I have proclaimed the good news #529

I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness in the great assembly; Indeed, I do not restrain my lips, O Lord, You Yourself know. 10  I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great assembly.” (Psalm 40:9–10, NKJV)

There is a temptation to shrink into the background and be silent when people oppose the truth of the gospel. The sweet psalmist of Israel would not be quiet, even when “innumerable evils” surrounded him (v. 12). He would not keep his faith private – hidden away in his heart. Instead, David declared righteousness, God’s faithfulness and salvation, His steadfast love and His truth. He boldly proclaimed God’s good news and trusted the Lord to deliver him (v. 1-2, 13-17). David was eager to speak because God’s law was in his heart (v. 8). The great assembly of God’s people (not to mention the world itself) still needs to hear God’s gospel. It is His power to save. Never shrink back; always press forward, upward and onward in the cause of the gospel of our great God. Hold forth the good news of His salvation.