Bud Wilkerson, a nationally respected football coach was once asked by a reporter, “Coach, how much has football contributed to the nation’s desire to be physically fit?”
Looking at the reporter, he said, “Nothing - not one thing.”
Surprised, the reporter asked, “Would you care to elaborate on that?”
“Certainly,” said Wilkerson. “I define football as twenty-two men on a field desperately needing rest and forty-thousand people in the stands desperately needing exercise.”
The writer of Psalm 96 must have thought the same way the coach did. “For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise.” Here the Psalmist is talking about those who are in the stands cheering and shouting about His greatness. But before there was cheering he wrote of those who were taking God’s message of salvation to the lost and dying - those who were on the “field” involved in a battle for the souls of mankind - the ones who were “declaring God’s glory and marvelous deeds” and “sharing and proclaiming His salvation!”
John R. Mott once said, “If a man has religion he must do one of two things with it. If it is false, he must give it up. And if it is true, he must give it away.”
Imagine how loud the shouts would be in heaven if we had more people on the field battling for the souls of the lost and dying? We must give it away.
Prayer: We pray, Father, that we may work with You to win the lost and then shout for joy when they believe. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 96:4a For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised;