Keeping a Full Tank
Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds. Exult in his holy name; rejoice, you who worship the Lord. Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him. Remember the wonders he has performed, his miracles, and the rulings he has given, you children of his servant Israel, you descendants of Jacob, his chosen ones. He is the Lord our God. His justice is seen throughout the land. Remember his covenant forever— the commitment he made to a thousand generations.
1 Chronicles 16:8-15 NLT
Let me give the background of our passage for today. David is the king of Israel and desired to have the Ark of the Covenant in Jerusalem. He had attempted to move it but failed. Then he received instructions on the proper way to treat the Ark and now has moved it to the special tent he prepared in Jerusalem. The Ark was the manifest presence of God for the nation.
Then David worshiped God and wrote this song of praise. In this song, we have a great reminder of how to fuel our faith. It is possible to be a follower of Jesus and have an empty faith tank. I have a dummy light in my truck that informs me when my gas tank is getting close to empty. Even though there is a gas gauge, my truck knows I don’t also pay attention to the gauge. I have had several occasions, even with the dummy light, where I just coasted into a gas station to fill my tank.
I keep promising myself I’ll fill it when it gets close to a quarter left—but then I get busy and think I got enough left, so I’ll just wait for a more convenient time.
Our faith tank can be just like this. We get busy and fail to recognize we are running low on our faith. Here are David’s two secrets to keeping our faith tank full.
First, “remember the wonders He has performed.” This is crucial. When we forget all the miracles God has already performed in our lives, we empty our faith tank.
In the Old Testament, the children of Israel had a problem remembering the miracles of God. In Exodus, chapter 16, God miraculously delivered them from slavery in Egypt. They walked through the Red Sea on dry ground and then watched Pharaoh and his army drown in the same sea. Yet, a few days later they were complaining about life. God had performed ten miracles with the plagues that devastated Egypt and freed them. None of the plagues had touched them or their possessions. Yet, they forgot what God had done.
What has God done for you? Has He forgiven your sins? Has He provided in moments of need? Has God given you health? A place to live? Food to eat? Remember the wonders He has performed. This will fill your faith tank.
Second, David told us, “remember His covenant.” The covenant was all the promises that God had made to the children of Israel. David said in order to fill your faith tank, remember the promises of God.
In the New Testament, Paul told us faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). We need to daily repeat the promises of God to ourselves. I have a daily confession to remind myself what God’s Word says about me.
God’s Word says I am an overcomer because greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world. I have the victory that overcomes the world even my faith. I am confident that He Who began a good work in me will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. These are all promises that apply to every follower of Christ.
If we don’t know the Word of God, we will not know the promises of God, and we will have an empty faith tank. Instead of having faith in God, we will only have hope. Hope turns to faith when it is based on the promises of God.
How’s your faith tank? Is it time to fill it up?
Holy Spirit, help me remember the miracles God has worked in my life. Help me study and memorize the promises of God. Forgive me for running on an empty faith tank.
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