Keeping Your Testimony Current.
“Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me.” – Psalm 66:16 NLT
What has God done for you lately? That should be an easy question for any Christ-follower to answer. Because the reality is, God is acting on our behalf each and every day in countless ways. But the sad truth is that we oftentimes fail to see His hand in our lives. Other times we simply fail to ask for God’s assistance with the affairs of life. We go it alone. We muddle on through life, attempting to take on all our problems on our own, ignoring the ready availability of His power, grace and mercy. For many of us, our testimony is a dusty, faded photograph that captures some event that happened years ago in our lives. It was momentous, life-changing and an unforgettable experience, but it is still a distant memory. Much time has passed since our conversion experience. We have lived more years than we would like to remember, experienced the ups and downs of life, and, hopefully, grown in our knowledge and understanding of God. But if someone walked up and asked us what God had done for us lately, what would we have to say? How would we answer?
For David, it would have been a simple question and he would have had a ready response. He said, “Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me” (Psalm 66:16 NLT). David had a story to tell, a recollection to recount, of what God had done in his life. And as we have worked our way through the Psalms of David, we have seen plenty of proof that David had ample stories to share of God’s goodness, grace, mercy, power and provision. God was actively involved in David’s life. His response to the question, “What has God done for you lately?,” would probably have been, “How much time do you have?” In this Psalm David talks of the glory of God’s name. He expresses how glorious God is. He exclaims, “How awesome are your deeds!” (Psalm 66:3 NLT). He invites others to “Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles he performs for people!” (Psalm 66:5 NLT). David can recount what God has done in the past for His people. But David can also share what God has done more recently in his own life. And that is the story most people want and need to hear. A lost and dying world is looking for a living, active God who is engaged on a daily basis with those who worship Him. Our salvation story is significant, don’t misunderstand me. But God didn’t stop saving us at conversion. He is still redeeming, rescuing, refining and restoring us each and every day of our lives. He is disciplining us, teaching us, constantly forgiving us, leading and directing us, healing and helping us, and daily molding us into the likeness of His Son. Like David, we should be able to say, “Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me.” We are proof of God’s presence. Our daily lives should be evidence of His love, grace, mercy, power, forgiveness and, ultimately, of His existence. So what has God done for you lately? Great! Now go tell someone.
Father, You have given me ample stories to tell of Your presence in my life. Forgive me for not telling others. You have proven Yourself faithful to me time and time again, but I don’t always pass that news along to those around me. Place in me a growing desire to sing Your praises to all those willing to listen. Create in me a desire to talk You up on a consistent basis. May I become increasingly more a satisfied customer – the best advertising of Your power, presence and provision. Amen
Grow Pastor & Minister to Men