Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me! Psalm 66:16-20
I love a good testimony. I love it when someone shares how God has been working in his or her life. The setting for this psalm causes me to believe that that is just what is happening here. The psalmist is standing in the assembly of people who fear God. These are people who have gathered to praise God and to encourage all the earth to do the same. At the end of the psalm, one stands and gives testimony that God listens and answers prayer. God does not reject the prayers of one who does not cherish sin. God does not withhold His love from one who is seeking him. How do I know that? Because I have experienced it in my own life, but also because I have heard the testimony of so many others who have found the same to be true! I need to remember the importance of saying to people, “Come and listen, let me tell you what God has done for me!” The list is endless, and he just keeps adding to it every day! Who am I that the Lord of all the earth would do all these things for me? I am his child. By his grace, I am the object of his love. He listens to me. I am amazed.
O God, how should I have a testimony of your love and goodness to me? Who am I that you should listen to me? I am so grateful for your love and touch in my life. Help me be bold in declaring who you are so that others may discover your presence in their lives as well. Amen.