A Season of Psalms - Psalm 71:15-18
“My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge. With the mighty deeds of the Lord God I will come; I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone. O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
One of my college friends is a gifted musician who auditioned to appear on American Idol. He had great talent but didn’t advance too far; upon his elimination from the contest, he soon after auditioned for Nashville Star, the country music equivalent of American Idol. He finished fourth overall and is now a famous country music singer-songwriter and internet personality. The husband of one of my Houston friends recently auditioned for The Voice. He didn’t receive a call-back, but nevertheless he attempted something most of us dream of doing, offering his very best with the gift he’d been given.
A great gift has been given to God’s people, as Psalm 71 relates. Can you find it? Look in verse 15. God has given us a mouth that will tell of all God’s righteous acts in the world and in our lives, and are they many! In fact, our very lives are a living testimony of God’s goodness and grace. We show our gratitude through praise, through re-telling his righteous acts and His works of salvation. Who do we tell? Everyone! Not only in our immediate spheres of influence, but in verse 18 we are exhorted to “proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.” We have the joy of sharing our legacy of faith and shaping the generation yet to come! The world is in darkness, but we can lift it out with the Light!
Our mouth has different functions, but in James’s letter we are told to use our mouths for praising and blessing. God has been so good; His praise should ever be on our lips. Hebrews 13:15: “Let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.” How will you praise and acknowledge Him today? Tomorrow? Don’t stop now! There’s too much to be thankful for!
Further Reading: Ephesians 1; Psalm 18:46-50
Pray with me:
Father God, Thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing Thy grace. Your streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise. We praise Your great name, for it is great and greatly to be praised! Hear my praise today, Father. In Jesus’ name, Amen.