Baptism Challenge - Day 12

Welcome to Day 12 of the Baptism Challenge! 

 

Here's the scripture in today's video: Psalm 40:9-10

Each day, I'll be including the Scripture of the day in 3 different versions: ESV, NIV, and KJV. If you have a preferred translations at your church, great. Hopefully it's one of these. It can be helpful to compare various translations to get a feel of the full texture of what the Scripture is saying. 

I have told the glad news of deliverance[a]

    in the great congregation;

behold, I have not restrained my lips,

    as you know, O Lord.

I have not hidden your deliverance 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.

  (English Standard Version)

I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly;
   I do not seal my lips, Lord,
   as you know.

 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
   I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help.
I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness
   from the great assembly.

(New International Version)

I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O Lord, thou knowest.

I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation. 

(King James Version)

Quick explanation of the way the Baptism Challenge works:

Look at your testimony again and think about all that God has done for you. Think about your friends and acquaintances who don’t know God and might be at your baptism service. Read Psalm 40:9-10.  

 

9 I have told the glad news of deliverance

    in the great congregation;

behold, I have not restrained my lips,

    as you know, O Lord.

10 I have not hidden your deliverance 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.

 

For those of us who have been delivered from the sin and emptiness of our past lives, we sometimes feel like shouting it from the rooftops! You might be familiar with the kids’ song This Little Light of Mine. There’s a phrase that says, “Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m gonna let it shine.” The Psalmist wrote, “I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart.” Think about your friends and acquaintances who don’t know God and might be at your baptism service. Your testimony of deliverance has the power to do two things: 1. Encourage other believers. All of your brothers and sisters in Christ will rejoice with you when they hear your testimony of what God has done in your life. They will be reminded of what God did for them, and they will glorify God. 2. Lead unbelievers to Christ. When unbelievers hear you testify about being brought from darkness to light, being made a new creation, enjoying peace and joy and happiness that can only be found in Christ the Holy Spirit might use your testimony to lead them to their own personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Share your testimony boldly! 

 

Challenge: Share your testimony with someone or post it on social media.