墅抵押给了银行。结果不到两年我们就破产了,受了很大的打击, 也跟弟兄吵了起来,意象也不见了。 我们要意识到圣灵或许会给予我们不同恩赐,但我们的心与上帝有完全地对齐吗?我们是否真的了解上帝的旨意? 之后的我还遇上了意外,不仅钱没了,健康也没了。不过也是在发生意外的9个月后,上帝悄悄地展开了海员事工。20年之后,我们坐了一艘船在太平洋跟印度洋与其他船互相交流,一起在海上敬拜上帝。哈利路亚!因此,我们要切记不要有属灵的骄傲。而是要专注在我们是否能够遵行祂的戒命,彼此相爱,把祂的话语传扬出去。

约翰一书 2:9-11 9 人若说自己在光明中,却恨他的弟兄,他到如今还是在黑暗里。 10 爱弟兄的,就是住在光明中,在他并没有绊跌的缘由。 11 惟独恨弟兄的,是在黑暗里,且在黑暗里行,也不知道往哪里去,因为黑暗叫他眼睛瞎了。 见证3 在一场葬礼,我是翻译员,牧师所讲的每以句话我都听得到,但我就是没法翻译。当下的我充满着害怕,而在分享结束的时候,我看到了一只黑豹向我迎面冲过来。下一面,我感觉自己的血在流,什么都看不见,却能听得见,也感觉灵魂离开了身体,到了一个非常黑的地方。 当我们的心充满着憎恨,不能宽恕他人,我们就像一个没有城墙的城,如同箴言书 25:28 人不制伏自己的心,好像毁坏的城邑没有墙垣。

上帝的恩典、救恩才是最重要的。切莫怀有报复的心。若我们内心都是要跟他人比较,我们注定会失去平安、喜乐。 诗篇 31:19 19 敬畏你、投靠你的人,你为他们所积存的, 在世人面前所施行的恩惠是何等大呢!

马太福音 6:33 33 寻求祂的公义 我们需要的会赐给我们 4大重点 1. 知足常乐 - 时刻不忘感谢上帝赐给我们的 2. 惜福施爱 - 马太福音25里也提到了绵羊跟山羊被分别出来,差别是一个有爱 (绵羊),一个没有爱 (山羊)

3. 助人为乐 4. 证道结果 愿我们大家都能铭记以上四点,也同时认识到我们是需要上帝的恩典,要按照祂的旨意,要有一颗敬畏祂的心,要有上帝的话语在我们心中,并且要跟别人分享福音,彼此鼓励


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