“I told the good news that you save us. You know that I will never stop telling it”.
Ps 40:9 GNB
It is one thing telling a message. It is another thing having a message to tell. When an American Presbyterian minister, Eugene Peterson, decided to translate the New Testament from the original Greek into a modern, colloquial form of English that common people would relate to, he entitled it, “The Message”. Every age has passed that same message on it its particular form and style of communication. From bishops in cathedrals to Salvation Army officers on street corners, the servants of God have sought to tell the world the message of God’s love, his saving grace, and his truth.
The writer of Psalm 40, skilled communicator that he was, had a message to tell. God had touched his life with grace and with beauty. The subsequent welling up of gratitude led to the pouring forth of praise and thanksgiving to God and to his sharing of his experience with other people gathered for worship in the temple in Jerusalem. He could not withhold from telling his story. And he had a good story to tell. He knew that he had touched the live wire of God’s power and glory. That happened in a short space of time. But what he had touched was eternal. The mercy of God was everlasting. His story about it had to go on.
It is still the heart of the Christian message, the Christian experience of God and the Christian community’s ongoing life. Christian disciples fan the flame of sacred love that keeps and repeats that message, for it is ever fresh and new in its relevance however many times it has been told before. Never stop telling it.
PRAYER THOUGHT Lord, let me never cease to tell the old, old story.