For thousands of years, the Psalms have been read, sung and prayed by people all over the world. Some of the most true and genuine expressions of faith in The Bible, they have a unique way of touching the lives of those both in and out of the church. The beautiful composition of their poetic and melodic words leaves a lasting impact.
For example, when we hear the words, “As the deer pants for streams of water,” most of us will finish the verse with, “so my soul pants for you” (Psalm 41:1). The same goes for Psalm 23. When we hear, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not,” most of us will say, “want” (Psalm 23:1).
Likewise, at the sound of, “Be still,” we shouldn’t have any trouble finishing the verse with, “and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). It’s easy, right? There’s only one problem, though. Unlike the first two verses, Psalm 46:10 is still incomplete. It doesn’t end there.
The whole verse actually reads, “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
As we “be still” and reflect on who God is, we cannot miss the fact that He is a God of all nations. Our God wants His name to be exalted in all the earth!
This is woven throughout the Bible. God makes a covenant with Abraham in Genesis 12 by essentially telling him that he is going to be “blessed” to “be a blessing,” not just among his family or the families near him, but “all the families of the earth will be blessed” (Gen. 12:2-3). Throughout the Old Testament, time and time again, we read how God uses the family of Abraham, Israel, to make His name great among all the peoples of the earth.
Then, in His great and perfect plan of redemption, God sends His Son, Jesus, to live a perfect life and to die a terrible death. But in accordance with the Scriptures, death was unable to thwart God’s plan because Jesus was raised from the dead and now sits at the right hand of God.
In Jesus, God is redeeming a people unto Himself. As with Abraham and Israel, though, this redemption, this blessing, is not to be held on to and enjoyed within the walls of our homes and churches. We have been reconciled to be “ministers of reconciliation” (2 Cor. 5:18). We have been blessed to be a blessing among “all the families of the earth.”
God is a God of all nations, tribes and tongues. He will make His name great among all peoples. In Jesus, God will redeem a chosen people unto Himself, and these people will come from every people group on earth. “By your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people, and nation” (Rev. 5:9).
God’s heart for the nations is unmistakable.
As His chosen people, we join Him in making it our desire to see His name made great among all the earth. This is not an option for us. This is a matter of obedience or disobedience. God is fulfilling His plan, redeeming and reconciling people from every people group on earth, and He is doing it through us. He is doing it through you.
Let our hearts be troubled that there are still over 6,000 unreached people groups. Let us join God in this global plan of redemption. Some will go to the ends of the earth. Some will send. We all pray.
Pray for the nations. Pray that God will raise up laborers from The Village to go to people groups whom have yet to be reached. Pray that all the peoples of the earth will be glad in our great God and King.
Be still and know that I am God, and I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted among the earth. Psalm 46:10