Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise.”
1 Chronicles 16:35 NIV
Thanks to Your Holy Name
The name “Canada” likely comes from the Huron-Iroquois word “kanata,” meaning “village” or “settlement.” In 1535, two Aboriginal youths told French explorer Jacques Cartier about the route to kanata; they were actually referring to the village of Stadacona, the site of the present-day City of Québec. For lack of another name, Cartier used the word “Canada” to describe not only the village, but the entire area controlled by its chief, Donnacona.
The name was soon applied to a much larger area.
Once Jesus has become real to a person by faith, once He has taken up residence by faith in the life of a man or woman, how we view life changes instantly. We view life, eternity, culture, and society from a soul that has been redeemed and transformed and that now has the assurance that there is a God who loves us and the world and has done everything necessary to redeem it all. There is birthed in us a longing for another Kingdom, ruled by the God who has called us to be citizens. No wonder the Bible says this in 1 Chronicles 16:35: “Cry out, ‘Save us, God our Saviour; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise.’” While on the surface this appears to be a cry to be removed from this world and placed into the Kingdom promised the saints, there is another more immediate message here. Right here and now, we have been called out of the nations to become the people of God offering Him thanks and praise. Don’t wait for Jesus’ return or your own death – praise Him today.
These have been words from the heart.