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

 

Here is a dream expressed. These words contain God’s desire for His creation. For the Lord has directed the greatest share of His attention and concern toward the realization of His expressed intent to see all people and all of our nations reconciled to Him. Although the world does not seem to be ready for this to happen, God is not deterred from His mission. However, He is restrained; for, the Lord waits and watches and He speaks truth and engages our hearts. Yet, the time for the final reckoning is not here, and God has not yet set in motion all that ensues.

 

For now, people who know God, those who name Christ as Lord and Savior and proclaim the name Son of God, are called to cross over the barriers that define our separation. We can embrace our differences as intriguing and our individual practices of faith as fuller expression of worship. In the body of Christ we can embrace the fact that God’s Word is our common language, and allow His Spirit to be our translator. Christ sees no difference among His people, and He empowers us to see as He does.

 

God’s heart is delighted when we sing our praises to Him. He enjoys the notes of our solitary choruses, and He gets great pleasure out of choirs of voices joined together for this purpose. Yet even more, God’s heart is gratified when the gathered voices are a rich and a deep symphony that is made of people of all genders, races, and nationalities. The Lord loves the rich tapestry of our distinctive clothing and the depth of expression that comes as our various languages sing out together as we follow Christ and shout our praises to the Lord on high!