Monday, May 09, 2011
Today’s Topic: Wonder, Worship, and Witness
Today’s Text: Isaiah 43:10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.”
I love to take notes in my Bible. I don’t do it as much as I used to, but when the Lord teaches me something from His Word, it is appropriate for me to make a note of it in the margins. As I look through my Bibles from the past, I realize I should have been doing something more – I should have been writing down when and where I was when the Lord revealed that truth to me. It would be helpful to have the context of the Holy Spirit’s teaching to give me a deeper connection to it.
Such is the case this morning as we come to Isaiah 43:10-15. At some point in my study of this prophetic book the Lord showed me something very special that I have written down, but I don’t know when it was or what the circumstances were. Oh well. Such is the memory of an aging man. So there will be no funny stories and no personal anecdotes. Just truth. Plain and simple teaching. May the Holy Spirit add the flavor necessary for you to ingest it and digest it.
Notice first the wonder of who God is. There is no other God, nor will there ever be. There is no other Savior, nor will there ever be. He has revealed Himself, He has saved us, and He has proclaimed His purpose to us. Then as if it isn’t enough for us to see His splendor and majesty, He has told us that we can know Him, believe Him, and understand Him. What a wonder that is!
Then notice the worship of God. When we know Him we worship Him. We worship Him as our Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. We worship Him our Lord and King. We worship Him as the eternal one, the ancient of days. Our worship is personal and intimate as God reveals Himself to us. He is our God, not just a god. The more we understand the wonder of God the more we will worship Him in the splendor of His majesty.
Finally, notice the witness for God. Worship is a witness. Worship motivates witnessing. God calls us witnesses. He call us to witness. We are witness of who He is and what He has done. He calls us to be unashamed to tell others everything we know about Him.
The wonder of God produces worship to God which produces witnessing for God.
Let that be the flavor of your life today and every day.