Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Be Psalm 96 to Us Today!

“Sing to the LORD, bless His name; proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day. Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the LORD made the heavens...ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength...worship the LORD in holy attire; tremble before Him, all the earth. Say among the nations, ‘The LORD reigns; indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity’...He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His faithfulness” (Psalm 96:2-5,7,9,10,13).

The glorious mission of worshipful warning; thankfully we never do it alone: “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own language. They were amazed and astonished, saying, ‘Why, are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya around Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs - we hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God’ (Acts 2:1-11).

Holy Spirit, God of the heavenly and violent rushing wind,
God Who fills the gathering of the disciples of Jesus Christ, God the Son and Son of God,
God Who distributes tongues of fire to the witnesses as You will (1 Corinthians 12:11),
God the Master of Every Tongue for the proclamation of worship, salvation, and judgment,
God Who gives eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to understand that people may repent and be healed:
Bless Yourself, Triune God, through us this day to the peoples of the world,
proclaim through us the vanity, futility, and folly of the billions of false gods all around,
issue the command to praise God through us to those worshiping themselves,
warn them of unstoppable judgment through us,
announce Your perfect justice and righteousness by our descriptions of Your matchless character,
and – in their own tongues – speak of the might deeds of our glorious Triune One-God-in-Three-Persons
that You may fill and be all in all unto Your infinite and eternal glory forever and ever!
Speak the final, highest, most absolute truth through Your elect this day: "Jesus is Lord"
for apart from You they cannot say it at all (1 Corinthians 12:3)!
Proclaim, proclaim, proclaim as that mighty Wind and roaring Fire!
Be Psalm 96 through us today! Amen.

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