Then I said, “Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me.
I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”
I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; see, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O LORD.
I have not hidden your saving help within my heart, I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.
Psalm 40:7-10, NRSV
All the passages this week press on us to testify. It’s not enough to simply have a relationship with God on the inside. Living a faithful life involves sharing it with others. We need to get out there, says the psalmist, and testify to God’s neverending love in front of others, “the great congregation.” I don’t believe this refers to, or only to, sharing the good news in the faith community, although many people are oddly afraid to do it even there.
How many people in our mainline churches regularly share together their personal thanks to God? How many people in our mainline churches talk about their faith together? It’s much easier to keep things on an intellectual level, or even to discuss our doubts and fears. And I don’t mean to say it’s easy to talk about loss or doubt, but it happens in a different way than sharing our celebration of God’s presence. It’s more acceptable to mainliners, and I’m grateful that we can talk about our questions.
But to share our sense of God’s love leads to a different vulnerability, an admission that we do believe!!