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7/24/2022 靈修分享 ~譚李麗梅執事

什麼是敬拜? 試用一句話描述你認為的敬拜是什麼。 你有最喜歡的敬拜歌曲嗎? 是什麼讓它對你如此特別? 我有很多喜愛的敬拜歌曲,我什至不能只選擇一個,但我一直痴迷於耶穌文化的「屋頂」。 在周日早上的禮拜或教堂發生的事情中很容易想到敬拜。 但這只是對敬拜的重要性的一個很小的窺視。 敬拜實際上是一種生活方式,而不是一個事件。 這是我們一生都在做的事情,通過感恩、恆心、管家、態度、關係和對話。 這並不意味著我們一直在唱歌,或者我們只談論屬靈的事情。 這意味著無論我們做什麼,我們都會用它來榮耀上帝。


我們所有人都生活在一個待辦事項清單的世界中。醒來,查看辦事清單。去完成任務,再查看待辦事清單。打掃房屋。查看清單。與家人共度時光,與朋友閒逛,然後回去睡覺。再檢查任務清單,檢查再檢查。但我們的存在不僅僅是為了查看待辦事項清單。我們的存在是為了榮耀神。敬拜,以神為樂,是最直接的方式之一。這是讚美上帝的身份以及祂所做令人驚奇的事情。你可能已經聽說過,但我還是要說:敬拜不是唱歌(至少,不僅僅是唱歌)。這是一整天的日常。但有些人也用更具體的方式使用「敬拜」這個詞:描述一群跟隨基督的人聚在一起,用音樂表達他們對上帝的讚美。敬拜的心來自與耶穌有深厚、根深蒂固的關係。從這種關係中流露出對上帝的喜悅,我們稱之為敬拜。這不僅僅是知道或做正確的事情。試想一下,不把任何歌詞放在心上,跟著讚美歌一起唱是多麼容易。敬拜是關於專注於上帝,沉思你與祂的關係,讓祂的愛從你的生活中傾瀉而出。要深入地與基督相遇,你必須放慢腳步,專注於耶穌。有時這包括唱歌,但你可能以完全不同的方式敬拜上帝:如寫日記、繪畫、服務、聖經學習、沉默,甚至通過與家人和朋友共度時光(如果這樣做是為了榮耀上帝)。您甚至可以在乘坐公共汽車、鼓勵朋友或打掃房子的同時仍然敬拜上帝。這是關於讓你的生活(你的行為、你的言語、你的想法)與上帝保持一致。


路加福音 10:38-42 是關於兩個姐妹,她們都是耶穌的朋友,以及她們對作為家中客人的耶穌的反應有多麼不同。 馬利亞放慢腳步,坐在耶穌腳前傾聽、學習和欣賞祂的同在,但馬大更關心的是成為完美的女主人,並根據她的文化期望做正確的事情。 乍一看,馬大為客人辛勤做準備似乎是對的,但耶穌的回應表明祂更喜歡馬利亞對祂的存在的態度和反應。 我們可以從這些經文中看到,敬拜不僅僅是外在的行為。 它始於正確的心,正確的焦點和正確的心態。


既然您對敬拜有了更多的了解,請寫下您要培養敬拜的心並有意識地敬拜上帝的一種方式。 嘗試具體說明您將做什麼以及何時做。

  詩篇 95:6: 來啊 ,我們要屈身敬拜,在造我們的耶和華面前跪下。

  詩篇 19:14: 耶和華─我的磐石,我的救贖主啊,願我口中的言語、心裡的意念在你面前蒙悅納。


Translation:


Deaconess Michelle Tam


What is worship? Describe what you think worship is in one sentence. Do you have a favorite worship song? What makes it so special to you? I have so many favorites that I can’t even choose just one but I’ve been obsessed with “Rooftops” by Jesus Culture. It’s easy to think of worship in the context of a Sunday morning service or something that happens at church. But that’s a very small peek into the magnitude of worship. Worship is actually a lifestyle, not an event. It’s something that we do with our whole lives, through thankfulness, perseverance, stewardship, attitudes, relationships, and conversation. It doesn’t mean that we sing all the time or that we only talk about spiritual things. It means that whatever we do, we honor God with it.


All of us live in a world of to-do lists. Wake up. Check. Go to work. Check. Clean the house. Check. Spend time with family, hang out with friends, and go back to sleep. Check, check, and check. But we don’t exist just to check things off a to-do list. We exist to bring glory to God. Worship, delighting in God, is one of the most direct ways to do this. It’s praising God for who he is and the amazing things he’s done. You’ve probably heard this already, but I’ll say it anyways: worship isn’t about singing (at the very least, it’s not just about singing.) It’s an all-day, everyday thing. But some people also use the word “worship” in a more specific way: to describe the time when a bunch of followers of Christ get together and, using music, express their praise of God. A heart for worship comes from having a deep, rooted relationship with Jesus. Out of that relationship flows an outpouring of delight in God, which we call worship. It’s not just about knowing or doing the right things. Just imagine how easy it is to sing along to a praise song without taking any of the words to heart. Worship is about focusing on God, meditating on your relationship with him, and letting his love pour out of your life. To encounter Christ in a deep way, you have to slow down and pay attention to Jesus. Sometimes this involves singing, but you might worship God in an entirely different way: journaling, painting, acts of service, Bible study, silence, or even through spending time with family and friends (if it’s done to the glory of God). You can even be riding the bus, encouraging a friend, or cleaning the house and still be worshipping God. It’s about aligning your life (your actions, your words, your thoughts) with God.


Luke 10:38-42 is about two sisters, both friends of Jesus, and how differently they responded to Jesus as a guest in their home. Mary slowed down and sat at the feet of Jesus to listen, learn and appreciate His presence, but Martha was more concerned with being the perfect hostess and doing the right things according to her culture’s expectations. At first glance, it seems like Martha is doing the right thing by finishing the preparations for her guest but Jesus’ response show that He preferred Mary’s reaction to His presence. We can see from these verses that worship is not just about outward action. It starts with the right heart, right focus and right mindset.


Now that you know more about worship, write down one way you are going to grow your heart for worship and intentionally worship God. Try to be specific with what you will do and when you will do it.


“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!” Psalms 95:6


“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalms 19:14


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