With my lips I have told of all the ordinances of Your mouth.
Psalm 119:13

Have you ever heard someone say that they don’t share the gospel, they just live the gospel? This might sound admirable to some, but it certainly is not biblical. The Scriptures are clear that we must live the gospel and share the gospel.

…but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.
1 Peter 3:15–16

Notice that the psalmist actually tells others about “all the ordinances of Your mouth.” Consider what this implies. First of all, the psalmist must know what these ordinances are. That means study and retention. He benefits personally from learning the ordinances and he is committed to sharing these ordinances with others. This is not something he hopes to do, it is what he has been doing and is doing.

It is easy for us to get in the habit of learning the word of God for our own benefit, and this is important. But we also must consider how we can communicate to others all the ordinances of God. This is our privileged responsibility.

“When we make the Scriptures the subject of our conversation, we glorify God, we edify our neighbors, and we improve ourselves.” He does not love God, His Son, nor His word, who does not sincerely desire to bring others to do the same.1 Horne in W.S. Plummer, Psalms, 1028

“When the word of God is really in the heart, it will also be found on the lips.”2 Hengstenberg in W. S. Plummer, Psalms, p. 1028

My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness and of Your salvation all day long; For I do not know the sum of them.
Psalm 71:15

But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.
Psalm 73:28

Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, and I will tell of Your greatness.
Psalm 145:6

Make sure you are living in such a way that you can always open your mouth to share the truths of God’s word!


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