Encouragement for your daily walk with God
I love the New Testament Greek word translated proclaim. It is used many ways such as, to advertise or publish. Among its many usages is the idea to divulge, meaning, to make known private or sensitive information, in other words, to make something known that otherwise would be unknown.
Whether it is to proclaim, advertise, or divulge, proclamation has always been an integral part of Hebrew worship. Hear the Psalmist proclaim “O my soul, bless GOD, don’t forget a single blessing! He forgives your sins—every one. He heals your diseases—every one. He redeems you from hell—saves your life! He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown. He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal. He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence. GOD makes everything come out right; he puts victims back on their feet. He showed Moses how he went about his work, opened up his plans to all Israel. GOD is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, he’s rich in love." [Psalm 103.2-8 The MESSAGE Paraphrase]
Every Christ follower has opportunities to speak for God as an ambassador [2 Corinthians 5.20]. When those times come, you have the privilege to announce the excellencies - the mighty, heroic deeds of God - who called you into His service.
And like the Psalmist, don’t forget the other benefits from God: security, care, affection, holiness, compassion, and so much MORE! You are an ambassador of the living God. What an honor to advertise, publish, and divulge the excellencies of the One who has granted us so much.
That you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9