A pastor friend posted this on FaceBook recently and has given me permission to post. I thought it bore repeating because “TODAY” is a brand new day and it’s possible that some of us are in routine, a rut—going from the beginning to the end of our day(s) doing the same old-same old. This Victory Call post is a suggestion, a reminder, if you will, to seize the day for the glory of One, the glory of the One True God!
“Here’s a pretty good mission statement for your day—whether you’re a pastor or garbage collector or young mom with small kids or mailman or an about-to-tackle-a-honey-do-list-husband:
1 Chronicles 16:23-27
“Sing to the LORD, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place.”
Just to make sure you get the point here is a summary:
1. What we are to do: sing and tell (23, 24)—Go upward in song. Go outward in witness. In song and witness let us declare to him and to all people and peoples his salvation (23), his glory (24), and his works (24).
2. Why we are to do it: For (1) the LORD is great [v. 25] (2) the LORD is to be feared like nobody else [v. 25], (3) all other gods—whether carved into an image or simply in the imagination—are worthless substitutes compared with God who made all things [v. 26], (4) the LORD is majestic [v. 27], and, (5) the LORD is strong and joyful [v. 27].(1)
There’s something that you get the impression none of the other religions of the world offer: a God who is both fearfully majestic and profoundly happy!
Not safe, but good.
Not to be trifled with, but overflowing with a joy that he means us to share.
Go tell it on the mountain!”
Stephanie D. Paul serves as part of the Addiction Recovery Team at America’s Keswick as Director of Women of Character. She has been married for over 30 years to Sesky Paul who is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. They have two grown children.
Her single focus in ministry at Keswick is to image Christ in grace and truth to wounded and hurting women, encouraging them to make Jesus the truest Lover of their soul and the One in whom all hope lies.
1 Pastor Tim Shorey