May 31, 2014

Psalm 145:18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.

This Psalm is significant in that David, a king, starts out by calling God his King, but the whole rest of the Psalm makes it clear why David felt that way, and nowhere more than in this verse. David cried out to the Lord many times, and we are blessed that God made David a poet so that he recorded a number of those prayers. This verse expresses David’s experience, and therefore his testimony. Sometimes people make a show of crying out to God, but their heart isn’t in it because it isn’t backed by faith. That’s why David specifies, “in truth.” Jesus too gave strong warnings to those who said the right things but without real faith or follow-through. (Luke 6:46) However, David’s focus isn’t on those who don’t get the desired results because they have the wrong motives, but rather on God who is totally faithful. Some might read this Psalm and think it was a collection of platitudes, but for David, every statement had been tested and found true. This is indeed the “heritage of the saints,” (Psalm 61:5 and many, many more) and it is more than worth celebrating!

Psalm 16:6 was a favorite verse of my father, and he passed on that “goodly heritage” redoubled. The question for me then becomes how well I am making use of that heritage, and how well I am passing it on. Receiving a material inheritance isn’t a bad thing, but receiving a rich spiritual inheritance is far better! Every believer has spiritual riches that God has equipped them to pass on, but how they do it is always a matter of personal obedience. David passed on a great deal through his Psalms, but he didn’t do a very good job with his own children, and he and they suffered for it. Lately I’ve been able to bless many through my blog, but the question remains of how effective I’m being with those to whom I relate face-to-face. I need to cry out to God in truth myself, because experience tells me there’s no way I can be effective in my own strength and wisdom. It’s just as Jesus said: “Apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) However, experience has also taught me that every bit of the Bible is true, and that God can and will use even me to do His will, if I will be available. That’s my desire, so I’ve got to stay available!

Father, thank You for the ministry opportunity last night. That person wasn’t on our schedule, but thank You for the perfect timing of their showing up, and for what You did while they were here. They were saying that You haven’t answered their prayers, but then they admitted to hardly opening their Bible. We are so foolish! I pray that every believer in this church – and everyone reading my blog, for that matter – would discover the joy not only of prayer to You, but also of hearing from You regularly through Your Word, so that Your children may be built up indeed as Your disciples, Your witnesses, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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