Proclaiming Jesus to the Nations

Scripture: Psalm 96:3, ‘Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.’

 

Observations: Psalm 96 is all about declaring God’s glory ‘among the nations.’ In fact, the word nations appears twice (v3,10), while the word ‘peoples’ appears 4 times (v3,6,10,13). And the psalmist also mentions families (v7, which the ESV translates as ‘families of nations), the earth (v9,11,13), and the world (v10,13). It is obvious that the psalmist has a global concern. He wants the whole earth to hear about the Lord. The Lord made the earth (v5), and it not only belongs to him, but it ought to worship him (v7-9). Also, the Lord will one day judge the earth and all its people (v13).

 

Application: Are we declaring God’s glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples? Of course for the psalmist that would be God’s acts in history i.e. the Exodus event etc. But for us the most marvelous deed that God has done is sending his only Son to die on the cross for our sins and then raising him back to life. We declare God’s glory and marvelous deeds by proclaiming Jesus Christ. Do we have a global concern? Do we have a concern that our neighbours hear about Jesus? Do we have a concern about our community, our nation, and the rest of the world? How are we implanting that concern in our personal lives? Do we talk to our neighbours about Jesus? Do we engage with our community as a church? Do we pray for missionaries and support the church in other parts of the world? How you telling the nations that ‘the Lord reigns? (v10)’

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, You are glorious, You have done marvelous deeds. You not only created the heavens and the earth, but You sent Your own Son to die for the sins of the world in order to rescue a people lost in sin. And Lord I confess that I struggle to sing Your praises day after day, let alone proclaim them to my neighbours, or my community, let alone my nation, or the world. Lord, may my love and awe of You motivate me to be bold in proclaiming Your name. May my life and my words be a declaration of Your glory and goodness. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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