每日诗歌: 十架七言 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaJyGW4555I)
作为一个犹太人，保罗能了解在历史上他们的祖宗经过旷野的这种感受。神供给他百姓灵食（林前10:3）和灵水（10:4）。“但他们中间多半是神不喜欢的人，所以在旷野倒毙”(10:5) 。 他们肯定尝到了神的同在的滋味。而所有这些事作为鉴戒写在经上以警戒读者，这包括那时的以色列人和今天的我们，神的同在不应该被轻忽。神的祝福和神的管教是同一枚硬币的两面，两者缺一不可。
Psalm 139 [Read]
Psalm 140 [Read]
Psalm 141 [Read]
Corinthians 10 [Read]
Even to this day, I still vividly remember that Sunday afternoon. My wife and I were driving home from church. While chatting, we came to the intersection right by my seminary. The traffic light was already green before I came to the junction. Being the only car on the road, normally I would have sped up by then. But strangely I was slowing down that day. Then, I realized that it was green in my direction. Just when I was about to step on the gas pedal, a pickup truck drove across the intersection in full speed right, obviously running the red light. My wife and I were speechless, for we realized that our lives were mysteriously spared.
“You hem me in – behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me” (Ps 139:5). The immanence of God is something that we all have mixed feeling with. On the one hand, we really want God to be by our side every day of our life to comfort, counsel, protect, and guide us, like a loving father to his children. On the other hand, we are terrified in thinking about his justified reaction when he sees our every move, hears our every word, and searches our every thought, knowing they cannot possibly meet God’s standard (139:1-4).
As a Jew, Paul knew such feeling through the wilderness history. God provided his people with spiritual food (1Cor 10:3) and spiritual drink (10:4) in the wilderness. “Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered over the desert” (10:6). They surely got a taste of the immanence of God. And all those things were written as examples to warn the readers, both Israel then and us now, that the immanence of God should not be taken lightly. God’s blessings and God’s discipline are two sides of the same coin, and one cannot have one without the other.
However, he is faithful and merciful, and “he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities” (Ps 103:10). The tears from discipline may last through the night, but we shall shout with joy in the morning. I am grateful for his transcendence, for “all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Ps 139:16). But I am even more grateful for his immanence, so he may “search me and know my heart” and “lead me in the way everlasting” (139:24). Amen!
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