19/21 Days of Prayer & Fasting
PSALM 40 (NIV)
I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.
Blessed is the one
who trusts in the Lord,
who does not look to the proud,
to those who turn aside to false gods.
Many, Lord my God,
are the wonders you have done,
the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
they would be too many to declare.
Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—
but my ears you have opened—
burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
it is written about me in the scroll.
I desire to do your will, my God;
your law is within my heart.”
I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly;
I do not seal my lips, Lord,
as you know.
I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help.
I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness
from the great assembly.
Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord;
may your love and faithfulness always protect me.
For troubles without number surround me;
my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
and my heart fails within me.
Be pleased to save me, Lord;
come quickly, Lord, to help me.
May all who want to take my life
be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
be turned back in disgrace.
May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
be appalled at their own shame.
But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
“The Lord is great!”
But as for me, I am poor and needy;
may the Lord think of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
you are my God, do not delay.
I think a lot of people make sharing their faith too difficult. When our pastor tells us to share our faith, we picture ourselves on a street corner with a megaphone telling people to “repent!” The truth is, it isn’t that complicated. I love what David says in this Psalm: “I will speak of your faithfulness.” It really is that easy. We don’t have to go around telling every person we meet “Jesus loves you.” There’s nothing wrong with that, but when God opens a door, we can speak of His faithfulness in our lives. If God has healed your marriage, your body, your finances, or your career, then that is a testament to the faithfulness of God. Just share about God’s love and faithfulness in your life and God will do the rest.
Lord, open doors for me to tell people about your love and faithfulness. Give me the words to speak and help me to sow a seed of faith in the hearts of others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.