Remember the Nations2
Remember the Nations
The Psalms repeatedly raise the anthem of spreading God’s fame to all the nations. For example, from Psalm 96:
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! (v.3)
Say among the nations, ‘The LORD reigns!' (v.10)
The rest of the Bible reveals that the kingship of God is meant for the entire earth, the entire universe. Isaiah prophecies the nations coming together to worship Yahweh God. Revelation describes people from every tribe and tongue falling before the throne of God in worship.
This is the heartbeat of the Bible. Is it yours?
Let me suggest five ways to help keep the nations near to your heart.
1. Visit the Joshua Project
The Joshua Project is an online database that keeps track of all the unreached people groups in our world, that is, ethnic groups who have no knowledge or witness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Explore the site and discover these people!
Better yet, sign up for a daily email of the People Group of the Day to pray for. In the email you will receive a brief outline of the group and how to pray for them, as well as a map of where they are located. This resource has proved invaluable in my life to keep me aware and praying. Another similar one in book format is Operation World which guides you each day through a different country and people to pray for.
2. Visit Persecution.org
This is another site I regularly visit and receive updates from. The ICC (International Christian Concern) created this site to grow greater awareness of Christian persecution in our world. My own problems diminish greatly when I begin to pray for those persecuted for their faith.
3. Pray for our own Missionaries
Each week I also pray for the missionaries ECC supports, as well as personal friends who are missionaries. If you want a helpful list of our missionaries, visit our missions webpage or click here for a downloadable pdf.
On that note, you may want to explore the EPC World Outreach and look at the great work our denomination is doing toward reaching the nations.
4. Read the Bible
Reading the Bible every day will ignite your passion to spread the fame of God to every nation and people group. Reading the Bible will grow your understanding of the story of God as it unfold from Genesis to Revelation, capturing your imagination for how God’s kingship includes bringing the ends of the earth to him.
Read, re-read, and keep reading the Bible.
5. Drink Deeply of the Glory of God
In Let the Nations Be Glad, John Piper once famously wrote that growing a love for evangelism and missions requires only one fuel: worshipping and beholding God.
There is a proportional relationship between your love for missions/evangelism and taking time to delight in the beauty of God. Trust me. The more you behold the riches of God's glory and meditate on his glorious promises, the more you will not be able to contain your desire to see his fame spread across the city of Cincinnati and the nations of this world.
Behold the majesty of God: this is the ultimate key to growing your love for the nations.
...By your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and langauage and people and nation...(Rev 5:9)