I Have Told The Glad News
Am I alone in this? Do you see the story of Jesus Christ our Redeemer and Salvation come to life before your eyes as you read this Bible, and these Psalms in particular? The whole of this wonderful Bible is the redemption of you and me through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Every bit of theology espoused in the New Testament can find its roots in the Old. Now that you and I have been saved by grace, purchased at a high price, what are we to do? We know that Jesus sent all of His disciples, which includes you and me, to tell the world of the good news. This notion, however, is not new.
Psalm 40:9-10 ESV
“I have told the glad news of deliverance
in the great congregation;
behold, I have not restrained my lips,
as you know, O Lord.
I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
from the great congregation.”
Have you hidden the deliverance of Jesus Christ in your heart? Have you concealed the steadfast love and faithfulness of Christ from those whom God would call? I hope not. All humanity was created to be in right relationship with God. Jesus spoke of Himself as living water. Our hearts thirst for God. Separated from God we dry up; we become parched.
Psalm 42:1 ESV
“As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul for you, O God.”
If we have accepted Christ as our Savior then our desire should be as that of David in Psalm 40. We should tell “the glad news of deliverance”; we should not restrain our lips, we should not hide the deliverance of Christ within our hearts; we should speak of His faithfulness and salvation; we should not conceal His steadfast love. Brothers, what have you done with the grace of God? Have you hidden it or have you shouted it to others? The lost and dying world pants for Christ; can we not offer them the river of life? Will you tell them the glad news?
Have a glad news shouting day!
Your brother and servant in Christ,
Dying to self, living to serve!
(Originally posted 6/21/13)