Psalm 96; I Chronicles 16:23-33 — Declaring God to the nations

God has a purpose for us.  And it’s clearly defined here in this psalm.  What is it?

David wrote,

1 Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Sing to the LORD, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
3 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

4 For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the LORD made the heavens.
6 Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and glory are in his sanctuary.

What is our purpose?  It’s to declare God to the people around us.  To share the joy we have with others, so that they may have that same joy too.

“Sing to the Lord,” David says.  Why?  To honor God?  Yes.  But not just that.  David continues,  “Proclaim his salvation day after day.  Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.”

Why do we need to do this?  Because so many don’t know him.  “For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.”  So many people think they know who God is, but all they have are things made by human hands.

But not only do we need to let people know how great our God is, but that there is a day of judgment coming. David wrote,

O nations of the world, recognize the Lord;
recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong.
Give to the Lord the glory he deserves! (NLT)

The day will come when all will recognize God for who he is.  He will take his rightful place on the throne over all the earth, and as David writes, “He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his truth.”  (13)

So many people complain about the injustice that’s in the world today.  But they are unaware that when justice comes, it will be true justice.  And if their sin hasn’t been dealt with, they will be judged for all the unjust things they have done.

And so God calls us to go out and tell the people around us about him.  How about you?  Do you share God with the people around you?  Do they know God’s greatness?  God’s love?  And do they know of God’s judgment that is to come?  That’s what God call us to do.  And that’s our main purpose while we’re here on this earth.  Not just to rest in God’s salvation.  Not just to do our own thing.  But to declare God to the nations.


About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください:
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