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愛慕神的話

蕭壽華牧師

詩篇第 119 篇是聖經中極寶貴的經文,全篇充滿了詩人愛慕神話語的描寫、勸導。釋經學者馬太亨利曾提議,詩篇第 119 篇共有 176 節,若我們每天默想一節,一年內我們便可默想全篇兩次,而每天的默想亦必然會激勵我們持久渴求真理的心。

詩人如何愛慕神的話?「我時常切慕祢的典章,甚至心碎。」(20 節)「我何等愛慕祢的律法,終日不住的思想。」(97 節)

無論環境如何,詩人的內心仍是熱烈渴慕主的話,那種渴慕的熾熱度,甚至詩人感到會被「融化」。他愛神的話,表現於他每天不住默想神話語一事上,他認為神的話「勝於金子,更勝於精金」(127 節),因此他懇求:「求祢使我的心趨向祢的法度,不趨向非義之財。」(36 節)

為甚麼詩人有如此渴慕的心呢?因為他知道「祢的法度是我所喜樂的,是我的謀士」(24 節),當他把神的話常存在心之時,便「比仇敵有智慧」、「比我的師傅更通達」、「比年老的更明白」(98-100 節)。詩人並不是要輕看別人,而是肯定神的話語比世上一切的聰明、學識、經驗更重要。

另一方面,詩人渴慕神的話,是因為他清楚知道,他必須讓神的話指示他如何分辨善惡,也成為他謹慎腳步的力量。「求祢用祢的話使我腳步穩當,不許甚麼罪孽轄制我。」(133節)「祢的話是我腳前的燈,是我路上的光。」(105 節)相對地,他也知道若要領受生命之道,他必須要保守自己遠離罪,「我禁止我腳走一切的邪路,為要遵守祢的話」(101 節)。

當面對惡劣的環境,詩人仍要專一尋求主的話:「惡人等待我,要滅絕我,我『卻要』揣摩祢的法度。」(95 節)「我微小,被人藐視,卻不忘記祢的訓詞。」(141節)這正是詩人得力的秘訣!

讓我們同心呼求主:「耶和華啊,求祢將祢的律例指教我,我必遵守到底。」(33 節)

(本文摘自蕭牧師著作《牧野心路》)






Pastor's Sharing
Desiring the Word of God
Rev Gordon Siu

Psalm 119 is a most precious passage in the Bible. It is filled with portrayals and exhortations on desiring the Word of God. Biblical exegete Matthew Henry has suggested that if we meditate one of the 176 verses in Psalm 119 every day, we will complete the entire psalm twice within one year. And each day, we will be spurred on in a sustained quest for the truth.

How much does the psalmist admire the Word of God? "My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times" (Psalm 119:20). "Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long" (v.97).

Whatever the circumstances, the psalmist is filled with passion for the Word of God. The longing is so great that the psalmist feels he is consumed. His love of God's Word is reflected in his daily meditation on His Word. The psalmist loves God's commands "more than gold, more than pure gold" (v.127). So, he pleaded, "Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain" (v.36).

Why such longing? It is because he knows "Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors" (v.24). With the Word of God in his heart, the psalmist is "wiser than my enemies," has "more insight than all my teachers" and "more understanding than the elders" (vv.98-100). The psalmist is not despising other people but affirming the value of God's Word as greater than that of any wisdom, knowledge or experience on earth.

On the other hand, the psalmist longs for the Word of God because he knows well that he must let the Word of God help him discern right and wrong, and be the strength to direct his footsteps. "Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me" (v.133). "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path" (v.105). On the contrary, he knows that if he is to receive the Word of life, he must steer clear of evil: "I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word" (v.101).

Despite difficult circumstances, the psalmist still focuses on seeking the Word of God, "The wicked are waiting to destroy me, but I will ponder your statutes" (v.95). "Though I am lowly and despised, I do not forget your precepts" (v.141). That is how the psalmist obtains his strength.

Let us call out to God, "Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end" (v.33).

[The original Chinese article is taken from 《牧野心路》(Listen to the Heart of A Shepherd) by Rev. Gordon Siu, published by North Point Alliance Church in 1993]