“Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all so live in them. Let the desert and its town raise their voices; let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice. Let the people of Sela sing for joy; let them shout from the mountaintops. Let them give glory to the Lord and proclaim his praise in the islands.” (Isaiah 42:10-12)
All the nations of the earth are to praise the Lord for His grace. Salvation puts a “new song” in the heart of everyone who will embrace the gospel.
From the top of the mountain, to the desert, to the coastland, to the end of the earth, all are to sing to the Lord because of His great salvation. The gospel is universal; it is for everyone.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, Your plans are so well thought out, and are much better than we could ever come up with. These passages speak of “a new song” in the hearts of those who embrace the gospel. From the mountaintops to the sea and everything in between references the gospel. Where is the gospel to come from? You, me, and everyone who has received the gospel from someone else and passed along to others. It is evangelism, beloved, that extends the gospel message on to all they come into contact with, It is in this way, that all will proclaim His praise, for all nations that proclaim the gospel, will cause a multitude of people to do the same and then one day, when God declares it to Jesus, that He will return and find all nations proclaiming the message. This is our prayer today, that more and more people will begin to proclaim, but it takes each and everyone to start the movement. I pray you all understand this and participate. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Maturity is learning that some life experiences should be avoided.”
“My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations, says the Lord Almighty.” (Malachi1:11)
God condemns His people, even His ministers, when they do not obediently contribute to the fulfillment of His purpose to let all nations know He is he only God. What Malachi though was happening or would soon happen outside Jerusalem is not clear from this text. In the biblical view as a whole, we know that God does not demand specific rituals limited to one specific place.
God wants all people everywhere to worship Him. He wants universal recognition as the only God. Therefore all nations need the Lord. God’s entire history with His people has one goal: to bring all nations to worship Him. How does this happen? It simply comes down to those of us who claim to be Christians, and we start by proclaiming one person and then the next and so on, the gospel message. It takes us all working and proclaiming the Gospel and every opportunity.
“Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. Phillip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there. When the crowds heard Phillip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said. With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed. So there was great joy in that city.” (Acts8:4-8)
Evangelism among the Samaritans was a major breakthrough for the gospel. Some in Jerusalem believed people outside of Abraham’s lineage had to become Jews religiously before they could become Christians.
Phillips evangelizing in Samaria proved that belief wrong. He opened the door to those outside the Jewish community. He proved the gospel to have a universal appeal for all people who will hear, heed, and believe.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“In His name the nations will put their hope.” (Matthew12:21)
Beloved, God sent Christ to provide hope for all nations. His salvation is available to all who are willing to accept it.
God provided all that was necessary to proclaim the gospel message, but then He sent His Son, provide the key element to make it all come together…..HOPE. Without hope, it could falter and fail, but with hope, strength of faith, and the belief all combined, make a formidable proclamation that all can understand and accept. Do we serve an awesome God or what!?