This past Sunday (June 9th) I encouraged all of us to follow the leadership of King David from Psalm 9. David made the willful and intentional decision togive thanks to the LORD with His whole heart, and recount all His wonderful deeds (v.1). He chose to be glad and exult in the LORD, and sing praise to the name of the Most High God (v.2). These were deliberate decisions, not grounded in circumstances but in who the LORD is. With the LORD, there are always numerous reasons to give thanks, recount, be glad and exult, and sing praise.
But we must not let this be merely a private matter. Rather, like David, we ought to tell among the peoples His deeds (v.11). While such public sharing of the glory of God might strike a degree of dread in our hearts, I think we all know it’s good, right, and even natural. That is, when we are delighting in someone/something, we share it. We talk about what we know and love. Think about some examples with me:
- You take a picture of a glorious Arizona sunset and then we share it with others.
- Your grandchild graduates college and you tell others how proud you are.
- You buy a new recreational vehicle or rifle and the next time a friend is over at the house, you show it to your friend.
- You try a new drink at Starbucks or Dutch Brothers, and if it is really good you tell others about it.
The point is we talk about what we know and love. And this is true when someone knows and loves the Most High God. And I want to ask you some of the same questions I asked Sunday to assist you in considering the work of God in your life and recount some of the wonderful deeds of God (v.1) that can be shared with others:
- 9:4 – “For you have maintained my just cause; you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.” Has there been a time when you thought God did not maintain your just cause only to realize later that He did? Recall this wonderful deed & share it today.
- 9:10 – “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” When was a time that you felt forsaken by God but then experienced the healing you were praying for, or a deliverance from some situation, or some relational reconciliation, or even a simple financial miracle? Recall this wonderful deed & share it today.
- 9:12 – “For He who avenges blood is mindful of them; He does not forget the cry of the afflicted.” What is something that you have previously shed tears over that you no longer cry about because of God’s tender care? Recall this wonderful deed & share it today
From just these three verses we all have ample reason to praise the LORD today. He is worthy of all our praise. Let’s tell among the peoples His deeds. You never know who you will encounter today that needs to be told or reminded that Jesus lives and cares — for you and for them.