The Glad News

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I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O Lord.  I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.  (Psalm 40:8-10)

 

Did you read that?!  The psalmist cannot restrain himself from proclaiming the glad news of how he has been delivered by the faithfulness of God’s salvation.  He has not restrained his lips or hidden the news in his heart, but has spoken of it to the great congregation.  What an encouragement to tell everyone the glad news of our own salvation and deliverance through the cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Like the psalmist, we are recipients of God’s promise to rescue us from our sins and provide an eternal inheritance in His presence.

 

The Christian faith rests on what God has done for us and what He faithfully offers to all.  If we believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we will not be able to conceal it from others.  It will well up and pour out of us.  Those outside the faith may know we are different by our actions, but they won’t know of Jesus unless we, as the psalmist reminds us, tell others by speaking of Him and the Gospel.  I can think of no better time to speak of and proclaim God’s steadfast love and faithfulness than as we approach holy week.  Easter, or Resurrection Sunday, is a special time to tell others this great historical truth and glad news of our deliverance by a Savior.  It is by far the most glorious date in the Christian calendar, for without the resurrection the news would in no way be glad.

 

Won’t you consider inviting a friend or family member to church on Easter Sunday and maybe even for lunch or dinner thereafter to talk more about Jesus?  I will be preaching and explaining the glad news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Your friends and your family will undoubtedly experience the saints singing with unrestrained lips of joy.  O for Christ has risen and we wouldn’t dream of concealing it.

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