Psalms 34:1-3 “(A Psalm of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed.) I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.”
Action is often the best testimony to the words we speak.
To preach the Word of God to those in need is indeed admirable. But to live out that which we preach brings weight to our words.
David was not a ‘closet Christian’. He did not hide who he was or who it was he worshipped. He made it known to all that he served the God of Heaven.
As a young man, he brought food to his brothers as they stood aligned in battle against the Philistine army. When he heard their champion, Goliath, come forward and defy the God of Heaven, his love for God rose up and said to all around him; “Is there not a cause?”
Was his faith so extreme and his belief in God so extraordinary?
His faith was born out of a confidence that when he rose to defend that which was given in his hand, God supplied. His faith saw Goliath as any other that would stand against his God.
1 Samuel 17:37 “David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.”
We see in this day and age, businesses and even our own government rise up to defy the God of Heaven. There is a state in our Union that wants to outlaw the Bible; the Word of God. Because we may not see any opposition in the news, does not mean that there is none.
There has never been a more clearer need for God’s people to stand. We must be visible; vibrant, and vocal.
Visible to live out that which we say is godly, righteous and holy. Refusing to take part in worldliness. Separating and sanctifying ourselves to be and to do all that God has asked us and commanded us to do.
Vibrant in that we are genuinely filled with the Holy Spirit; ready and willing to give anyone and everyone a reason for the hope that is in us!
Vocal in that we take up the command to be His witnessess here on this earth.
David was not afraid to give God the credit. He said:
“…I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD”
Can those around us convict us of being Christian by the very words we speak?
Is there evidence of our faith in our actions before a lost and dying world?
They need what we have – salvation in Jesus Christ. It is what will not change, but transform them. We cannot and must not bemoan or criticize their condition. They cannot help it – they are victims of our enemy. They have fallen prey to the bondage of sin.
We have the key.
John 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”
First and foremost, Christ must be lifted up in our lives. We must give Him the preeminence – first place.
“My soul shall make her boast in the LORD”
When you and I brag on God, He gets the glory. We must share how God is a God that answers prayer – which means we must pray.
We must tell how He is a God that saves. If He saved us, we need to give our testimony early and often.
When we get victory over sin, we need to tell all who will hear.
Lester Roloff was an evangelist who championed the cause of troubled children. He had many homes across the United States that helped young men and women find a path, a purpose and God’s promise. He was a big proponent of praise in song and testimony. Every service had as much music or more than preaching. He has been known to have said;
“I can praise down more than I can pray down!”
Many of those young men and women are still serving God today because they found God to be real and faithful. If God is that to you, speak up and speak out.
Tell someone of His love toward you.
Tell how God found you and showed you His love. How He saved you and set your feet on the right path.
Psalms 40:1-3 “(To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.”