In Psalm 142:7, we read this: “Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me.”
I know many of you reading this blog currently sit with a great story in your heart about how God set you free. You praise God in a unique and vital way rooted in your story of salvation. As I challenge students and fellow writers and speakers to tell the story of their freedom, I thinking about how this public display of praise will gather a crowd–just as David expected and understood would happen.
When you tell the story of God setting you free from whatever held you back from His abundant life, you’ll find yourself in a fresh community of people who want and need to celebrate with you. You’ll find yourself in the embrace of those drawn to the goodness of Jesus displayed in your life.
So praise Him! Tell your story in writing, in speaking, or in artistic expression of all sorts. And then, expect a crowd. The crowd isn’t about your fame or position. It’s not even about attention or recognition. It’s about being part of a great family of souls who resonate with the freedom of the gospel, where we all gather in a great, inclusive, and marvelous chorus of praise.