Celebrate the Great Commission

Gordon VanWylen

READ : Psalm 96:1-13

Sing to the Lord! Proclaim his salvation! Declare his glory! These are the action phrases that open this vibrant, joyful psalm. But why a new song? Why this outburst of enthusiasm? It is the good news that God’s grand purpose is for his love and grace to radiate from Israel to embrace all nations, all peoples, all the earth. What a vision! What a reason to celebrate! Even nature joins in.

In reality this is a fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham that all peoples of the earth would be blessed through him (Gen. 13:3). This theme is expanded in several psalms and in the prophets, particularly Isaiah. However, it came to full implementation after the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, as he gave his disciples the Great Commission, “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matt 28:16), and empowered them through the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This is the continuing call to the church and to us personally as we have the privilege of declaring God’s glory among the nations.

The message to the nations, “The Lord reigns,” is very encouraging. Despite the political turmoil, God is in control and will accomplish his purposes. We affirm the reign of God in our lives as we confess that Jesus is Lord.


Thank you, Lord, that your love and grace embrace the people of every nation. May that grace permeate our lives as we live our faith and proclaim your salvation worldwide. Amen.