Words from the Heart for Tuesday July 11th, 2017
All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name.
Psalm 86:9 (NIV)
When we are praying for the spread of the Good News of salvation to come to all the world, this verse directs us how to pray. This is the heart of our Redeemer God for all people everywhere. If you are watching the world news today, make this same declaration over the nations that are mentioned. He has both the desire and the plan plus the power to fulfill it.
How does Canada stack up against other nations? The Status of World Liberty Index ranks countries based on the economic and personal freedoms of their citizens. In 2014, Canada ranked 10th. The UN’s Human Development Index measures education, income and life expectancy. Canada ranked 8th in this year’s index. Canada is a little further down in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business survey, but we still came in at a respectable #16. In 2014 Canada ranked 6th in the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom. Canada ranked 18th in the Reporters Without Borders 2014 World Press Freedom Index. The Corruption Perceptions Index measures abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery. Canada ranked 9th for the least corrupt country in the world. The Global Peace Index rates countries based on how peaceful they are. In 2014, Canada ranked 7th.
We live in an amazing world. Over two hundred nations, thousands of tribes and a tower of babel full of languages. God loves them all, and the Bible is the record of His desire to draw people from every language group, tribe and nation to Himself. The Bible often points to the time when God will establish His eternal kingdom and He will be surrounded by men and women from every one of those tribes, nations and language groups. Many people think that the Old Testament is just the story of the Jews and God’s relationship with them. But sprinkled throughout the Hebrew Scriptures we find God’s love for the nations and His plan to draw the people from every nation to Himself. Psalm 86:9 says “All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name.” King David was the ruler of the Israelites, the nation that had a special relationship with the Creator of the Universe. You would think that he would rejoice in that special status and desire to keep God to himself and his own people. But David was a man after God’s own heart and he rejoices that one day all the nations will gather to worship the living God. When Jesus died and rose again, that became possible and we live in a day when see God drawing the nations to Himself. Rejoice in that!
These have been words from the heart.