Speaking Up!

We live in an era when it seems that everyone has an opinion about everything regardless whether they have any factual knowledge of what they are offering their opinion about.  For example, “My youngest son has such a desire to be engaged with his daddy’s conversation’s with other adults that he sits and listens for an opportunity to jump in.” Last evening I was sitting with my best friend and John at the table eating popcorn and watching the evening news.  Suddenly John speaks up about our president and says, “What does he know about what our country needs.”  Certainly he could be right, but what knowledge does an eight year old have about such matters?

As I was reading through Psalm 101-110 this morning I found my mind being informed about the subject of mercy.  Time and time again I grew in my understanding of the wealth of God’s mercy.  For example, “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to ager, and abounding in mercy,” 103:9.  By the time I finished chapters 103 I was in tears and I was praising God for His mercy.  So great is His mercy that we discover those who come to Christ have their sins removed and even the memory of those sins is removed from God’s presence.  Check out Psalm 103:12.

As I continued to work my way through these chapters, mercy and more mercy came ringing through. I was really taking this all in until I came to Psalm 107:1-2, “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!  For His mercy endures forever.  Let the redeemed of the Lord say so…”  At this moment God’s word cut like a knife.  Here I am being exposes to truth and I am rejoicing in this truth. But there is to be more, I am to share this truth.

The fact is I am to speak up about this truth.  I actually wrote the words, “SPEAK UP,” in the margin of my bible.  God reminded me of my neighbors who hear so many things in their daily lives but do they ever hear the truth of the mercy of God?  I wonder, do they ever get to see the mercy of God being lived out in front of them?

I realized how much I have experienced the mercy of God and I realized how little I extend the mercy of God.  It was my prayer this morning, “God help me to live out the truth of your mercy with everyone I encounter on a daily basis.  Thank you Father for reminding me to speak up.”

I want to encourage you to speak up with your life and with your lips.  Oh how we need to say so to our world today!

I leave you with the precious word of the Lord, “Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness. And for His wonderful works to the children of men!  Let them exalt Him also in the assembly of the people, And praise Him in the company of the elders,” Psalm 107:31-32.

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