Meditations on Psalm 119:63-64
I am a companion of all who fear you, of those who keep your precepts. The earth, O Lord, is full of your steadfast love; teach me your statutes!
The Psalmist declares his companionship is conditional. He is not a companion of all men. He is a companion to all who fear God (that is love, trust, and obey) and those who keep Gods precepts. There is a great distinction between being a companion and being an acquaintance.
One of the great joys of the Christian faith and one of the best mercies of God is that we can have companionship with Christ Himself, and by extension, anyone who is in Christ. Just as our companionship with Christ is real and not superficial. Companionship with fellow believers is not superficial. The reality of this foundation is on the basis of the atonement of Christ in that he has ransomed a people with his blood from every tribe and language and people and nation (Revelation 5:9) not on the basis of their merit or good works, but for the praise of His Glorious Grace (Ephesians 1:6). Therefore Christianity has no ethnic, socioeconomic, cultural, or any other man-made barriers. As the Apostle Paul teaches in Galatians 3:28, “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave or fee, there is no male or female, for all are all one in Christ Jesus.”
I can remember when I moved to Delaware with my wife and children almost 5 years ago. We had no family on the east coast. No friends on the east coast. No one who we could relate to by worldly standards. We were separated by over 3000 miles. Sadness and depression could have set in because of our situation of not knowing anyone. However, being in Christ we have companionship with those who fear the Lord. What a blessing that throughout the world there are local bodies of believers. So no matter where you are physically you can always have companionship.
This companionship is NOT meant to be just on a Sunday. Fellowshipping on Sundays only is not companionship. This is acquaintanceship. Rather companionship is meant to be part of everyday life of the believer. We are not called to have a social circle of friends that we see once a week. We are called to have companionship. That means we are called by the grace of God to do life together (Acts 4:32). Study the word together (Acts 2:42). Not just read the word but grow in the knowledge of God together (Colossians 1:9-11). Go to the front lines to fight sin together (Galatians 6: 1-5). Bringing the Gospel to the ends of the earth together for the Joy of all peoples (Romans 15:20-21, Romans 10: 14-15). Acquaintances don’t do that. Acquaintances may share something in common but companionship is much different. Companionship has a deeper purpose. A purpose to ultimately glorify God.
What are some practical ways to go from acquaintances to companionship?
1) Abide (begin and continue) in God’s Word and ask him that Psalm 119:63-64 would become a reality for you. You cannot within yourself do this. You need the power of the Sprit. You need the power of the living Word to transform your mind (Romans 12:1-2).
2) Show hospitality to your brothers and sisters in Christ (1 Peter 4:9 and Romans 12:13). Invest in getting to know people in the body by breaking bread and reading the Word as a family. Strive and labor to develop specific relationships with people in the body while at the same time do not show partiality.
3) Grow in the knowledge of God together by attending a home bible study. Bible studies can be very fruitful, I have seen God honor them through conversions. YES! Invite your neighbors too!
4) Be active in the Church as everyone is unique, needed, and sovereignly part of Gods Body (1 Corinthians 12:12-27). This would require thoughtful prayer and maybe even fasting. Ask God to use you for his Glory for the Joy of all peoples.