Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
Psalm 107:1-2 NLT
I am sure you would agree that God is good. We are aware of his goodness not only because it is repeatedly recorded in the scriptures, but also because we have become increasingly aware of it as we walk with the Lord. Even before we surrendered our lives to God, we had dim glimpses of his love and goodness. But since we put our trust in Christ as our savior, we see his goodness and love all around - all the time.
Remember what joy and excitement filled our life when we first became a Christian? We couldn’t stop telling others about it. It may take a bit more of an effort today, but we need to keep telling what God has done and is doing in our lives. “All of you set free by God, tell the world! Tell how he freed you from oppression.”(a)
Testimonies take on all sorts of shapes and forms. Few of my parents’ generation of German-Russian immigrants had any formal education of any kind. But in church services when given the opportunity to give a testimony concerning their salvation, they would speak up – even though it was the same story word for word every time. One could not deny their genuine gratefulness for what the Lord had done.
Most all of us have given and do share testimonies of what God has done and is doing in our lives. Testimonies can be short or long – simple or formal – the important factor is that they give glory to God. Several weeks ago while reading Terry Hoggard’s blog - “Connections” - I learned of a form of testimony of which I had never heard before. I thought it was so meaningful that I am including it here. You can watch the testimonies on video by clicking on the underlined link called Cardboard Testimonies.
Let’s Pray –
Father, thank you for the joy it brings us when we testify about your goodness, and the faith and praise it prompts in those who hear. Forgive us for allowing the enemy to seal our lips - you have set us free from his power. Help us to live in that freedom and tell the world about what you have done.
We ask this in Jesus name,
(a) Psalm 107:2 The Message,
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