Monday, April 28, 2014

God's steadfast love for the world

Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!

Psalm 117:1-2

The shortest psalm, the shortest chapter in the Bible, reminds us that God loves all the people of the world. It is a call to worship issued to a world loved by God. It calls us to the global mission of worship. It is a mission-setting mindset in miniature.

The global focus could not be more clear: "Praise the LORD, all nations" and again... "Extol him, all peoples". "All" means everybody, without exception, worldwide. If you are a "people", you are in this call and experiencing to one degree or another the great steadfast love of The Lord.

God loves the world. God wants me to love the world. He wants me to make His name great through worship and the proclamation of the Word. He wants the gospel to move forward through the words and actions of His saints so His steadfast saving love is known worldwide!

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