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PSALM 40:1-3, a Psalm of David

“I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.
He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock,
And established my steps.
He has put a new song in my mouth —
Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear,
And will trust in the Lord”(Psalm 40:1-3).

Most of us, when in a terrible situation, eventually cry out to the Lord after we’ve exhausted our other possible sources of help. Not David. He cried out almost immediately to God for assistance. In faith, with patience, he waited for God’s help. He was in a horrible pit situation, perhaps being pursued by a jealous King Saul and his army. David couldn’t even move. He was stuck, as in heavy, mucky clay. Yet he didn’t despair because he knew God would help Him.

God did more than rescue David. He set him on safe, solid ground and guided his next moves — indeed, when David permitted, God directed his entire life. The Lord had a powerful effect on David’s outlook on life. David made a habit of giving God the credit — of praising Him. Often we, too, praise God after he’s rescued us. This is a form of worship God loves to receive.

Those who witness God snatch us from harm and hear us praise God will be in awe of God and put their trust in Him.

In my coming novel, THE CASTING OF CROWNS, John typifies many wordly, young men. He trusts in himself, not in God. Whereas, John’s girlfriend, Carissa, develops a growing relationship with Jesus, learning to lean on Jesus. You can see the friction. Will John swing toward God and what other challenges and dangers does Carissa face in this Last Days scenario?

Why do you feel it’s difficult today for people to abandon their own efforts in the face of trouble and instead lean on the Lord? Please feel free to comment.

(Quoted Scripture from NKJV.)

WHO WILL GO

What higher calling can Christians receive, than to be commissioned to teach others about our precious Savior Jesus? This calling is, in fact, our duty. Will you go?

When Jesus commissioned His disciples He said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age”(Matt 28:18-20). The commission extends to all his followers. This Great Commission was brought front and center in a sermon delivered at my church this past Sabbath.

On reflection, I realized the importance of our telling others about Jesus. Can anyone grow as a Christian if they don’t share their faith? It is like a muscle that needs to be used to grow strong. Can we love others if we don’t share Jesus with them? Is the teaching to be left up to the ministers alone or are we all expected to pass on what we know about Jesus? The Biblical truths we’ve been taught, Biblical nuggets we’ve discovered individually, and precious truths God has communicated to us through our personal experiences are all ripe for teaching.

Jesus’ admonition to not hide our lights under a bushel basket echoes sharing of our faith by modeling our Christianity.

The process of our calling involves accepting the call, and then taking action by helping our co-workers in Christ deliver the rich, saving message concerning Him. This is to prepare them for baptism, bringing them into the Body of Christ.

It seems like a hefty job to broadcast the Good News to all the world. But this we know — Christ promised in the Great Commission to be with us. We don’t have to worry. He is, in His love for souls, right beside us.

(Quoted Scripture from NKJV.)

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