Words from the Heart for Monday January 16th, 2017
Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done.
Psalm 9:11 (NIV)
Proclaim Among the Nations
We direct our praise upward to the Lord. He is our enthroned One…the King upon the throne. We are also to direct our praise reports outward. The proclaiming of Who our God is must be made to all nations. Start today right where you are. Give Him praise by telling someone about His amazing work in your life.
In 1953, the Israeli Parliament (the Kenneset) passed a law which established Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, as the sole entity authorized to bestow the Righteous Among the Nations title on behalf of the State of Israel. A Righteous Among the Nations is a Gentile who risked his or her life, freedom, and safety in order to rescue one or more Jews from the threat of death or deportation without exacting monetary compensation or other rewards. Since its inception, Yad Vashem has recognized more than 24,300 Righteous Among the Nations from 45 countries around the world. The Canadian Society for Yad Vashem has been honoured to award Canadian descendants of Righteous Among the Nations with the Yad Vashem certificate and medal of honour at prestigious ceremonies.
As the Lord introduced Himself to the world through the people of Israel, it was perceived by many, within Israel and by neighbouring nations, that Yahweh was uniquely the God of Israel. But it was never the ultimate goal of God to limit Himself to be the God of one nation. His passion has always been to build a global kingdom. He is, after all, the Creator of the whole world and as John 3:16 says, “God loved the world, so he sent Jesus.” Even in the Hebrew Scriptures we constantly get a glimpse of God’s plan to redeem men and women from every nation, tribe and tongue. For example, Psalm 9:11 says “Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done.” David recognized that God had manifested His presence in Zion. Even before the Temple was built, the people would gather for worship in Zion, lifting up their praises and offering sacrifices there. But the love and grace of God was not contained in one place. The deeds of God would be proclaimed in every nation of the world. While this happened in a limited way before Jesus came, with the coming of the Holy Spirit in power on the Day of Pentecost, the Gospel would spread like wildfire around the globe. And in our generation, the work to present the Gospel in every language and dialect is taking place like never before. David’s command here is being fulfilled in our day.
These have been words from the heart.