Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Psalm 54 Experiencing God's Salvation

KEY TEXT: Ps 54:6-7 With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good. For he has delivered me from every trouble, and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.

KEY THOT: David experiences God’s continual deliverance from his enemies. In response to God’s salvation, David offers his sacrifice of worship. Our worship is not only a response to who God is but also to what He has done. We won’t understand God as Saviour if we have not experienced His salvation on a personal basis. Our theology of God is not based on academic knowledge but on real-life experience and encounter with God. For David, God is good because he has experienced his goodness, not because he read about it. Experience with God defines our theology of God; only such experience can produce vibrant worship.

God reveals himself through what He has done—or his works. Jesus once told the Jews: “If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father" (John 10:37-39). Hebrew concept of God is based on practical experience of His works. That is why Paul says that “Jews demand signs” because they based their understanding of God on what he does. 

In contrast, our discipleship methodology is based largely on the Greek model of seeking wisdom, which is focused on trying to know God by understanding his essential “being” rather knowing God by experiencing his “doing” (works). The Bible is a record mainly of God’s works—in Creation, in early human history and in Israel and in the Church. Even Paul’s letters were a result of God working through Paul to address specific historical issues of his time. Jesus’ discipleship approach is not just classroom instruction but field experience. Alpha is a good discipleship environment for participants get to know God more by experiencing His works.

My role as a pastor/church worker is to facilitate God’s people to know Him through His works. God’s works confirm God’s words: “And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs” (Mark 16:20). Studying God’s words in Scripture is only a means to the real end: experiencing God in His works: “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life” (John 5:39-40).

Father, we thank You that You do not ask us to believe in You in blind faith, but to believe in You because of Your works. Help us step out of our comfortable boats to starting walking on water with You. Amen.

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