“Come and hear, all you who fear God, And I will declare what He has done for my soul. I cried to Him with my mouth, And He was extolled with my tongue. If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear. But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer, Nor His mercy from me!”
Psalms 66:16-20 NKJV
One thing that is increasingly rare in the local church today is the testimony service, a time when the saints meet and tell what God is doing in their lives. Most of time, when we think of testimony, we think of the time when we said yes to Jesus and were saved. That is an important thing, indeed, but all too often we have only that story to share. We don’t hear about the day to day work of God in our lives.
Because we do not tell, we miss the example of the manifold power of God in individual lives, transforming and refining lost sinners into sanctified saints bound for heaven.
I think we have the tendency to take the things God does in our lives for granted, as He is faithful, and never failing. The miracle of the sun coming up, of darkness coming at dusk, and the coming of each new day is often missed.
I remember laying in the grass as a child looking up at the sky. I would concentrate on my breath, trying as I might to keep from breathing, only to be defeated by the miracle of respiration.
I have been given the blessing of trial, as my life has few things in it that I can count on. I rely on the Lord, and can take nothing for granted. I rejoice in each morning, as the Lord has chosen to give me another day.
I rejoice in His written word, and the Holy Spirit who helps me to understand. As the Lord has delivered me, I feel driven to tell. This devotion, or reflections is my way of sharing what God has done and what He is teaching me through His word.
“My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And Your salvation all the day, For I do not know their limits. I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only. O God, You have taught me from my youth; And to this day I declare Your wondrous works. Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come.”
Psalms 71:15-18 NKJV
In the dusk of my life, I have made every effort to share what the Lord has revealed to me. I want nothing to be left unsaid, no blessing unshared, no revelation of God’s goodness not communicated to the congregation.
Most importantly, I want those who do not know the Lord, to know that Jesus came to earth, died for our sins, and rose again. How He was eternally changed, and was punished for our sins. I want them to know the peace of God and peace with God bought through the blood of Jesus.
I want them to know that He has been faithful, even when I have not.
I want people to know that He hears my prayers and He answers. One of the benefits of regular prayer is that I get to hear of the answers. I am blessed as I get messages from the people I pray for, telling me how the Lord has moved in a given situation.
Brothers and sisters, we must tell of the Lord’s goodness, of His faithfulness, and His answers to prayer. We are in a world bereft of hope, and many people are making eternal choices as they have given up.
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.”
I Peter 3:15-16 NKJV
Even in the midst of trial and persecution, we are to give a reason for the hope. I am told often that people are praying for my complete healing. They want me to be completely restored in this life.
I long for complete healing on the other side of eternity, as I yearn for the blessed hope, the day that I am glorified in an instant, and all is made new. The trials of this current time in this current body are worth it, if it serves as contrast with the glory to come.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Romans 8:18 NKJV
I tell them of the hope I have now and of the hope there is to come.
“looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”
Titus 2:13-14 NKJV
“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
I Corinthians 15:51-52 NKJV
Tell someone about Jesus today! Happy Sunday!