Pray that the saints would proclaim the glad tidings of the gospel, the good news that the world needs today, and that they would also live the gospel, becoming a pattern of the glad tidings that they spread (Psa. 68:11 and notes 111 and 112; Isa. 40:9; 1 Thes. 1:5 and note 51).
Psa. 68:11—The Lord gives the command; / The women who bear the glad tidings are a great host.
Psa. 68:111, women—Signifying the weak ones (1 Pet. 3:7), i.e., all the believers in Christ (cf. 2 Cor. 12:9-10), who can do nothing except proclaim the glad tidings of God’s victory in Christ (v. 12a).
Psa. 68:112, bear—This signifies the announcing of the glad tidings (vv. 12-13) of Christ’s victory and the spoil gained by Him as the portion of God’s elect. While we announce the glad tidings, we enjoy the Triune God as the spoil gained for us by Christ (see notes 124 and 132).
Isa. 40:9—Go up to a high mountain, / O Zion, who brings glad tidings; / Lift up your voice with power, / O Jerusalem, who brings glad tidings; / Lift it up; do not be afraid. / Say to the cities of Judah, / Behold your God!
1 Thes. 1:5—For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, even as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.
1 Thes. 1:51, what kind of men—The apostles not only preached the gospel; they lived it. Their ministering of the gospel was not only by word but also by a life that displayed the power of God, a life in the Holy Spirit and in the assurance of their faith. They were the pattern of the glad tidings that they spread.
Now we must ask a basic and fundamental question: What is the gospel?…The word “gospel” means good news, or glad tidings. The gospel is news that gladdens those who hear it. It is good news from God, from the heavens. (Life-study of Romans, msg. 51, p. 542)
[Psalm 68:11 says,] “The Lord gives the command; / The women who bear the glad tidings are a great host.” The Lord gives the news; the women bear the glad tidings. The men are the strong ones; the women are the weaker vessels (1 Pet. 3:7). In appearance you may be a man, in name you may be a man, but in reality we are all women; we are all weaker ones. All the bearers of the glad tidings are not the strong but the weak. To accomplish a work, you need strong ones, but to bear the glad tidings you do not need strong ones. We all must bear the glad tidings. We cannot do anything, but we can bear the glad tidings—we can tell people that Christ is Victor, that Christ has ascended and led captive a train of vanquished foes! Hallelujah! We cannot send Christ to the heavens, but we can bear the glad tidings. I am utterly weak; in reality I am just a woman—but I can do something, I can bear the glad tidings. Psalm 68:17 says, “The kings of the armies flee. / They flee!” These are the tidings. The enemy is defeated! (CWWL, 1969, vol. 1, “How to Meet,” ch. 14, p. 220)
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