这是你的见证吗? IS THIS YOUR TESTIMONY?

     这是你的见证吗?
 
    读经: 
    以赛亚书二十五章1至4、8、9节

    1耶和华啊,你是我的神;我要尊崇你,我要称赞你的名。因为你以忠信诚实行过奇妙的事,成就你古时所定的。

    2你使城变为乱堆,使坚固城变为荒场,使外邦人宫殿的城不再为城,永远不再建造。

    3所以,刚强的民必荣耀你;强暴之国的城必敬畏你。

    4因为当强暴人催逼人的时候,如同暴风直吹墙壁,你就作贫穷人的保障,作困乏人急难中的保障,作躲暴风之处,作避炎热的阴凉。

    8他已经吞灭死亡直到永远。主耶和华必擦去各人脸上的眼泪,又除掉普天下他百姓的羞辱,因为这是耶和华说的。

    9到那日,人必说:看哪,这是我们的神;我们素来等候他,他必拯救我们。这是耶和华,我们素来等候他,我们必因他的救恩欢喜快乐。

    在这之前的十章经文,以赛亚一直讲述神将会如何审判以色列的周遭列国。如今,他突然唱出一首颂赞的诗歌,它其实是他的见证。以赛亚虽然是代表以色列民对神发出颂赞,但它却是从他的  心底发出来的。
    唯有当以色列人真正认识神和他的儿子耶稣基督,他们才能够唱出这首诗歌。我们也是一样,唯有当我们承认耶稣基督是我们的救主和主,我们才能够发自内心地唱出一首新歌及颂赞神。

    作者是为到神在过去所成就的一切,并将来要行的一切而发出由衷的感恩。我们可以按着个人的经历,发出类似前两节的颂赞:

    「主啊,我要再次向你表明,唯独你是我的神。我要为到你的伟大,和你为我所成就的一切颂赞你。主啊,我看见你的作为奇妙,在我还未认识你之前,你已经为到我的生命定下了救恩的计划,并且在历史中一步步地成就它。主啊,感谢你的信实不变。」

     这是你的见证吗?在你决志相信他的时候,你可能还未认识到神为你所做的一切。但当你回望过去,你却清楚看见他的恩手如何一直带领你。他的其中一个目标,是要领你愈来愈紧靠他。

     许多释经家都相信,以色列人终必来到这个境地,就是承认神是他们的神,以致他们会亲口唱出以赛亚书这篇诗歌。但我们又如何呢?我们能否今天就唱出这首诗歌呢?我们能否从心底颂赞这位深爱我们的神,知道他在我们身上成就的一切,都是为着我们的好处和为着彰显他的荣耀?

     祷告:

    主耶稣,求你加添我的信心,使我能唯独信靠你。

    IS THIS YOUR TESTIMONY?

    Bible Reading: 
    Isaiah 25:1-4, 8, 9

    1 O Lord, You are my God.
    I will exalt You,
    I will praise Your name,
    For You have done wonderful things;
    Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.

    2 For You have made a city a ruin,
    A fortified city a ruin,
    A palace of foreigners to be a city no more;
    It will never be rebuilt.

    3 Therefore the strong people will glorify You;
    The city of the terrible nations will fear You.

    4 For You have been a strength to the poor,
    A strength to the needy in his distress,
    A refuge from the storm,
    A shade from the heat;
    For the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

    8 He will swallow up death forever,
    And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces;
    The rebuke of His people
    He will take away from all the earth;
    For the Lord has spoken.

    9 And it will be said in that day:
    “Behold, this is our God;
    We have waited for Him, and He will save us.
    This is the Lord;
    We have waited for Him;
    We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”

     In the previous ten chapters Isaiah has been telling how God was going to deal with the various nations around Israel. Now he breaks out in a song which is really a testimony. It is spoken on behalf of Israel but is also very personal from the heart of Isaiah himself.
    However Israel could only sing these verses when it had come to truly recognise God-what he is-who he is and that his Son is Jesus Christ. So it is with us. Only when we come to recognise Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord does he put a new song in our hearts, even praise to our God.

    These words were spoken out of deep gratitude to God for all he had done and was going to do. We could put the first two verses out of our own experience something like this:

    'Oh Lord I want to tell you again that you and you alone are my God. I want to praise you for all you have meant to me and all you have done for me. I can see now all that you have been doing. You made your plan for my life long ago and you have been working it out day by day even when I could not see or tell what you were doing. Thank you for your faithfulness.'

    Is that your testimony today? You may not have understood all that God was doing but you have come to trust him. As you look back you can see the way his hand has led. His one purpose has been to lead you closer to himself.

    Many Bible teachers believe that Israel will yet come to this place of recognition of God as their God and that they will yet sing this song from Isaiah. But what about ourselves? Can we make these words our own today? Can we in a fresh way put our trust in the God who loves us and wants our good knowing he will only allow what is for our best and for his glory.

    CAN WE SAY IN A NEW WAY TODAY:

    I am trusting thee Lord Jesus, trusting only thee.

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