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The One Secret I Will NOT Keep! - Psalm 40:10

The One Secret I Will NOT Keep! 

Psalm 40:10 NIV
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.

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In this age when we are bombarded with the sights and sounds of news headlines, Facebook statuses, and Twitter updates, that so rarely have anything to do with fulfilling the purpose for which we were created, we too often get confused about the things that really do matter.  We get confused into thinking that we need to know and have access to news, information, or just good ol’ gossip, that we hesitate to filter the good from the bad.  We do not want to miss out on whatever, whoever says is the latest and the greatest and the best next person, place, or thing!  This information overload clouds our judgment, shuffles our priorities, and shifts our focus away from what really matters.  Actually, it might be a great time to pause and ask you what does REALLY matter to you?  WHO really matters to you?  And WHY?
Friends, today, I simply want to encourage you to keep the main thing, the main thing.  When we get caught up in all that is accessible to us, we can also get trapped in a web of non-beneficial words and works that keep us from fulfilling our tasks, our responsibilities, our purpose in a timely manner.  I know you like being in the know.  I feel you.  But what is it truly costing you?  AND have you sacrificed your own personal significance in order to promote anyone or anything that refuses to propel you into your destiny? 
This can be a hard question.  We do not usually want to take the time to evaluate and re-evaluate the people, places, or things in our lives and subsequently face the truth that something needs to change.  I have been there.  I have done that.  And I will have to do it all over again and again and again.

Friends, I hope and pray that our verse for today would give all of us the wake up call that we all need…

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.

Now, I know a few of you are thinking – WHAT in the world does this have to do with all that you just said?  I am glad you asked.  My sistas and brothas, this verse, has EVERYTHING to do with what I just shared with you.  The reason why so many of us delay our destiny and procrastinate on whatever we need to do to work toward our purpose, is because we live by the exact opposite of what the Psalmist declares.  We hide God’s righteousness in our hearts.  We are silent when it comes to speaking of God’s faithfulness and saving help.  We conceal God’s love and faithfulness from others.  In other words, we do not have a vocal or a public proclamation of our love for God.
And one way that we can begin to evaluate and re-evaluate the people, places, or things in our lives is to honestly consider how each of those things empower us to be righteous, faithful, helpful, and loving – just as our God has been to us. Though we will never be able to match God’s generosity towards us, anyone or anything that would cause us to hide, be silent or conceal all that God is to us, will certainly give us an undeniable clue about whether that person, place, or thing deserves the attention we have obviously given.
BlogFam, I MUST admit to you that there is ONE secret that NO ONE can ask or expect me to keep and it totally has to do with the righteousness, the faithfulness, the helpfulness, and the love of God!  For, like the Psalmist,

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.

God has been so AMAZINGLY good to me and it is not right or fair for me to deny God ALL the glory that God deserves.  Whenever we allow external circumstances, physical challenges, social injustices, racial prejudices, economic disparities, internal feelings of inadequacies to dictate the glory that we give to our God, then we are keeping a secret that should NEVER be kept!  Friends, we must be determined, just as this Psalmist, to NOT hide God’s righteousness, to SPEAK of God’s faithfulness and saving help; and to NOT conceal God’s love and faithfulness.  AND we must be even more determined when what we hear, see, touch, taste, or feel is the complete opposite of who and what we KNOW our God to be and do.  
BlogFam, PLEASE take this word to heart on today but do NOT leave it there.  I pray that you will NEVER keep God’s goodness a secret.  I pray that you would not hide the righteous work our God is doing through you.  I pray that you would not be afraid to speak of your faithfulness to the Kingdom or of the help you are able to provide to others because of God’s goodness flowing through you.  I also pray that you will have an audience of 1 or 100 or 1000 or more to proclaim the love and faithfulness of our God.  And lastly, I pray that as live your life in the midst of the sights and sounds of this life, gathering and even celebrating what this world has deemed to be ‘right’ or popular or the next best thing, I pray that you would filter it all through what you know about the Holy One and never allow anyone or anything to displace or disregard or disrespect your purpose, your value, your significance to the Kingdom of God.

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