Before going to New Wine last week, I had begun to question the point of writing this blog. Sure, it serves a purpose in helping me to process what goes on between me and God, but so does my journal. And the journal has the advantage of being private! I’d basically lost touch with the reason that I began to do this in the first place.
Very early on Friday morning, when mulling this over, I thought I d turn to the Psalms. Always a good place to find words of help, solace and encouragement. I opened my Bible, pretty much randomly at Psalm 96 and read this:
“Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole earth sing to the Lord! Sing to the Lord; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods. The gods of other nations are mere idols, but the Lord made the heavens! Honor and majesty surround him; strength and beauty fill his sanctuary.” Psalms 96:1-6 NLT
Like a hammer, the words “Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.” hit me. I need an unsubtle reminder sometimes and so greatly encouraged, I went about my day.
That morning in Impact, the bass player from the worship band shared the story of the transformation in the way he uses social media. Of how he was challenged by God to use it in a much more positive way to bring love, light, inspiration, and ultimately Jesus, into the lives of others. And so again I was reminded of those words:
“Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.”
Reminder number two… I began to feel that God had a message in there for me somewhere!
Then later on in the service, Sam Ward took to the stage with a bible reading. Anyone like to hazard a guess at what it was? Yep, that’s right – Psalm 96 again!!!
And so I’m making a fresh commitment to this blog. A commitment to use it to publish God’s glorious deeds in my life and to tell everyone about the amazing things that he does.
I know it doesn’t reach a huge audience, but ministry is never about the numbers. It’s not about me – it’s all about him. If the right words reach the one person that needs to read them, then it will have served his purpose. And to be honest, that part of the deal is God’s responsibility and not mine.
Worship is stepping out in obedience, even when it doesn’t seem to make much sense, or when it risks our fragile self-esteem. So this is just another act of worship for me. I’m going to write the things that my Abba Father gives me to, pray, then hit the “publish” button. The rest is up to him.
That’s the reason why I’ll continue to do this. That’s the point.