Saturday, October 24, 2015
Declaring the Works and the Word
UV 1567/10000 Declaring the Works and the Word
I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.
Psalm 118 v 17
The purpose of our lives is to declare the wonderful works of the Lord: the works of creation, the works of salvation, the works of righteousness, the works of healing, the works of restoration, the works of deliverance, the works of teaching of His great and transforming truths, the works of wisdom, the revelations, the provision and guidance. We should not hide our knowledge of the goodness and righteousness of God in our hearts. Faith is not a private matter but to be shared with others for their good too. It should be communicated appropriately to the next generation.
We are to declare His faithfulness and salvation, His love and truth to the congregation or gatherings of people as well as one to one in our day to day interactions. The personal knowledge of God is the salt of life as it preserves peace and enhances the flavour of our enjoyment of life. Out attempt must be to declare all the works of the Lord though the number of these are so great that we cannot possibly run through all of it or in the sequence.
When we declare the Word, we are declaring the righteous judgements of the Lord. These are not man-made or man-derived principles of right living or mere religious doctrines but matters that affects us deeply and practically on a daily basis. For instance, a lot of people have the fear of death and vulnerability haunting them and weakening them but when we declare , “ I shall not die but live to declare the works of the Lord,” the fear is countered and faith is established. When we declare the works of God in our lives, it becomes a personal testimony or evidence. When we declare the Word, we are affirming faith in the commands, precepts and promises of God and opening a door of faith for the Lord to enter and operate His grace and power in our lives. It is a positive confession of our faith that leads to blessing our lives and that of others. Just as exercising regularly builds our muscles and our overall fitness and health, so also regular declaration of the Works and the Word will build our faith and impact our lives in numerous ways.
Prateep V Philip