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Summary: Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.

Come and Hear What God Has Done

Psalm 66:16

John Shearhart

November 13, 2011

Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.

Have you ever read a better verse than this? I get a new favorite verse every two or three days, and this is one of my new favorites. Let’s think about it for a little while and make note of a few simple points:

#1- There are people who will come to hear when someone talks about God

“Come and hear, all ye that fear God.”

Do you know what I first pictured when I read this verse? I pictured you. I thought of your smiling faces and your warm hearts; you’ve left your homes to come and hear. I pictured you sitting in your pews all spread out in your normal places listening to me extol Him. You haven’t come because I’m

so great. I’m not an eloquent speaker—you’ve come because you want to hear about God.

This word is food to us isn’t it? We see the beauty of the Lord, and we don’t want to enjoy it alone. We come together as a sacred assembly to worship Him and sing His praises. What a blessing!

We are a body; a group of people that fear God. We’ve been called out and singled out by Him, and we have a common hope of redemption. We’ve all seen His glory, and we just can’t get enough of it. Have you ever met someone for the first time, and you start talking about God, and you just sense this immediate connection? It’s more than just common personalities—you share a brotherhood in the faith. We just love to be around each other.

We love our unity. We don’t talk about unity just because we’re afraid of losing it. Anyone who fears the Lord jealously protects his unity with others who fear Him. There’s this fellowship and comradery that exceeds natural bonds. There’s no explanation for it other than we’re united in Christ.

And so we also love our purity. It’s not that we’re self-righteous, but He is holy. And we’re in Him, so we naturally desire to also be holy. You know, church discipline is a hard thing to do, but anyone who fears the Lord and loves unity will also embrace the fact that God is jealous. We’ll be as jealous for Him and for the purity of His body as He is. It’s not to be mean—we fear the Lord!

We love that He is our Head. We don’t think His commands are too much. We don’t think we can do what we want. He can do whatever He wants to do with us, and we have to obey because we love Him!

We love to fear Him. I’m not afraid of standing before God, but I recognize that He is high and lifted up! I want to see Him lifted higher and higher. That’s why we’ve come together.

“Come and hear, all ye that fear God.”

#2- The people who come want to hear about what God has done

They fear God, and so they want to hear about Him. Look at the second half of the sentence: “and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.”

I’ve told you before, but sometimes it’s very strange to me to think that I get paid to labor in the word. I understand that it’s biblical, but how odd—my work in life is to study the Scriptures and to be a pastor to you.

But just think about it—the gospel is good news.

Faith comes by hearing.

We encourage each other with our tongues.

Jesus preached victory to the spirits in prison.

Christianity is a declaration to the glory of God.

And it’s just presented so simply in this verse. I love to study the Scriptures. There’s so much I don’t understand, and so much of it’s so complex, but at its root nothing could be simpler. “Come and hear and I will declare.” What’s easier than that?

Sometimes I sit in front of my computer for hours at a time trying to think of what I’ll preach. Then I spend several more hours trying to think of what to say about what I’ll preach. This week I wrote about four sermons before I finally settled on this verse, and it just felt right, you know?

There’s a time to go deep, and there’s a time to rest and to enjoy the Lord!

On our path to the Celestial City we sometimes pass through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, we meet all kinds of trials and temptations, we face all kinds of dangers and meet plenty of enemies, but sometimes God leads our steps to a bright meadow. The grass is soft and green and the water is cool and pure.

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