Psalm 40

Only one group of verses in this Psalm of David jumped out at me but it represents a very powerful truth.

Psalm 40:9-10 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips,as you know, O Lord. 10 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.

As I read these two verses I had a very vivid mental picture pop into my mind. I saw a doctor walking. He was carrying a first aid kit and a doctor’s bag that was filled with every medical instrument he could possibly need. The doctor walks by someone that’s lying on the ground. The person on the ground is bleeding and is screaming out in agony. They’re dying. The doctor recognizes what’s wrong. He knows how to cure them and he is carrying what he needs to save the life of this person. Yet the doctor walks on, leaving the person to suffer and die.

Yeah, it’s a little graphic, but that’s what I saw in my mind. And I’m not going to lie, it saddened me a great deal, because I knew exactly what it meant. As believers, we hold knowledge of the cure for hell, the antidote for death, and if we withhold that from those who need it, what are we? I look at the middle section of my life, the decade lost to selfishness, and I think of the people I could’ve been helping. I know it’s not healthy to live in regret, but when I read this verse I couldn’t help but feel sad and ashamed that I had gone so long without sharing Jesus with those who desperately needed Him.

Here’s how I feel about this subject at this point in my life. Those of us who know the truth of God are duty bound to share it with others. Just like a doctor takes an oath to help the sick and injured, I believe we have a duty to share Jesus. Every single day we walk past people who are lost and hurting. Every single day we interact with people who are hell bound. I’m not saying to stop every human being you encounter and preach to them (although really, it’s not the worst idea), but I am saying that we need to be ready and willing and prepared to share Jesus with anyone who needs Him. Pray before you leave the house, get sensitive to the urgings of the Holy Spirit, and get excited about the chance to do the work. I used to be so anxious and apprehensive about this, worried sick that God was going to want me to approach some stranger. But God’s done a miraculous work in me, building in me strength and courage, boldness, and now I look forward to any chance to share Him with those around me. I’m telling you that if you’re a believer, people need what you have. And we should be giving Him out as often as we possibly can.

If you’re like I was and this idea gives you a panic attack, then I encourage you to start praying for boldness. Make it the cry of your heart. Get honest with God, tell Him that you cringe at the thought of talking to strangers or even people you know about Him, ask Him to free you from the spirit of anxiety, from the grip of worry, and to fill you with strength and courage. Boldness is one of my favorite words now, because it so encompasses what it means to be an active participant in the love of Jesus. I want more and more boldness. I want to grow in it daily, to get to a place where I don’t even think twice about sharing the Lord with someone, no matter where I’m at or how I know (or don’t know) the person. I want sharing Jesus to be as instinctual as breathing, as effortless as blinking. Can you imagine the power we could have if this was the cry of all modern believers? Instead of being worried about how we’ll look or how we’ll be judged or how we’ll be treated, if we all just boldly and confidently shared Jesus without hesitation? What a wave of love we could send crashing across this world of ours!

PRAYER AND CLOSING

Father God, I know you hear it from me a lot these days, but I come before you today asking for boldness.  Build a heart so bold and courageous in me that I’ll go to all lengths to share your love with those who need it.  Lord, you know the hesitation I showed a few weeks back, when I had a chance to do something for you and I didn’t take it.  I am not perfect in boldness yet, not even close.  So I cry out for more, and I cry out for it on behalf of every believer.  Strengthen us, build us up to be courageous ambassadors that carry your message of love and salvation far and wide.  Because you are the doctor for all hurts, physical and spiritual, and you are the cure for all things.  Let me never go past someone who needs that cure and withhold it from them.  I ask right now that you fill me with deep conviction if I’m ever in a situation where I need to share you and I don’t.  Rise up inside of me, rattle my heart, and point me in the direction you need me to go.  When I prayed earlier tonight, I was so thankful for the life of joy and peace that I have.  All the good I have is from you, and I want everyone to experience your goodness.  Help us to understand that this isn’t some tiresome job or inconvenience, but that sharing you is our great joy.  What a privilege it is to get to carry news of you to someone who needs to hear it! Bless our steps as we embark on your pathways, Lord, and I ask right now that you drop a multitude of people into our lives who we can share your love with.  Establish our boldness, and give us the chance to put it into action.  I love you, mighty and incredible Jesus, and I thank you for all that you do.  In Jesus’ precious name I pray, amen.

Not only are we heading into the weekend, but it’s a holiday weekend!  I hope that all of you have fun and get some relaxation.  It’s the desire of my heart that you find great joy in the Lord.  If you have any prayer requests I would love to pray for you, so please reach out to me and let me know about them via email or facebook or blog comment.  I love you guys!

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