Our chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever. This is true – wherever we serve, wherever we follow Christ, whenever we are afraid, whenever we are confident.
For the past year, we’ve been sharing God’s Plan for the Nations, reflecting on God’s desire for all nations to praise Him. Individuals, and nations, who praise God, do so because of overflowing joy in response to His love. We end up both enjoying the Lord and glorifying Him. Let’s look at this favorite psalm and consider anew which parts address the nations.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
Lord, may you be our first love. Help us to cherish you above our families and ministry roles.