Rev and I love retelling stories from our past and in all honesty, it probably drives our kids crazy.
How often do you tell, “I remember when” stories?
According to Psalm 66 that’s exactly what we should be doing . . . telling stories that praise God and share the ways He has worked in our lives.
The Psalmist began with these words:
Shout joyful praises to God, all the earth!Psalm 66:1–2
Sing about the glory of His name!
Tell the world how glorious He is.
Tell the world what He has done!
As I scroll through social media it seems that people love to debate doctrinal differences but I doubt that those conversations are God-glorifying.
So, let’s take a closer look at what the Psalmist describes as the way to tell the world how glorious God is.
1. Invite people to come and see…
Come and see what our God has done,Psalm 66:5
what awesome miracles He performs for people!
Invite a friend to church. Share a blessing on social media. Invite someone over for coffee. Encourage conversations that talk about the goodness of God.
2. Give people examples of things that God has done…
He made a dry path through the Red Sea. (v. 6)
He keeps our feet from stumbling. (v. 9)
He brought us to a place of great abundance. (v. 12)
Tell people about God’s love for them. Talk about the way God rescues people and changes lives.
God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding His blood.Romans 3:25
This is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.1 John 5:11
3. Tell people what God has done for you…
Come and listen, all you who fear God,Psalm 66:16–17
and I will tell you what He did for me.
Tell your personal story about how God rescued you and changed your life.
4. Tell people how God answered your prayers…
But God did listen!Psalm 66:19–20
He paid attention to my prayer.
Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer
or withdraw His unfailing love from me.
Tell them how thankful you are to trust Him with the things that burden you. Tell them how going to Him in prayer has made it possible for you to live with faith, hope, peace, and joy.
And when you’re having a difficult day . . . remember!
Remember the many ways He has shown you His love and answered your prayers. Remember the times He has forgiven, provided, cared for, guided, helped, and loved you.
Pause and shout His praises and live for His glory.
That’s why I started writing here at Counting My Blessings. I wanted to tell the stories of the ways God has worked in my life.
He protected our 1 lb 9 oz preemie grandson through months in the NICU, PICU, and beyond.
He healed Rev of near-fatal Constrictive Pericarditis and gave us years of bonus days.
He forgave my stubborn heart and showed me His unfailing love.
He healed my broken heart and showed me His ability to do the impossible.
He has given me countless reasons to worship and praise Him.
Will you join me? Let’s pause for a moment and finish the sentence, “I remember when God…”
A Prayer to Remember and
Tell the World About God’s Love
Father, You are worthy of all our praise and worship. You are glorious and powerful. All You do is awesome and all Your creation glorifies You. Thank you for reaching down and lifting me out of the pit of despair. I am so sorry for the times I have prayed, You’ve answered, and I have failed to remember. The times I have repented and then neglected to acknowledge Your forgiveness.
You gave Jesus and changed my life now and forever. Please help me tell the world about Your love. Please help me invite people to come and see who You are. Prompt me to tell others what You have done for Your people and for me. Give me opportunities to share the ways You have answered my prayers.
Please help me live for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
And that’s how we tell the world…
One person at a time.
We tell them the ways He has changed our lives and how He is able to change their lives too. We tell them how His promises give us hope that lasts forever.
May God be with you and bless you as you share your “I remember when” stories.
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