God secures our hope in His unchanging character.
永恒不变的上帝,让我们满有盼望。
Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. Psalm 146:5
以雅各的上帝为帮助、仰望耶和华他上帝的,这人便为有福!-诗篇146篇5节
The week before Christmas, two months after my mom died, holiday shopping and decorating sat at the bottom of my priority list. I resisted my husband’s attempts to comfort me as I grieved the loss of our family’s faith-filled matriarch. I sulked as our son, Xavier, stretched and stapled strands of Christmas lights onto the inside walls of our home. Without a word, he plugged in the cord before he and his dad left for work.
圣诞节前一周,我的母亲刚过世二个月,我仍沉溺在哀伤中,圣诞购物和家庭布置,完全被我抛诸脑后。我拒绝丈夫的安慰,为着失去坚定爱主的母亲而伤痛。当我们的儿子赛维尔将圣诞灯饰挂在家里的墙壁上时,我愠怒不语。儿子没有说什么,只在他和我丈夫出门上班之前,将灯饰接上电源。
As the colorful bulbs blinked, God gently drew me out of my darkness. No matter how painful the circumstances, my hope remained secure in the light of God’s truth, which always reveals His unchanging character.
五颜六色的圣诞灯饰闪烁着,上帝温柔地将我从忧伤的黑暗里拉了出来。无论身处于多么痛苦的境况,我的盼望在上帝真理的光中依然稳固,上帝的话语总是显明祂永恒不变的属性。
Psalm 146 affirms what God reminded me on that difficult morning: My endless “hope is in the Lord,” my helper, my mighty and merciful God (v. 5). As Creator of all, He “remains faithful forever” (v. 6). He “upholds the cause of the oppressed,” protecting us and providing for us (v. 7). “The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down” (v. 8). He “watches over” us, “sustains” us, and will always be King (vv. 9–10).
在那个艰难的早晨,诗篇146篇呼应了上帝对我的提醒:我无尽的盼望是在于耶和华,祂是我的帮助,我全能又有怜悯的上帝(5节);祂是全地的创造主,“祂守诚实,直到永远”(6节);“祂为受屈的伸冤”,保守、供应我们(7节);“耶和华扶起被压下的人”(8节);祂“保护”我们、“扶持”我们,并要作王直到永远(9-10节)。
Sometimes, when Christmas rolls around, our days will overflow with joyful moments. Sometimes, we’ll face loss, experience hurt, or feel alone. But at all times, God promises to be our light in the darkness, offering us tangible help and everlasting hope.
有时候,当圣诞节临近时,我们的日子喜乐满溢;有时候,我们会面对失落,经历痛苦和伤害,或是感到孤独。但无论何时,上帝已经应许,祂要成为我们在黑暗中的光,祂会给我们切实的帮助和永恒的盼望。
Father God, thanks for inviting us to know and rely on Your unchanging character as the source of our eternal hope.
天父,谢谢祢,邀请我们来认识祢、
倚靠祢永恒不变的属性,让我们拥有永恒的盼望。

Psalm 146

Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord, my soul.
I will praise the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.
He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them—
he remains faithful forever.
He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the foreigner
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
10 The Lord reigns forever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord.

诗篇 146

146 你们要赞美耶和华!我的心哪,你要赞美耶和华!
我一生要赞美耶和华,我还活的时候要歌颂我的神。
你们不要倚靠君王,不要倚靠世人,他一点不能帮助。
他的气一断,就归回尘土,他所打算的当日就消灭了。
雅各的神为帮助,仰望耶和华他神的,这人便为有福!
耶和华造天、地、海和其中的万物,他守诚实直到永远。
他为受屈的申冤,赐食物于饥饿的。耶和华释放被囚的,
耶和华开了瞎子的眼睛,耶和华扶起被压下的人,耶和华喜爱义人。
耶和华保护寄居的,扶持孤儿和寡妇,却使恶人的道路弯曲。
10 耶和华要做王直到永远,锡安哪,你的神要做王直到万代。你们要赞美耶和华!

INSIGHT

Psalm 146 is a psalm of contrasts. But the opening and closing phrases of the chapter are identical: “Praise the Lord.” This literary technique is called an inclusio. An inclusio sets the framework for understanding the content in between. In the case of Psalm 146, that framework is praising the Lord.
In verses 1–4 the author describes the frailty and ineffectiveness of the strength of humans—they are a breath; they cannot save. Then comes the contrast. In verses 5–9 God is described as the Maker and Ruler of everything. And specifically in verses 7–9 the author says that the Lord watches over and protects those who are in trouble. What greater reason to praise the Lord than that He does for us what we cannot do for ourselves!
In the midst of difficult circumstances the Lord is faithful. How can you remind yourself and others of this today?

灵粮透视

诗篇146篇的内容充满了对比,但其开头和结尾却都是“你们要赞美耶和华!”这种文学技巧称为“首尾呼应”,这样的结构是建构一个框架,有助于读者理解其间的内容。对于诗篇146篇来说,其框架就是要赞美耶和华。
在第1-4节中,诗人阐述了人的能力是软弱无用的:人只是凭一口气存活;人无法带来真正的帮助。接下来就是一连串的对比:第5-9节,诗人把上帝描述为万有的创造者和全地的主宰;第7-9节,诗人说耶和华看顾并保护那些饱受患难的人。耶和华为我们成就人手所不能行的事,这就是我们要赞美耶和华最好的理由!
在艰难的境况中,耶和华诚然信实可靠。今天你将如何以此提醒自己和别人呢?
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