荒漠甘泉12/11

荒漠甘泉∕12 月 11日

原作∕Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

 

「耶和華的僕人,夜間站在耶和華殿中的....願造天地的耶和華,從錫安賜福給你們。」(詩篇一百三十四篇1/3節)

 

  「夜間站在耶和華殿中」在憂傷中敬拜神實在是一件困難的事情。是的,是困難的,可是裡面蘊藏著祝福

 

  我們在夏日陽光中空中充滿了音樂,樹上結滿了果子的時候敬拜神,是一件容易的事情。但是當小鳥的歌聲停止了,樹上的果子下墜了,我們的心能不能繼續歌唱呢?我們願不願意做夜間站在耶和華殿中的呢?我們會不會再愛祂呢?我們肯不肯在客西馬尼同祂儆醒片時呢?我們肯不肯作古利奈人西門去背祂的十字架呢?我們肯不肯在祂臨死的時候和馬利亞並祂所愛的那門徒一同站在祂旁邊呢?我們肯不肯和尼哥底母一同帶著沒藥和沉香去安葬死的基督呢?

 

  親愛的,如果你肯,願造天地的耶和華,從錫安賜福給你! ── 馬得勝(Geo. Matheson

 
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“Ye servants of the Lord, which by night stand in the hour of the Lord. The Lord that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion.” (Ps. 134:1, 3)

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Strange time for adoration, you say, to stand in God's house by night, to worship in the depth of sorrow--it is indeed an arduous thing. Yes, and therein lies the blessing; it is the test of perfect faith. If I would know the love of my friend I must see what it can do in the winter. So with divine love. It is easy for me to worship in the summer sunshine when the melodies of life are in the air the the fruits of life are on the tree. But let the song of the bird cease and the fruit of the tree fall, and will my heart still go on to sing? Will I stand in God's house by night? Will I love Him in His own right? Will I watch with Him even one hour in His Gethsemane? Will I help to bear His cross up the dolorous way? Will I stand beside Him in His dying moments with Mary and the beloved disciple? Will I be able with Nicodemus to take up the dead Christ? Then is my worship complete and my blessing glorious. My love has come to Him in His humiliation. My faith has found Him in His lowliness. My heart has recognized His majesty through His mean disguise, and I know at last that I desire not the gift but the Giver. When I can stand in His house by night I have accepted Him for Himself alone. --- George Matheson

 

My goal is God Himself, not joy, nor peace, Nor even blessing, but Himself, My God; 'Tis His to lead me there, not mine, but His -- "At any cost, dear Lord, by any road!"

 

So faith bounds forward to its goal in God, And love can trust her Lord to lead her there; Upheld by Him, my soul is following hard Till God hath full fulfilled my deepest prayer.

 

No matter if the way be sometimes dark, No matter though the cost be ofttimes great, He knoweth how I best shall reach the mark, The way that leads to Him must needs be straight.

 

One thing I know, I cannot say Him nay; One thing I do, I press towards my Lord; My God my glory here, from day to day, And in the glory there my Great Reward.

 

 

 

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