Focus on God
NKJ Psalm 145:1 I will extol You, my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever. 2 Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever. 3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable. 4 One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts. 5 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works. 6 Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, And I will declare Your greatness. 7 They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, And shall sing of Your righteousness. 8 The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. 9 The LORD is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works. 10 All Your works shall praise You, O LORD, And Your saints shall bless You. 11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, And talk of Your power, 12 To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, And the glorious majesty of His kingdom.
When was the last time we “declared God’s mighty acts” to our children (vs. 4); have you ever? How often do we “speak of the might of His awesome acts and declare His greatness” (vs.6). Is the “memory of His great goodness” on our lips; or are we ready to “sing of His righteousness” (vs. 7)? As saints of the Most High God, how often do we bless Him (vs.10)? Do we ever speak of His kingdom and of His power, or make known to the many people we relate with weekly His mighty acts, and the majesty of His Kingdom (vs. 12)? What if every true follower of Jesus who has a story of an awesome, powerful, loving God started telling everyone they know and meet that “The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. 9 The LORD is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works?” Might there be a shift in our families, our workplaces, our world? Is it too much to imagine a people of God so in love with Him, so in awe of Him, that they just can’t stop talking about HIM?
Why don’t we share about the Lord? Maybe there is nothing to share! Really! What about our testimony of being in darkness and sin, dead in our trespasses, then miraculously, after encountering a crucified and resurrected Savior, we are brought from death to life! What about the great love with which He loves us, forgives us, heals our broken heart and bodies, with miracle working power! Do you want to get to a place of wanting to share with everyone about the wonderful things God has done? Let’s follow the pattern of David, a man after God’s own heart. Let’s practice the “I wills” of this psalm:
- I will extol You
- I will bless Your Name
- I will bless You…Every day
- I will praise Your name forever
- I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty
- I will meditate on Your wondrous works
The key to sharing about the Lord that which is in our heart and mind is to get “that” in our heart and mind! Let us fill our heart and mind with praise, blessing God, and reminding ourselves of all He has done – that is meditation! Focusing on Jesus, the Father and Holy Spirt, and not on the problems of life, will produce a heart and mind full of praise. And…out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). Another of the same caliber of David was the Apostle Paul. Through all the hardship he endured, he was able to say, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Phil. 4:4) What was his secret to staying in a place of praise and witnessing to the glories of God in Christ Jesus? Filling his mind with the wonderful things God did and was doing: “whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy -- meditate on these things” (Phil 4:8). The only person who fits the list Paul gives us is God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and all He has done in redemption and salvation, and is doing through the advance of His kingdom here on Earth. Can I; can we be a people described in Psalm 145, who willingly and excitedly share about our great God and Savior, and all He has done? Yes we can! Let us choose to fill our mind and heart with the wonders of who He is, and when we open our mouths, out of the overflow of joy, we will utter speech declaring His goodness.
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