[#pictureLent] March 22: DECLARE

By Abel Vega
Director of Outreach Vitality / Rio Texas Conference  
San Antonio, Texas

First, read Psalm 40:7-10 

Our daily experiences shape us in many ways. We gain experience through engagement with people and events. Rewarding or challenging. How much more is life when we experience it in and through our relationship with God? 

I think about how there have been times when I forget that God is ever-present with me in my daily experiences. Oh, how quickly do I lean upon my own understanding or rush to try to fix, create, assume, or just wallow in my complaining. I get stuck or I am running around in circles going nowhere. Then, instead, I awaken and I realize that I just need to be still and rest in God’s ever presence with me. I realize that the Lord is my guide who gives me direction.

The experience of the Psalmist in this passage is in the context of “coming out of” something. In this case, a pit. Out of being stuck in a horrible pit. Verse 2. We don’t know how long he has been stuck in the pit. Just being stuck can seem like a long time – period. Nevertheless, being in the pit seems to get us to remember God and to call out to him. In this case, David waited patiently for the Lord and the Lord heard David’s cry. Verse 1. 

David goes on to say that because of God’s deliverance, he will declare or proclaim “the good news of righteousness to the great assembly” – verse 9. It is through our experiences, particularly when we strive to be fully aware of God’s ever presence in our lives, that we do have good news to declare to all.  

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for your faithful presence in my life. My human frailty and doubt causes me to forget that you are always with me whether I am stuck in a pit or standing on firm rock. May I be your servant that simply declares to all the good news of salvation and deliverance that we find through you. Amen.

Discussion/Reflection Questions: 

1. In your “pit” experiences, what word did you hear from God? What scripture reference or passage became part of this experience?  
2. What insight did you gain that has impacted your faith journey?  
3. What good news do you have to share with others?