Ask the Man Who Owns One
August 4 | Bible in a Year: Psalms 66-67; Romans 7
Ask the Man Who Owns One
Let me tell you what [God] has done for me.
READ PSALM 66:1, 8Ė20
In the early 1900s, the Packard Motor Car Company generated a slogan to entice buyers. ďAsk the man who owns oneĒ became a powerful tagline, one that contributed to the companyís reputation as manufacturing the dominant luxury vehicle in that era. What Packard seemed to understand is that personal testimony is compelling to the hearer: a friendís satisfaction with a product is a powerful endorsement.
Sharing with others our personal experiences of Godís goodness to us also makes an impact. God invites us to declare our gratitude and joy not only to Him but also to those around us (Psalm 66:1). The psalmist eagerly shared in his song the forgiveness God granted him when he turned from his sins (vv. 18-20).
God has done amazing works in the course of history, such as parting the waters of the Red Sea (v. 6). He also does amazing work in each of our personal lives: giving us hope in the midst of suffering, giving us the Holy Spirit to understand His Word, and providing for our daily needs. When we share with others our personal experiences of Godís work in our lives, weíre giving something of much greater value than an endorsement of a particular purchaseóweíre acknowledging Godís goodness and encouraging one another along the journey of life.
By Kirsten Holmberg
REFLECT & PRAY
God, help me declare the many wonderful ways Youíve worked in my life!
Who can you tell about Godís work in your life? What story can you share?
Your gift changes lives. Help us share Godís love with millions every day.
The psalmist writes pointedly about Godís direct role in the bad things that happened to His people (Psalm 66:10-12). This is in no way an accusation against God; rather, itís an acknowledgment of His love. God had orchestrated those things in order to gain their attention. Without that intervention, they would have continued in their destructive behavior. But before the psalmist makes this point, he invites ďall the earthĒ (v. 1) and ďall peoplesĒ (v. 8) to sing Godís praises. In other words, this songwriter is calling on the whole world to join him in praising the One worthy of all praise. Godís plan all along had been for His people to point all peoples to Him. Tim Gustafson
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