Monday, January 27, 2014

a world at worship

Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen! 

Psalm 72:18-19

A proper worship of The Lord encompasses a vision of a worshiping world. In this psalm, Solomon primarily is concerned about issues of social justice. He wants God to help him to deliver the needy. He prays for God to assist the king with the task of bringing deliverance to the lowest. He wants justice for the poor (Psalm 72:2); deliverance for the causes of the poor and needy (Psalm 72:4); the fear of God to motivate all the people so that peace abounds (Psalm 72:5-7); and real help for the helpless so that oppression ceases (Psalm 72:12-14).

And when a king fears God in this way, the world takes notice. There is a global impact (Psalm 72:8-11). He is honored as God is obeyed. God rewards such a leader with the respect of the nations. A God-honoring leader is promised a fame among those he leads in righteousness (Psalm 72:17).

It was the vision of Solomon that as he followed God's heart and led the nation, that God be worshiped as a result of the king's faithful actions. Furthermore, the hope of Solomon was that God would be seen at work in a watching world and that the earth might know the God of Israel. True worship of The Lord has a global impact beyond our knowing. And when a passion for God's justice changes people's own injustices, the world will see something for which God gets the credit. And that is the start of a world in worship of our Lord, the God of all people.

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