June 24, 2016

Psalm 40:3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear
and put their trust in the Lord.

This is certainly an accurate testimony on the part of David, because many indeed have heard/read his songs and learned to fear and trust the Lord. I am impressed frequently that even though the Lord deals with us individually, what He does is never just for the individual; there are always broader ramifications. One of the many negative things about being self-centered is that it blinds us to that reality. When we get a taste of God’s heart for mankind, suffering becomes much easier to bear when we realize that God will use it to bless others. There is real truth to the famous line from Star Trek: “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few – or the one.” However in God’s economy, “the few – or the one” are more than compensated in the long run, that is, in eternity. The point here, however, is that God’s plans for any individual fit in perfectly with His plans for every other individual; they are never in isolation. We are neither to exult over “good” things as if they were just for us, nor bemoan “bad” things as though we were being picked on. If we respond to the things in our lives as God intends, ripples of blessing will go out to far more people than we can imagine, and God will be glorified.

This is personal to me, because my father included this thought in his final letter to our family before he had the heart surgery from which he went directly from anesthesia to heaven. He said that his desire was that each of us would discover God’s will for us, which would “fit in perfectly with His will for everyone else.” That was in 1974, and I’m continuing to learn how extremely true it is. I am not to be quiet about what I have experienced and heard of God, because God isn’t through using those acts, those words, to impact people. His words to Isaiah are true as well as famous: “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11) I am to be fully yielded to my Lord so that what He says and does to me may be fully effective in every way that He intends, with the ripples going as far as He intends, for His glory.

Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You for the thousands of people You have allowed me to touch over the years, in daily living, in school classes, from the pulpit, and over the Internet. I pray that I would be increasingly effective as an agent of Your will being done in every one of those lives, drawing them into right fellowship with You, for their salvation and 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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