by Craig Heidenreich
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Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy … God reigns over the nations (Psalm 47:1,8a).
Read Psalm 47
The children of Israel were called to be God’s chosen people, and sometimes they misunderstood what this meant. They were chosen for a purpose (as are we).
Their purpose was to be ‘priests to the nations’, and the psalmist picks up a sense of this here.
Psalm 47 speaks of God’s relationship with all the peoples of the earth and not just the Israelites. Hundreds of years before this psalm was written, God revealed to Abraham his plans saying, ‘All peoples on earth will be blessed through you’ (Genesis 12:2,3).
The Israelites had this call to be a blessing, and now those of us who live in the church era are sent with this message to the nations.
The kingdom of God is near – Jesus is Lord! God reigns over the nations (verse 8).
Lord Jesus, we live in a time when the nations are coming to us like never before, and many of them are yet to hear about you. Help us to engage them with love and show them how to come close to you. Amen.
Craig enjoys making friends with people from other countries and trying to learn a few words of greeting in their languages. He says it’s fun to see the joy on a person’s face when they hear their mother tongue. When he has some spare time, he’s happy renovating the home he and his wife recently purchased in Kapunda, South Australia.