I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your loving-kindness and Your truth from the great assembly. —Psalm 40:10
Why would the psalmist be tempted to hide or conceal the righteousness and faithfulness of God? It is because the good news of the gospel at times comes as a sword. It can cut. It can divide. It can separate flesh from spirit, wheat from chaff, bone from marrow. The message of the gospel is Good News but even good news can sting, much like an antiseptic applied to a fresh wound. When Peter preached the good news of the gospel on the day of Pentecost, many were “cut to the heart,” yet they wouldn’t be converted. Paul writes in Hebrews that the Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword…piercing…dividing…
Why do we shrink from preaching the righteousness of God even if it is not a popular message or even if it challenges the mainstream thoughts and practices of our day? God has been so faithful to us in every way. He has never been embarrassed or ashamed to speak up for us, stand up for us, and claim us as His own. Therefore we can’t live as an ostrich with its head in the sand by hiding His words, His righteousness, and His faithfulness. We need to declare it and share it.
This precious gospel is the power of God unto salvation to all who believe, to the Jew first and to the Greeks. Whether our audience is a few friends at work or a great congregation, let’s herald the news of God’s love and faithfulness to all those who will hear.
—Pastor Kathy Peaks