Thursday, January 16, 2014

mission as worship

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!

Psalm 67:4-5

Worship embraces mission. If we love God we share in His love for His world. And there really is no vision of worship that is only singular or self-driven. God's desire is for the nations to sing for the joy that He brings to the earth. Of all the things that corporate worship can do for us, this is something that it MUST do. We must believe in, celebrate, and rejoice in God's love for everyone. 

We know God loves the world. It is clear in Christ's coming that our Lord is a world savior. God loves the world. And so He sent His Son so that all who believe in Him may now worship Him and possess eternal life. Jesus is the gladdener of the nations. At the name of Jesus every knee will bow and tongue confess He is Lord to the glory of God the Father. It has always been God's vision and call for His people to love the nations as He loves the nations.

O Lord,

Fill me with this picture of love for the nations praising Your greatness. Help me to be sure of this truth: You love the world and are saving people from every tribe upon this planet. May I always labor toward the scene where around Your throne are gathered people from among every ethnicity in the nations, singing of the greatness of Your love and the worthiness of the Lamb that was slain!


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