How can we posses a knowledge of the Gospel and not rejoice? The essence of the good news is that we are sinners, by nature children of wrath. God justly punishes sin because of His holiness. Instead of the wrath of God being poured out on deserving sinners, like you and me, it was exhausted on Jesus the Messiah, God’s Son. Now, not only do we have reconciliation to God, but Paul writes in Romans 5:11 that we are not only reconciled to God, but “we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Clap your hands, all peoples!
Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared,
a great king over all the earth.
He subdued peoples under us,
and nations under our feet.
He chose our heritage for us,
the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah. (Psalm 47:1-4)
Are you responding to God’s mercy in your life, or has it become common place? What does this passage have to say to us about the inclusiveness of the Gospel (to all nations, tribes, races, peoples)? What implications can we draw about evangelism from the exclusivity of this one king over the nations? Are you longing for others to worship and exult in God so much that you are willing to go or give to foreign missions? What about your neighbor next door who is from India or who looks different than you do?
May the Nations Rejoice and God’s people live in such a way that screams joy and satisfaction in the all powerful God!