God be gracious to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us. Selah.
That Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations.
Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You.
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; for You will judge the peoples with uprightness and lead the nations on the earth. Selah.
“Missions is for the glory of Christ. Its goal is to reestablish the supremacy of Christ among the peoples of the world. Similarly in Romans 15:9 Paul says that Christ did his own missionary work and inspired Paul’s ‘in order that the nations might glorify God for his mercy.’ So the goal of Christ’s mission and ours is that God might be glorified by the nations as they experience his mercy… the goal of missions is the glory of God.”
“…the church is bound to engage with the Lord of Glory in his cause. It is our unspeakable privilege to be caught up with him in the greatest movement in history – the ingathering of the elect ‘from all tribes and tongues and peoples and nations’ until the full number of the Gentiles come in, and all Israel is saved, and the Son of Man descends with power and great glory as King of kings and Lord of lords and the earth is full of the knowledge of his glory as the waters cover the sea for ever and ever. Then the supremacy of Christ will be manifest to all and he will deliver the kingdom to God the Father and God will be all in all.”
(John Piper, “Let the Nations Be Glad”, p.214 & 223)
As a church we have spent this summer listening and thinking about what the Lord is doing in our dear brothers serving in Zambia, India, South Africa and Madagascar. It has been a joy and privilege, but it has been a sobering and humbling reminder of the need of the gospel around the world, and every believer’s role to play in it. Let The Nations Be Glad is one of those uplifting, rousing, “this-is-what-we-know-and-so-therefore-let’s-act-on-it” type of songs that calls the church out into the fields of harvest, proclaiming His Name to every creature.