Scattered: Day 17
Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done. Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts.
As I was studying this Psalm I was struck by the first lines of verses 1 and 2. They read “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name” and “Sing to Him, sing praise to Him”. These phrases read almost as commands. I thought “How interesting that David starts with this. . No greeting or invitation into God’s loving presence; simply a non-negotiable call to Praise. Yet here I believe that David is setting us a precedent; whatever we are about to bring to God, let’s ensure that praise proceeds it. I was challenged to consider if praise leads the way in my life and I felt the Holy Spirit impress this question upon my heart: Are there areas of my life where I am not leading with praise?
David goes on to commission believers to testify of God’s faithfulness, encouraging them them to ‘make known among the nations what He has done’ and to ‘tell of His wonderful acts’. At the time of writing this might have looked like the Israelites sharing how God had split seas, navigated deserts, rained food from heaven and provided a new homeland for their ancestors when delivering them from slavery [Exodus 14:21; Exodus 13:21; Joshua 1-24]. Indeed, believers like the Israelites passing this testimony through the generations has contributed to the gospel falling upon our ears thousands of years later. Similarly, through our obedience to the commissioning of David – and the great commission of Christ to share the truth of Jesus with all nations [Matthew 28:19] – that those in days to come might learn of God’s faithfulness.
Our testimonies hold salvation power and sharing them could lead others from darkness in to light. So may we ask ourselves this question today:
What does my testimony of God’s faithfulness look like? Am I committed to sharing this testimony?
As we come to the end of our ‘scattered’ series this month let’s remember that the great commission remains simple and unchanged. From Old Testament to New, God simply asks this of us; speak to your world about My faithfulness. I pray today that God would give you opportunities to share your testimony and that He would guide you through these conversations .