My Part

Psalm 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

God changes circumstances, He does this alone, with no help from me. So what is my part in all this?

In verse one I cried out to Him. I’d found myself unhappy, unfulfilled, and in danger. Nothing I had tried changed any of that. So I cried out to God to change my circumstances.

Now how did I know to turn to this God? That is simlpe because the next verse explains what someone did in response to God saving them.

Psalm 40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.

They became a witness of God’s great mercy.

Now it is time to do my part. I should do what others have done for me, witness.

Something mystical happens in our transformation. So much has change because God loves us. As a new born babe in Christ there is so much to learn, adjustments, becoming that new creation.

Psalm 40:5 Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

In that complexity we lose sight of the simplicity.

Psalm 40:10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.

Do you keep Him hidden in your heart or do you use your voice to praise Him for all He has done?

Psalm 40:17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

The Good News is that we do not do this alone.


Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

I was reflecting on the qualities of light this morning. Did you realize that light is invisible? None of us see the light. We see the objects upon which light falls and is reflected. Colors and shadings appear as they are because of light absorption. If all the light is absorbed the color black appears. If all the light is reflected the color white appears.

We now understand the properties of light, light waves, wave lengths, visible and invisible. Ultra violet and infer red are still light waves which our eyes cannot see without instrumentation.

I say all this to point out that the candle we are not to hide under a basket is a reflected light. He shines upon us and we can be seen to be what we are in His kingdom. We cannot reflect anything more than what we are and the light will expose both the lovely things and the ugly things.

Christ is true and His light cannot reflect anything but truth. As time goes on and we mature in Christ, our reflection changes because we are changed. Anyone who is lucky enough to be around us long enough will notice the changes and know that God has been at work in our lives.

James 1:17-18 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

This verse ties this all together. Can you see it? Can you reflect Him?