每日诗歌: 天使心 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Feoj8LEeT7I)
在诗篇119篇的中间部分，诗人不可避免地谈到了苦难。有些苦难是我们自己走迷了路所造成的（诗119:67），但所有这些都与我们有益（诗119:71）。苦难的目的是为了让我们照着神的旨意学习神的律例。但神如何用苦难使我们得益处呢？他用苦难扩大我们的心胸。“你开广我心的时候，我就往你命令的道上直奔” (诗119:32, ESV). 所有的苦难，如果我们以谦卑的态度面对，就有扩大我们心胸的果效。这就是为什么大卫向神呼吁说，在困苦中你曾“使我宽广”（诗4:1），并且这也是为什么以撒在受到非利士人如此不公平的对待之后给那井起名叫“利河伯”，希伯来文的意思就是宽阔。
使徒保罗经过苦难而表现出一个极其宽广的心。“被人咒骂，我们就祝福；被人逼迫，我们就忍受；被人毁谤，我们就善劝” (林前4:12-13)。他为主经受了许多磨难，但最终他依然能够说，他是“似乎忧愁，却是常常快乐的；似乎贫穷，却是叫许多人富足的；似乎一无所有，却是样样都有的” (林后6:10). 他的秘密是什么呢？“哥林多人哪，我们向你们，口是张开的，心是宽宏的”（林后6:11）。如此宽宏的心深深地打动我。
Psalm 119:49-104 [Read]
Corinthians 4 [Read]
What kind of personality trait attracts you the most? I am sure the answer varies greatly from person to person, depending on our own personality and upbringing environment. To me, the thing attracts me the most is a broad heart. Ever since I was young, I have been amazed by the ancient Chinese saying of “you can sail a boat in the governor’s belly”. The picture beautifully conveys a deep wisdom handed down through generations.
In the middle part of Psalm 119, the psalmist inevitably talks about afflictions. Some afflictions are caused by our own ignorance (Ps 119:67), but all are for our own benefit (119:71). The purpose of afflictions is to learn about God’s decree, which is based on God’s will. But how does God use afflictions to bring us benefits? He broadens our heart with afflictions. “I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart!” (119:32, ESV). All the afflictions, if we face them with humility, can have the effect of broadening our heart. That’s why David called on God to “make me broad” from his distress (Ps 4:1), and that’s also why Isaac named the well “Rehoboth”, the same word as “broad” in Hebrew, after being so unfairly treated by the Philistines.
Apostle Paul showed an extremely broad heart through afflictions. “When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly” (1Cor 4:12-13). He went through many troubles for the sake of the Lord, but at the end he could still say he was “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything” (2 Cor 6:10). What was his secret? “We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you” (2Cor 6:11). Such a broad heart impresses me greatly.
Many of our troubles in life were made worse with a narrow heart, whereas, in fact, those troubles were meant to broaden our heart so we may benefit from them. On the other hand, even a blessing can sometimes be turned into a curse simply due to a narrow heart. Jealousy, envy, bitterness, slander, all of these can destroy our lives simply because we don’t have a broad heart. I long for a broad heart, and I pray for all to have a broad heart as God’s word promised: “I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commandment is exceedingly broad” (Ps 119:96, ESV).
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