“Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. How awesome is the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth!” (Psalm47:1-2)
The whole of this psalm praises God’s sovereignty. Israel learned this through their historical, personal experiences with God. That is the only way we can fully learn of God’s sovereignty. He must control our lives.
God wants believers to tell the masses the wondrous deeds of the Lord. The “joy of the Lord” is not only our strength (Nehemiah 8:10); it is the motivation of our evangelization to all people.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, those of who have fully accepted God through His Son Jesus Christ, have opened the door to our hearts to allow Christ to enter. Combined with the Holy Spirit, we are from that day forward, looking at people differently that ever before, for now we look at others as Christ would look at them. Therefore, it makes sense that we would want to share the message of salvation with all that we come into contact with and whom we share the love of Christ with. Each day is a new day, with untold numbers of people that we might share the message with. Not all will accept the message, but it is our duty to present it, and there’s to accept or reject. In this we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Keep looking up, for God is always looking down….!”
“The king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Cuthan, Avva, Hamath and Sephavaim and settled them in the towns of Samaria to replace the Israelites. They took over Samaria and lived in its towns. When they first lived there, they did not worship the Lord; so he sent lions among them and they killed some of the people. It was reported to the king of Assyria: ‘The people you deported and resettled in the towns of Samaria do not know what the god of that country requires.’ He has sent lions among them, which are killing them off, because the people. Then the king of Assyria gave this order: ‘Have one of the priests you took captive from Samaria go back to live there and teach the people what the god of the land requires.’ So one of he priests who had been exiled from Samaria came to live in Bethel and taught them how to worship the Lord.” (2nd Kings 17:24–28)
When people do not know God and His will, sin and the inevitable judgment will fall (Proverbs 14:34). God desires the masses, all of society, to know His will and way. In the case of the resettlement of Samaria, the priest instructed the masses concerning God’s purposes, and to some limited extent they responded positively. We must reach with the gospel as many of the masses of people as we can by all the means we can employ.
“This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Many peoples and the inhabitants of many cities will yet come, and the inhabitants of one city will go to another and say, ‘Let us go at once to entreat the Lord and seek, the Lord Almighty. I myself am going.’ And many peoples and powerful nations will come to Jerusalem to seek the Lord Almighty and to entreat him.’ This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In those days ten men from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’” (Zechariah8:20-23)
Beloved, when the message of salvation is heralded, nations come to hear and seek the Lord. What a responsibility and joy that is. This the glory of evangelism—-and the duty of he church!
Second Thought of the Day:
“After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand and she got up. News of this spread through all that region. As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, ‘Have mercy on us, Son of David!’ When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him and he asked them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ ‘Yes Lord,’ they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘According to your faith will it be done to you;’ and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, ‘See that no one knows about this.’ But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.” (Matthew 9:25-31)
Miracles demonstrate human faith and divine mercy. In response to the blind men’s confession of faith, Jesus healed them. Thus, He answered their plea for mercy. He did not, however, accept their designation as Son of David in the way they meant it, for He did not want people looking to Him as a new political David, nor a Warrior David.
The healed men could not help telling their own experience. Healing in answer to prayer continues to strengthen faith and motivate witness. Salvation from Christ fires an unquenchable desire in our hearts to spread the gospel to all people.