Passion to Privilege
Passion to Privilege
Ever been given something that caused you to be so excited; you could not wait to show and share it with someone? Perhaps an object or even a new perspective you now have, an answer to prayer, or a triumph in your life. Our excitement in the Kingdom of God is not meant to be kept to ourselves.
We see this in David’s life. As he wrote with passion many of the Psalms, he couldn’t wait to tell of … ‘what he had’. In Psalm 18, he begins with:
I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (v.1-2)
This was not written as a teen skipping through the fields with his sheep. NO! David had come out of one of the biggest trials of his life ~ Saul was out to kill him! Yet God delivered him, and he HAD to tell about it. He declares:
He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me. (v.16-19)
Psalm 20 David takes his victories and shares them …
In times of trouble, may the Lord answer YOUR cry. May the name of the God of Jacob keep YOU safe from all harm. May He send YOU help from His sanctuary and strengthen YOU from Jerusalem. May He remember all YOUR gifts and look favorably on YOUR burnt offerings. May He grant YOUR heart’s desires and make all YOUR plans succeed. May we shout for joy when we hear of YOUR victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God. May the Lord answer all YOUR prayers. (v.1-5 emphasis mine)
This week while at bible study, the Lord showed me something very personal; I sat next to a new gal, she in her mid 60’s, declared she is NEW to the bible and knows nothing about it, I found that to be true as I showed her where the book of John was. As the study progressed I helped her fumbled through the pages to find the verses we were looking at.
Then at one point I was driven to near tears. It hit me, what an awesome privilege to sit next to this woman. She was so hungry and wanted to learn so badly. Later, as she prepared to leave, she told me of her frustration of feeling inadequate when it comes to the bible and God things. I had the opportunity to share with her my passion for the Word of God and how that passion grew from trials in my life and God meeting with me. THIS encouraged her, she is coming back next week! My excitement and passion ~ now a privilege!
Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it. (Ephesians 4:29 The Amplified)
I admit I have taken this verse ‘slightly’ out of context, yet the truth is so relevant. May my excitement and passion be verbalized as to cause growth in others!
What passion has or is being birthed in YOU that someone next to you could benefit from? Do as David did, share God’s truth, share it from your life. What an honor and privilege to have God pour into our life as we in turn pour it out to others!
Passion to privilege.
In Him, DeDe (Ps. 92:4 You thrill me, LORD …)