“O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain;
O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength;
lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him:
behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.”
In the last post, we talked about who God is and what He has done, both on an overall level and on a personal level. We focused a lot on knowing it for ourselves, and ended by talking about what God has done in our lives and sharing testimonies of these things with others.
This brings me to another concept: proclaiming our God to others. Verse 9 says, “lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!” Are we boldly proclaiming the character and testimonies of our God to others? Earlier I talked about recognizing God in every moment of life, keeping Him on the forefront of my mind. When I do this, it’s as if He is always on the tip of my tongue and overflows so readily. It provokes me to talk about God, even in small comments, to those around me. We have already decided that we have good news; are we acting like it? Do we believe it’s as good as we say it is? If so, it will compel us to share it.
In summary, what I want to challenge you to do is to take time to think about who God is in your life? what He has done in your life? and to be actively sharing those testimonies with others. Three times in these two verses it says, “Behold.” Definitions of this word include “to gaze upon,” “to have a clear idea of,” and “to fix the eyes upon; to see with attention; to observe with care.” Similar words include: comprehend; dig; know; and recognize. So don’t miss out on the privilege of beholding your God; let’s be intentional about wondering at the greatness of God’s character and His work! It is well-worth it!