Loyal Love

22-24 God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.

How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He’s all I’ve got left.

God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits,
to the woman who diligently seeks.
It’s a good thing to quietly hope,
quietly hope for help from God.
It’s a good thing when you’re young
to stick it out through the hard times.

When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself.
Enter the silence.
 Bow in prayer.
Don’t ask questions:
 Wait for hope to appear.
Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face.
The “worst” is never the worst.

Why? Because the Master won’t ever walk out and fail to return.
If he works severely, he also works tenderly.
His stockpiles of loyal love are immense.
He takes no pleasure in making life hard,
in throwing roadblocks in the way:

– Lamentations 3:22-33

The Message Version (MSG)

忠貞的愛

22-33 神忠貞的愛不會熄滅,
祂的憐憫也不會窮盡。
袮的慈愛和憐憫每天早晨都是新的,
袮的信實何其廣大!

我要緊靠神(這話我說了再說),
祂是我僅存的所有。
神善待那耐心等候祂,熱切尋求祂的人。

我們應當安靜等候,
安靜地等候那從神而來的幫助……

當生命的路變得難行和沈重時,
要一個人出去,靜思默想,跪下禱告。

不要問什麼,只要等待盼望臨到。
不要躲避困難,要坦然面對。

最糟的,從來都不是最糟的。
為什麼?因為那執掌一切的,
斷不會走開了就不再回來。

如果祂曾嚴厲地責罰,
也必用溫柔去撫恤,
祂不變的愛沒有窮盡,
並不以使人受苦為喜樂,
也不喜歡叫人陷在困難之中。

— 哀三22-33

摘自 畢德生《請你吃聖經》*主題經張天慧醫師修輯整理