Worship the King of All the Earth! – Psalm 96
96 Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth!
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!
4 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be feared above all gods.
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.
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!
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.”
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.
What motivates us to go to people unreached with the gospel? What motivates us to risk relationships, cross borders, and learn languages? And what sustains our going? What sustains our hunger to see the gospel embraced by the nations? Not guilt. Not self-glory. The proper motivation for a church’s missionary efforts is worship. We’ve been humbled by our sin. We’ve been awed by God’s mercy. We’ve tasted the goodness of God. We’ve been welcomed into fellowship with God through the gospel. We worship Him boldly and freely. We know that He desires that same worship from every nation, language, and tribe. So, we go for worship.