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#891 – A Constant Call (Psalm 117:1)

Pray The Word
Psalms
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“Praise the Lord, all nations. Extol Him, all peoples.”
(Psalm 117:1)

This is a constant call that we read throughout the Psalms. The Psalmist constantly calling the nations to praise God, and it’s part of why we, in this podcast, like integrate praying for the nations to praise God because this is what the people of God do. We call the nations to praise God. We call the peoples to praise God. We live for this. We live for this right around us. Just think about the community you live in and all the different groups of people, ethnicities represented in the community, the city, the state, the country around you and in countries around the world, in nations around the world, in people groups around the world. Some estimate well over 10,000 people groups in the world, peoples, and the Christian lives to see God extolled and praised among all of them.

Churches exist to see God praised and extoled among all nations. Global mission is not a program in the church, but the purpose for which we have breath.

Our churches exist to see God praised and extolled among all the nations, among all the peoples. Global mission, the global praise of God among all the peoples of the world is not a program in the church. It’s the purpose you and I have breath, to live for this, to pray for this, to give toward this, to work toward this, and so let’s do it. Let’s pray right now and align with Psalm 117, verse 1.

God, we pray for your praise to be made known among all the nations, for your extolling among all the peoples. God. We pray that your name would be praised and extolled in North Korea, in Saudi Arabia. We pray that your name would be extolled and praised in Syria and Afghanistan, in Indonesia. We pray that your name would be extolled and praised in Libya, in Liberia, in Chad, in Somalia, in Eritrea. God, we pray that your name would be praised and extolled in Bangladesh, Pakistan, in India. God, we pray that your name would be praised and extolled in Germany, in France, in Spain, God, in the Netherlands. God, we pray that your name would be praised and extolled in Brazil and Uruguay. God, we pray that your name would be praised and extolled in Honduras, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic and Haiti. We pray that your name would be praised and extolled in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and not just in geopolitical entities, these nations, but among all the peoples represented around the world.

We pray that your name would be praised and extolled among the Baloch, among the Hoa, among the Berber, God, among the Tatar, among the Turks, among the Kurds, God, among Bedouin, in all kinds of different countries. God, please, please, please, cause your name to be extolled and praised among all the peoples in all the nations and please help us to live for this. Help us to pray for this day in and day out. Help us to give toward this. Help us to work in our churches and collectively churches together working to see your name praised and extolled among all the nations and all the peoples. Please use our lives, our brief time on this earth to see your name praised and extolled among all the nations. Use our lives today, even our praying right now, toward that end. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and president of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, and Counter Culture.
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