“I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, Lord, as you know. I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly.”
Psalms 40:9-10 NIV
Can you imagine if you wanted to cook a dish that looked so lovely in a picture but there was no recipe to follow. Or how about if you wanted to tackle a do-it-yourself project but had no instructions on how to do it or better yet what the end product turned out to look like for different people. How about if you wanted to go to a certain place but had no instructions on how to get there?
God has done so many great things in our lives and it is meant for the building up and edification of the church, the great assembly of believers. There are so many people secretly going through what you went through and they have no one to talk to or no one to tell them what their experience was and how God moved on their behalf. What if the Bible didn’t exist and there was no stories and testimonies of how God made a way out of no way and how God moved on behalf of the people; Of how he performed miracles and healing… Would you be hopeful that he could do the same in your situation if you had never heard the good news.
Good News! That’s what it is.
The Bible says, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
Isaiah 52:7 NIV
‘On the mountains’… Did you catch that!
It means that you’ve climbed your mountains and no matter how hard it was, you made it to the top and made a joyful noise. You spoke peace, you let out a high note of praise to God. You proclaimed that God is a deliverer. How beautiful is that great news.
The Bible says, speak of it, proclaim of his goodness. Don’t seal your lips. Don’t hide your steadfastness, your perseverance, your hope, your faith. All of that is accounted unto your righteousness and God’s love and faithfulness. Don’t hide it. If you do then others won’t know of the experiences of God’s people and the spiritual discernment of interpreting our reality.
But to whom? Who should we proclaim to? To the assembly of course. These things that we speak are spiritual realities. We don’t just live meaningless lives and attribute everything to luck or misfortune. Rather, we attribute everything we do, say and experience by the spirit. So our realities are not just worldly realities, they are spiritual realities because they are discerned by those who have the spirit of God. The bible says, “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 2:14 NIV. “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18 NIV.
Our messages, our testimonies, are the power of God to the Assembly. Allow God’s power to flow freely among the children of God. So that others may gain strength. We should never be ashamed of our tests and trials that comes to make us stronger and more mature. Rather use the impact of our testing to gauge the level of our spiritual maturity and the significance of our growth.
“O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.” Psalm 107:1-2 KJV