Psalm 40:3 “He has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD.”
The Lord has always been in the business of revelation. From Adam until the final man God has been revealing His plans, His purposes, and His person. The issue for us has been how we receive this revelation when God so chooses to impart it. In the past I’ve mentioned how we tend to receive truth based off our preconceived notions. If we want to be healed, desire more money, or simply want more of God’s blessing, it’s our flesh that yearns to interpret God’s Word based off what pleases and not necessarily what God intended. There are times when we see God bless people with natural comforts but there are times when He doesn’t. The reasons for God’s blessings have been speculated on for years but what I want to explore is what we do with what He has given us.
When we receive the revealed Word in Truth, we receive it according to God’s purposes, not our own. This ability to receive takes wisdom and knowledge that only God can provide. Once we receive the Word of God in Truth—what do we do with it? They way we interpret His intervention can dictate the direction we take in receiving it.
First, when the Lord acts in our circumstances, do you think that it was something we did that invoked His blessing? Did we act better today than we did yesterday? Did we show a consistent pattern of godliness and finally reached that level where God decided to intervene?
God may give blessing for good behavior, in His perspective it’s called righteousness, but if we limit Him to a singular focus, we diminish the value of His work. The Lord does bless the righteous but if you look closer, the reward is actually found in the path. Stay on the path of righteousness and you will find that He has blessed it with all kinds of blessings. Like parents laying out a scavenger hunt for their children, the Lord actively partakes in rewarding faithfulness.
Proverbs 4:18 “The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining brighter and brighter until midday.”
Each nugget of truth is a revelation of God’s glory. Each word that is presented, each facet of knowledge uncovered is a process of seeing more clearly the magnitude of God’s depth and purpose.
When we walk into these moments of revelation, what is the expectation? Children, when they discover a hidden gem they quickly run to their parents and show off their incredible find. If they only knew that the ones to whom they were expressing their joy are the ones who hid them there in the first place. Would the increased knowledge diminish their excitement or enhance it? As we grow older we recognize the energy our parents placed into our lives and personally, it makes me grow more appreciative. The attempt to enhance a child’s experience is a reflection of love for that child. It takes energy and effort to make a situation more eventful, planning and preparation are all expressions of love even though the child only sees the reward.
God’s Expression of Love
Psalm 28:7 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. Therefore my heart rejoices, and I give thanks to Him with my song.”
On the journey that God has prepared for us, (you know, the one He is trying to lead us on now,) the confidence we gain by understanding His measure of strength and protection causes His people to rejoice. All of those reminders in scripture about not fearing is representative of His love and protection for us. The gifts God gives are manifold. Galatians 5:22-23 is a list of the gifts of the Spirit of God He imparts to those who walk in Him. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These treasures are found in abundance when the Lord is in the journey.
When we receive a word or a gift, what is the appropriate response? Some responses are a product of the gift. 1 Samuel 2:1 “And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.”
Our Expression in Response
As Hannah recognized God’s faithfulness in providing a son through her prayer, she exalted the Lord and rejoiced in His deliverance, deliverance from the mockery of her enemies, from the despair that she endured, and the shame that was upon her head.
Sometimes the Word of God is given with an expectation.
Psalm 68:11 “The Lord gave the word; Great was the company of those who proclaimed it:”
This ‘company’ is actually referring to women. What word did the Lord give the women to whom this is speaking?
Mark 16:9-11 “Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.”
The revelation of Christ to the world has been prophetically revealed from the first word of Genesis to the last word in Revelation. Just like Mary who discovered that Jesus had risen from the grave and proclaimed it to the disciples, we have an equal responsibility to proclaim the news to the world today.
Our response to everything God bestows upon us should be reflective of our hearts love back to him. Whether it is echoing His word, uplifting His name in praise, giving Him thanks for His love and faithfulness, or simply trusting in Him for our future, our response is reflective of our thanksgiving.
Our Father loves to give good gifts. Our focus as mature believers in Christ should be on the giver not on the gift. There is a reason for everything He does, if we allow ourselves to grow in the wisdom of His ways, we might understand the greater depth of His purposes and the growth would simply add value to what we already have.
Knowledge of His Love.