From Pastor Mark
“Sing to the LORD, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!”
1 Chronicles 16:23-24
What makes God so amazing? In part, it’s that God does for us what we could never do for ourselves. That is why in our fighter verses we are commanded to “sing,” and “tell,” and “declare.” God’s marvelous works are worth celebrating—especially his work of salvation.
But, let’s be honest. What sounds like good news to us often doesn’t sound like good news to people around us. Have you ever had someone give you a strange look when you try to explain how God created us to be in relationship with him, but we have sinned, and how Jesus came to die and rise again to rescue us from sin and death? I know I have.
And yet as strange as our message sounds to many, to those who understand it and believe it, we consider it the greatest message in human history. As Paul said, “For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:22-24).
Christ is the power and wisdom of God. He has the power to do what we could not do and the wisdom to do it in a way that brings us back to God. That is why we sing and tell and declare. Because to Christians, the message of Jesus is overwhelmingly satisfying. We can be forgiven, we can be set free from the countless idols that plague our hearts, and we can experience intimacy with our Heavenly Father. The joy of this message is not just meant for a particular nation or people group. It’s meant for “the nations” and for “all the peoples.” That means the fulfillment of these verses can only happen when we share this message with the entire world.
Of course, by yourself, you cannot share the gospel to all the nations. But together as the body of Christ, we can each play a role in spreading God’s fame around the globe. It may mean going and living cross-culturally to do that. It will mean giving generously so that others can do that. It will mean praying that God would raise us people to go to every ethnic group on the planet (Matthew 9:37-38). And it will absolutely mean that wherever you are right now, you declare God’s glory and seek to make more disciples of Jesus.
Will you sing to the Lord today?
Will you tell of his salvation?
Will you declare his glory among the nations?