Bread – Testimony

January 16, 2017


Psalm 48

As we have heard, so have we seen...”  Ps. 48:8

Psalm 48 is generally about Jerusalem as representative of God Himself.  In the middle of it is this phrase, “As we have heard, so have we seen…”  The direct reference is that the writer has heard about God’s victory over Israel’s enemies, and has witnessed this very same victory himself.  The inhabitants of the City of God have heard about God’s salvation and have themselves seen that salvation.

If we had merely heard about God’s faithfulness, His power, His majesty, His mercy, and His love, would we have a testimony to give?  In a court of law, the answer may be “no” because we lawyers might call it is “hearsay.”  We have only heard about it from third persons, so the fact we have heard it is not itself evidence of its truth.  And so, in that place (a court), we may have no testimony to give.

However, we do rely on documented history in our ordinary life.  In fact, we say that those who do not understand history are doomed to repeat it.  So, at least in this context, since the Bible contains documented history, we certainly have a practical testimony based upon what we have heard about God’s work historically.

But our God is a living God, God of the present as well as the past.  And, therefore, each of us has an actual testimony.  Each of us can say in their own lives, “as we have heard, so have we seen…”  We have seen God’s mercy, grace, love, and power in our own lives and we have seen it in the lives of others.  We have each seen things which are miracles, even though as “educated” man we may be inclined to mark them up to “predictable, but low probability outcomes” or perhaps “mere coincidences.”

We have a good testimony from what we have heard and what we have seen, but is it the best testimony?

Psalm 48 is about Jerusalem, the place of God’s residence.  It is a physical place, a place which can be touched and felt.  It is a place in time which can be observed.

God’s residence today is in us, in our souls, our hearts and minds.  Can people touch us and know that God lives in us?  Are we a physical, walking, breathing, touchable place of God’s habitation?  Would people see us as a fortress, a sanctuary, a place where God is in residence?

There is the testimony of what we have heard.  There is the testimony of what we have seen.  There is the testimony of who we are.

What testimony will we give this week?  About whom and about what?  To whom will we give it?

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© 2017 GBF   All Scripture quotations are from the English Standard Version (2001), unless otherwise indicated.

 

 

 

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