I will declare your name to my people; in the assembly I will praise you. Psalm 22:22
In this world there are lots of things that a person can talk about from day to day. One of the many things that people like to talk about is other people. The people they talk about can be people they really know or just people that they know about, but they like to talk about others.
Among the teenagers the talk is often about actors, actresses, and singers, alongside of talking about other teens around them. Among the adults, the talk is often about politicians and other people around them.
The talk is often about how they like or do not like the person and why. If they don’t like them, it can often lead to an argument as to who is right or wrong.
David had been going through a tough time. Many were questioning his God. Yet, David says that he will declare, or talk about, God to the people. He will not stop praising Him among the people. He wanted to lift God up.
Believers have a message to talk about. They have someone that they can declare to this world. The world does not know God or Jesus. They do not know what they can do or what has been already done for them. Every believer can take every opportunity to let the world know the truth, without fear or shame.
Some people will refuse to listen and believe, but there will be others who will listen and believe. Each one needs to be given the chance to hear and believe. However, each believer needs to do his part in giving that message. This is lifting Jesus up for the world to see.
Going throughout your day, you will have opportunities to talk to other people. The question is what will you talk about? It is easy to just talk about the day to day things and the news, but time must be taken to declare the name of Jesus. Bring Jesus into the picture in every conversation you have.
Allow God’s name to be praised and lifted up before this fallen world. Give others a chance to know who Jesus is and what He has done for you and for them.
You have opportunities to shine your light in this dark world with praise. Don’t let that opportunity go to waste.
I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that God will fill you with His boldness to declare the name of Jesus to this world; that many will hear of Jesus and turn to Him; and that you words will lift up Jesus.
I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. Psalm 89:1
There are many movies that show a man or woman who has just fallen deeply in love with someone. As they have fallen in love, they break out in song singing about that love. Then they start to tell everyone about that new-found love.
One classic movie that shows this is found in “My Fair Lady,” when Eliza sings the song “I Could Have Danced All Night.” She has fallen in love with Professor Higgins and sings late into the night, loudly, letting all the servants know what she is feeling. There is no shame or fear in her words.
Not everyone actually sings in public when they fall in love with someone, but in their hearts they are singing. Many will sing in private, but all will tell others about their new-found love.
The author of this psalm is singing about God’s love. He has discovered a love that passes all other loves. He has also learned of God’s great faithfulness and wants to tell everyone about it.
Every believer has learned of God’s love and faithfulness. It is those very things that draws a person to God.
In your own life you had to have experienced some of God’s love for you to have become a believers. Think about how great God’s love is for you. You deserved nothing but painful punishment and death, yet God forgave you and gave you abundant life.
Along with that love, you have learned of His faithfulness. God has met needs of yours. He has answered many of your prayers. He has never failed to be by your side and meet every need you have, not necessarily every wish, but the needs.
With these things in mind, you should be more than willing to break out in a love song to God. You should also be willing to tell others about His faithfulness and love. Do not be ashamed.
Think of a time when you were in love with someone. How did you act? What did you do?
In that same way act and do even more so for God. Sing and tell others about God today.
I pray today that you will know God’s great love for you; that you will see God’s faithfulness; that you will not be ashamed of God; and that you will tell the world about God.