In times of trouble, God’s people turned to praise and worship.
We have many examples of this.
In Acts 16:25 we see Paul and Silas in prison and at midnight they sang praising God, and they caused an earthquake!
When the psalmist was in trouble he turned to God in worship, we have 150 such songs, heartfelt prayers to God, full of the nitty gritty outward expressions of how the psalmist felt about his lockdown situations.
In a previous blog on the 1st Oct. I shared about
- the Top line blessing, that is, God has blessed us through coming to faith in Jesus, and the
- Bottom line blessing, which should be, us being instrumental in taking that blessing to the Nations. This was the calling given to Abraham, and the same calling given to us by Jesus to do the same,
‘Go into all the world and make disciples of all Nations.’Matthew 28:19-20.
This theme of taking the blessing of God and sharing it with the nations was written into the worship of the psalmist and this Psalm is an example of that.
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us—Psalm 67
so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.
May the peoples praise you, God;
may all the peoples praise you.
May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth.
May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you.
The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us.
May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.
Two things happened to bless me this week, the first, was the song in Psalm 67, and the second, the mission focus of the sermon given by Jeremy Simkin,
Jeremy talked about the amazing outreach done by the New Frontiers churches of the Christ Central Group. This union of churches has taken the Gospel to 25 nations and planted 275 churches, he spoke of how persecution had caused the gospel to spread in the Ukraine.
The task of reaching the nations is far from complete, In the world there are 16,700 people groups, 6,900 still remain unreached with the gospel.
There are 7,000 languages, only 700 of them have the bible translated in their own language! Tyndale in 1525 translated the first printed edition of the bible in English, since then there have been 450 other English translations!
How are we going to be a blessing to these nations and fulfill god’s plan for our lives?
This video clip gives us a glimpse of the nations coming to praise God, and a very good reason to refocus our lives during this time of lockdown.
This is just a foretaste of what it will be like on that glorious day when every tribe and nation will stand before the throne of God praising Jesus.
How are these 6,900 unreached tribes going to be reached?
How are they going to read God’s word when 6,300 languages remain without a bible in their own tongue?
Mission to the nations is not just for one Sunday a year, it should captivate and motivate our thoughts, our worship, our prayers, and our giving 365 days of the year.
The Great Commission that Jesus gave us was meant to be taken seriously. It is not the great suggestion, something that we might like to think about, it is a command to be obeyed
God may be using this time of lockdown to help us.
a time to help us reflect on His goodness to us,
a time to refocus on what He wants to do through us,
a time to receive a new revelation and calling from God,
a time to think how we can bless others,
and a time to reach out in obedience to God’s calling on our life,
a time to sing a new song that becomes our all consuming vision for our lives today and in the years to come.