Today’s reading: 1 Chronicles 15-17.
God has a heart for all the people of the earth. From his earliest dealings with Abraham, he made it clear that the Hebrew people were to be ambassadors to the world. David was a man after God’s own heart, and therefore it makes perfect sense that he shared God’s vision for the lost world. As David successfully brought the ark of the covenant into Jerusalem, the musicians sang psalms written by David which made it clear that everyone should go and tell about the glory of the LORD.
Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy in his dwelling place. Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength, ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name. 1 Chronicles 16:23-29
We have good news to tell because:
- God saves us.
- God has done wonderful things for his people.
- All the other things people try to worship are just idols.
- God is the creator of the universe.
- A life with God is full of joy and strength.
There’s a little jewel in David’s psalm, and it may be a Bible first:
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns! Let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them! Then the trees of the forest will sing, they will sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. I Chronicles 16:31-33.
The Old Testament is full of prophecies about the Messiah, but this is probably the first mention that he would come to earth. Three thousand years after David, we can read those verses and say that they probably foretell his coming again to set up his kingdom on earth, but there is also a hint of Jesus’ claim on palm Sunday that the rocks would cry out if the people did not praise him. Either way, the life of Jesus and his return are more good news that we must go tell.
The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time.
– Carl F. H. Henry
I have had the privilege of preaching the gospel on every continent in most of the countries of the world. And I have found that when I present the simple message of the gospel of Jesus Christ, with authority, quoting from the very Word of God—he takes that message and drives it supernaturally into the human heart.
– Billy Graham
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