Thursday, September 18, 2014

September 18, 2014 … Telling HIS Story

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 261

Devotional Song: Go to this link  … Please take the time to see a video of of folk singer Emmy Lou Harris and Academy winning Actor Robert Duvall singing the old hymn I Love To Tell The Story declaring the need of the saved to relate the story of salvation in their lives.

Highlight Passage: 1st Chronicles 16: 8 [NKJV} … David sings a medley of thanksgiving for God’s love for His people …
8  Oh, give thanks to the Lord!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!
Highlight Context - NKJV: 1st Chronicles 16: 7-13 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK

Highlight Context # 2 - NKJV: 1st Chronicles 16: 7-36 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK

Reference Passage #1: Psalm 105: 1-15… [NKJV] ... GO TO THIS LINK Note the parallel with 1st Chronicles 16: 8-22

Reference Passage #2: Psalm 96: 1-13… [NKJV] ...  GO TO THIS LINK Note the parallel with 1st Chronicles 16: 23-33

Reference Passage #3: Psalm 106: 1-3; 47-48… [NKJV] ... GO TO THIS LINK Note the parallel with 1st Chronicles 16: 34-36

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Randy Kilgore, used a song of David, the song in 1st Chronicles, chapter 16, verses 8-36, to illustrate how telling God’s story, primarily through the lives of God’s children becomes one of the most joyful acts of witness we, as His saved ones, can do in this life.

 I just love the simple, but pure, rendition of an old 19th century hymn, ”I Love To Tell The Story,” sung so simply (see link above) by Emmy Lou Harris and Robert Duvall, which declares the joy one experiences when the saved Christian has the opportunity to share the story of how God, in His mercy, forgave our sins and has reshaped our lives.

 Have you ever had the opportunity to share your story of salvation and transformation with someone who was seeking to know Jesus? I have on many occasions; and it’s a delight which is almost impossible to describe. King David loved to share THE STORY of how God delivered him personally or about how God, in His infinite mercy, was willing to save His sinful children - over and over again. One such song is found in today’s highlight passage, 1st Chronicles 16: 7-36, which turns out to be a medley of three of the Psalms [see the references above to Psalms 105, 96, and 106, from which the song in today’s highlight passage comes.

 David just loved to tell the OLD, OLD STORY of how God’s love and mercy brings His glory into the lives of those He saves. Personally, if I’m given the opportunity to share my story of salvation and sanctification with anyone, I will joyfully and gladly do so. I pray we all get such opportunities - maybe even today!

My Prayer for Today … Lord, I pray for divine appointments to share my story, which is Your Story, with anyone who seeks after You. Amen

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