David said, “All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth, and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord.” (138:4-5) We hear that and we say oh how I wish that were true, that all the leaders of the nations of the world would bow down before the true and living God and worship him. In the first place the world would simply be a much nicer place. All we’d have to worry about then would be denominational differences, not radical religious animosities. Usually one doesn’t hear much about the Methodists killing the Baptists. (ha!)
But then we quickly remind ourselves that the likelihood of all the leaders of all the nations of the world giving thanks to the true God is very remote. Except……….the Bible tells us that one day it will be overwhelmingly true. Because of Jesus incarnation, death and resurrection, the Father has given him a name that is above every name. And one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11) Not only all the leaders but all the people of all the nations will one day honor him. Sadly though, at that time for many of them it will be too late. Their confession will not result in salvation but in damnation and separation from God forever.
That’s why we need to be a people with a heart for the nations and spread the gospel to the ends of the earth so that before it is too late there will be those from every tribe and tongue and people and nation who will profess Christ as Savior and Lord and they will one day be gathered with us around the throne of God for eternity to proclaim his glory. (Revelation 7:9) Let’s get busy!!
Prayer: Father, help us to be a part of seeing David’s prophecy come true. Help us to desire your glory to be spread among the nations. Let us live in such a way that those around us are drawn to you and those whom we don’t even know have a chance to hear the gospel. Let us be on mission for you.