11th October 2020

Sing the Story Again

I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord; I will remember your wonders of old. I will meditate on all your work, and muse on your mighty deeds.
Psalm 77:11-12 (NRSV)

For a decade of my life I worked with Youth for Christ, a youth movement engaging young people around the world with God’s story. Their model for describing evangelism was called “’Three Story Evangelism:’ how my story, my friend’s story and God’s story all overlap.”

Old Testament writers were well aware of how God’s presence intersected in their collective stories. Here’s Isaiah: “Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the Lord. Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, but I blessed him and made him many” (Isaiah 51:1-2).

Isaiah’s words ring with a common biblical practice: memory. Remember who you are. Remember the quarry you were cut from. The Psalms retell the stories of the patriarchs and heroes to encourage community. They sing through the truths of the faith to bring them back to mind.

When the early church met, they told and re-told the stories of Jesus and read the letters of Paul and the other apostles. In a society where only a part of the people were literate, the stories would be memorised and recited to keep their new identity to the fore for them.

And today? We connect ourselves with the epic of gospel history in the same way. We encourage each other by sharing how God has entered our story, through mundane blessings to amazing red-sea experiences. Telling and re-telling the story helps us to keep faith in focus. How can we tell the story again today? How do we keep these truths in front of our mind’s eye? How can we, like the psalmists, look back to God’s goodness and forward in trust? Let’s sing the story of God’s goodness, again and again, until it becomes the theme and music of our entire lives.

Prayer
Holy Father, repetition helps us to remember. Help us not to find that repeating becomes tedious and boring, but to appreciate what we know and turn it into action and the basis for faith. We pray this through Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study presented by Greg Williams

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The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Greg Williams is President of Grace Communion International and lives in North Carolina, USA.

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