堅固保障

本文原刊於《舉目》26期

1、上主是我堅固保障,莊嚴雄峻永堅強;
祂領導我安穩前航,助我乘風破駭浪。
惡魔盤踞世上,仍謀興破作浪,猖狂狡猾異常,
殘暴狠毒難防,陰險絕倫真無雙。
A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

2、我若單憑自己力量,自知斷難相對抗;
幸有一人挺身先登,率領著我往前方。
如問此人為誰?乃是基督我王,統管宇宙萬方,
自古萬民共仰,定能將群倫魔掃蕩!
Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God's own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

3、群魔雖然環繞我身,向我盡量施侵凌;
我不懼怕,因神有旨,真理必使我得勝。
幽暗之君雖猛,不足令我心驚,他怒,我能容忍,
日後勝負必分,主言必使他敗亡。
And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

4、主言權力偉大非常,遠勝世上中君王,
聖靈恩典為我所有,因主耶穌在我旁。
親戚財物可捨,渺小浮生可喪,人或殘殺我身,
主道依然興旺,上主國度永久長。
That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God's truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

         馬丁‧路德(Martin Luther,1483-1546)從1517年開始,以無比的耐力和智慧進行教會的革新。人們尊崇他是改革家、政治家、聖經翻譯者、犀利火熱的講道者、 神學家,卻罕知他對聖詩及音樂的貢獻。他從小就聆聽母親歌唱,是熟練各種樂器的歌唱家。當改革開始後,他竭力重建德國教會的崇拜,創作多首聖詩並鼓勵會眾 參與歌頌神。
 
        他說:“聖樂僅次於神的話,是世上最偉大的寶藏。它引導我們的思想、意念、心靈……一個人若不能認識音樂是神奇妙的創造,他 就不配被稱為人……”又,“音樂像一艘船,是傳運思想的工具。對基督徒來說,聖樂更是神學思想之舟”。從此聖詩就和聖經一樣不再束之高閣、純屬神職人員專 有,而普遍為一般信徒所吟唱。

        這首聖詩被稱為“偉大的德國歷史上最偉大的人物所寫的最偉大的聖詩”,也被認為是宗教改革時的戰詩,內容出自《詩篇》46篇。詩中明顯寫出路德與撒但對抗的体驗。他在艱苦改革的過程中常常對同工的弟兄說,“來吧!腓力,讓我們來唱《詩篇》46篇!”

        包括美國艾森豪總統在內,許多基督徒的安息禮拜中常愛用這首聖詩。它使哀傷人的眼光,再次定睛在耶穌基督那位得勝的救主身上;使我們在痛苦中以信心重新仰望神,讓永不改變的全能真神成為我們的避難所、盾牌、磐石和堅固保障。

作者周瑞芳,女中音,大陸事工傳道人。現任教中華基督教音樂崇拜研究院。請上網聆聽: http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/m/i/mightyfo.htm ,並歡迎收聽作者主持的聖詩節目“迴聲谷”: www.cgbc.org )。中國時間每週一及週五24小時網上播放。現已壓縮錄製成CD,需要者請與華播聯繫:電話310-539-1405。E-mail: andrinak@cgbc.org

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