October 19, 2017

Tell of His Mighty Acts

Written by Tripp Prince

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 19, 2017

By Tripp Prince

Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power. Psalm 145:4 (NLT)

I recently had the privilege of spending a week in London, England. When I travel to a place like London, I spend every free minute I can find either in medieval churches or used bookshops, both of which are a small taste of heaven. On this most recent trip, I was particularly moved by a visit to the noonday service at St. Paul’s Cathedral. To walk into St. Paul’s is to take your place amongst tens of thousands of Christians who have, over countless generations, worshipped the Lord and longed for his presence in their lives and in their communities. It is a building that tells the story of a people, a story of pain and sorrow, yet more frequently a story that clings to the hope of heaven.

As the service concluded, I worked my way through the expansive halls and unspeakable beauty that awaited me at every turn. Eventually I found myself in the underground crypt in which Christians have been buried for hundreds of years. As I walked through this holy space, I came across a tombstone from the 1700s, barely legible due to centuries of foot traffic. Yet as I looked closely, I found an inscription that read, “Laid to rest by her heartbroken husband in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection.” What a story of loss and hope these simple words contained!

“Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord” (Psalm 22:30).

We can so quickly get caught up in the needs and concerns of our own day that we forget the countless people who have gone before us. People like the one I encountered in this tombstone, with hearts ripped apart due to grief and loss, yet in their grief clinging with all they have to the power of God and the promise that all will one day be well. If we can take the time to open our hearts and our ears to their voices, we can find in their stories fellow pilgrims on the way, friends to encourage us and call us forward in faithfulness and strength.

As I encountered this tombstone and the story it told, I wondered if any part of my own life might be an encouragement to someone 300 years from now? Am I living in such a way that in my joys and in my sorrows I intentionally and explicitly tell the stories of God’s faithfulness in my life? You and I have been given just a few short years to live. While you still have breath, take time to tell of God’s faithfulness in your life, of his power and his loving kindness to you and those you love. Do not let your life be a missed opportunity to encourage and strengthen the faith of others, even those not yet born. Your faithfulness in life and death can be a story of God’s mighty acts that lives on for generations to come!

“Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God” (Genesis 6:9).

 

Prayer

Father, may my life be a living testament to your faithfulness and great love shown to me in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Application

Take time to write out the stories of God’s faithfulness in your life so that they can be preserved for future generations.

Related Reading

Deuteronomy 7:9; Psalm 119:90; Hebrews 10:23

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Comments

  1. Madame Marie-Helene says:

    When I opened the computer this morning, with a whisper of a prayer as to why I was doing this before breakfast, I saw Wisdom Hunter’s “Tell of His Mighty Acts” was at the top of the emails. I quickly eliminated the spam type mails and settled for a few moments to savor the WH message.
    Psalm 145:4 resonated with me and a project I’ve completed. Then since I’ve also been in St. Paul’s Cathedral and many others in Europe, I walked there again as I read your experience. With tears of humility and gratefulness, the Lord spoke directly to me through this devotional. It was a stunning moment which I haven’t experienced for some time. These were His words spoken to encourage me to continue on to the conclusion of my project – 480 pages of copied letters sent to our parents during our life as missionaries. Its purpose is to declare God’s faithfulness to our adult children and grandchildren. For some months it has been sitting in the computer, waiting for editing to be completed. So, yes I have been discouraged lately to see my deadline missed. But I will move ahead, so that the stories of God’s mighty acts will live on beyond my lifetime. Thank you for your faithful sharing of God’s personal message to you.

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Madame Marie-Helene,
      What a blessing your comments were to us at Wisdom Hunters. Please know that I shared your words with Tripp Prince, the Wisdom Hunter author of “Tell of His Mighty Acts”. We are so thankful that the Lord spoke through Tripp’s words and give our Heavenly Father all the glory!
      What a wonderful project you are working on. This will be a treasure for your family to have those letters. Your parent’s story as missionaries will be a powerful testimony of God’s faithfulness, as well as, your parent’s commitment to the Lord.
      We are so grateful that you are part of the Wisdom Hunter’s family and look forward to hearing from you again.
      In His Love,
      Gwynne
      “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and all who follows his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.”
      Psalm 111:10


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