“May all who come to you be glad and joyful.
May all who are thankful for your salvation always say, ‘How great is the Lord!”.
Ps 40:16 GNB
Many people who have no faith will face the ups and downs of life with varying degrees of courage, stoic resignation, fear or desperation. The tough times of life bring out the best in some people and the worst in others. Those same dark periods increase the capacity of some for courage and heroism. But they can also leave other people bitter and cynical.
For the psalmist of Psalm 40 the rough times had driven him to God and, although he had had to pray long and hard before God answered his prayers, it had all led him to a deepened faith and a stronger grasp of God. The history of God’s people had shown God to be a God of salvation. Now the poet had proved it in his own life. And it was a source of joy and thanksgiving. And he wanted all others who joined in praise to God to be full of the same message as he was: God is great and powerful. The grace of God which he had tasted was, however, not for his own enjoyment or even his own faith. “The ultimate purpose of God’s saving grace is … the recognition on the part of the whole community of the godly of the majesty of God and of the greatness of his salvation” (A. Weiser, The Psalms, p341).
It is always tempting to direct a testimony of God’s grace to oneself, to make it say, “Look what a great experience of God I’ve had. Aren’t I just amazing?” Always make sure your witness is to Christ and to him alone.
PRAYER THOUGHT Lord, let me always glorify you alone.