Tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders he has done…so that they should set their hope in God…(Psalm 78:4,7 ESV).
There are many imperatives in the Bible which encourage believers to tell others about God – his character, his love, his glorious deeds. And how could they not? In the Old Testament he delivered them from floods, lions, furnaces, and bondage and provided guidance with pillars of clouds and fire. Food fell like dew or blew in across the desert. God even produced fresh drinking water from a rock!
In the New Testament, God incarnated himself in the person of Jesus Christ who healed people, restored limbs, and even made the dead come to life. If we witnessed a dead person rise from their casket, we would totally post it on Facebook.
But what glorious deeds do I have to tell? As I consider this question, the Holy Spirit prompts my memory…
- God lifted me from my pit of self-pity and despair as a teenager, filling me with the conviction of his love for me
- He almost instantly replaced my anger and rage with peace and self-control
- He filled me with a desire to know more about him – I have an insatiable appetite for his word
- His Spirit convicts me of sin in a gentle way, humbling me into submission because of his steadfast and unconditional love for me
- God has satisfied my heart’s deepest longings – for security, loving human relationships, reconciliation, hope
- He has enabled me to seek and grant forgiveness
- He has filled my heart with a supernatural love for others
- God hears and answers me when I cry out to him.
It’s good to acknowledge the hand of God in my life, but why? Back to Psalm 78, so that they should set their hope in God.
If I don’t tell others, how can they hear? I write this confidently, but when I sit face to face with friends who don’t know God personally, I hesitate. I worry about what they will think or how they’ll respond.
When I do share with others, I either go on and on in an awkward monologue or stumble through unsure of myself and the clarity of my message.
I pray God will give me the words, make me sensitive to his Spirit and to the person on the other end of the conversation. As I work and wait for his response, I pose the question to you.
How do you tell of the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders he has done?
I’d love to hear from you!