“I have not hidden your saving help within my heart, I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.” vs. 10
When the psalmist had a good day, everyone knew about it. He was not about to cover up the joy, thanksgiving, and gratitude that had filled his heart, and that he was convinced had come from God. Amazingly, there’s a certain wariness about such behaviors in our faith communities. We don’t like to be too exuberant about the good things going on for us. Maybe we think it’ll sound like bragging, like we’re claiming a closer relationship with Jesus than others have. Or perhaps we’re trying to be sensitive to the pain and depression that others are feeling. It’s certainly true that many people are struggling in our congregations, and it could be that some don’t want to hear how good things are going for us. They’d rather talk about how miserable they’re feeling…and they maybe expect us to keep our mouths shut about our own joy and just listen to them. Certainly it’s a good thing to practice sensitivity as we live in community, but that doesn’t mean keeping our mouths shut about the blessings that come our way. After all, we do have a calling to share the good news…and that includes telling about our experiences of God’s love.
Thought for the Day: How comfortable am I talking about received blessings?