God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne. The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted!
You are God of the nations. You reign over this earth, even as nations rage and people imagine vain things against You. From heaven's throne Your will is done and Your justice will sound forth. You call Your people to proclaim Your rule in this world, to live out the justice and peace that the gospel brings and to fight against the rebellion and injustices that sin leads among us.
You sent Your Son to redeem the nations. All the powers of Your rule subdue the powers of mankind, not by sword, nor by diplomacy, but by the foolishness of the preaching of the gospel in the death of Your Son and new life in His resurrection. He is the King of Kings and Prince of Peace Who has left His followers as His regents and representatives to do His work. It is the only way it will get done. And in the saving life of Christ we must love the world as You do, Lord!
At a time when the world stops at least to tacitly acknowledge the celebration of Jesus' birth, may we show them His life. And may the princes of this world bow heads and humble hearts to the Savior of all the world. May that vision of every knee bowed and every tongue confessing that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father fill the hearts of Christians at Christmas.