God’s passion for His people to proclaim to the nations His coming judgment and offer of salvation is great. Consider Psalm 96 as one of innumerable examples and prayerfully consider what it means for you.
The command to worship the true God goes forth in verse 1:
1 Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!
But how is “all the earth” to sing to Him if they have neither heard of Him, nor believed in Him (Romans 10:14)? We who know Him are to tell of Him and His salvation as an expression of our worship.
2 Sing to the LORD, bless His name; tell of His salvation from day to day.
3 Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples!
We are to do this “among the nations” and “among the peoples”. We must declare to them His “glory” so that they hear of “His marvelous works”. As a local and worldwide church we must do this. Our individual roles may differ – some go to unreached peoples and some send and support – but all are to be involved. The nations need to know that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish justly in the everlasting torment of hell but have the blessedness of knowing and enjoying God forever (John 3:16-17; 17:3). But why? Why make our focus making the LORD known among those who do not know Him?
First, because of the greatness and supremacy of our God.
4 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.
Second, because all the nations left to themselves will continue relying on worthless idols who cannot save them and who steal from the LORD the worship of which He alone is worthy. Instead of worshipping the works of their own imagination they must worship Him from whose imagination they were brought forth.
5 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens.
6 Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
Only when all of the “families of the peoples” – every one of the ethno-linguistic people groups – have heard the Gospel and worshippers from them have been born anew can the next verses be fulfilled.
7 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
8 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come into His courts!
9 Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth!
And those disciples who are made must themselves seek more disciples, declaring the message they have heard of the Sovereign King’s offer of forgiveness and warning of a Day of Judgment for all.
10 Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns! Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity."
That Day shall be one of great gladness for all the redeemed earth but of horror for all who have never heard or believed.
11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
12 let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
13 before the LORD, for He comes, for He comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in His faithfulness.
This whole Psalm cries out for missions – yes, missions to the people around our neighborhood who do not worship the LORD, but especially missions to the peoples around the world who have never even heard of the LORD; who have never heard of His Son, Jesus Christ; who have no idea that Judgment is coming or that Jesus Christ bore the unbearable punishment for all who believe (Romans 3:22-25).
There are yet over 6,000 people groups with less than a 2% Christian witness in their population. To the best of our knowledge, over 1,200 of these groups do not even have a single full time laborer seeking their salvation. Every day about 70,000 precious souls from these unengaged groups die and enter everlasting torment for their rebellion against their Creator, whose salvation they have never even heard of1. We cannot sit by indifferently, silently, disobediently. We must pray and we must either send and support or go and tell.
For more information on the need and opportunity, visit the following ministry sites:
Joshua Project - https://joshuaproject.net/
Frontiers - https://www.frontiersusa.org/
Pioneers - http://www.pioneers.org/
Operation World - http://www.operationworld.org/