Sunday, August 09, 2015: New Song Sunday – “Let The Nations Be Glad”

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy. (Psalm 67:4)

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:9-10)

This week, LifePoint’s worship ministry is introducing a new song—Matt Boswell’s Let The Nations Be Glad (written by Aaron Boswell, Matt Boswell, and Matt Papa; © 2010 Dayspring Music, LLC, Centricity Music Publishing/Love Your Enemies Publishing, Centricity Music Publishing). Check out the video above to learn it. 

The Lyrics

Verse 1
Let the glory of the Lord forever be our joy
May redemption be the theme of our song
For by grace we have been saved
And by grace we shall proclaim
To the corners of the earth that Christ has come

Chorus:
Let the nations be glad
Let the peoples rejoice
For salvation belongs to our God
Let the whole earth be filled
With the praises of the Lord
For salvation belongs to our God
Let the nations be glad

Verse 2:
Through the ages gone before
Through the trial and the sword
Many saints and martyrs conquered, though they died
Still we, holding out the cross
Crossing oceans, suffering loss,
Shall endure all things to win the crown of life

Verse 3:
As Your holy church goes forth
In the Holy Spirit’s power
With the glories of the gospel to exclaim
Now we pray Your kingdom come
And we pray Your will be done
For the honor and the glory of Your name

Why This Song?

The songs we sing as a church matter. They cause the word of Christ to dwell richly in us (Col. 3:16). Great worship songs shape the way we think about God, the world, and ourselves by putting memorable, Gospel-saturated words into our mouths and hearts. That is why I chose this song for corporate worship. It powerfully communicates the most important realities we will ever know through lyrics and a melody that are easy to learn.

The lyrics of this song are primarily based on Psalm 67:4 and Revelation 7:9-10 (see both above). These two passages draw us into the global scope of the Gospel’s power. God calls people from every nation and ethnicity to respond to His call: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel” (Mar. 1:15). And we know that, at the end of time, we will see the full impact of this Gospel message as a countless multitude of peoples from all races, nations, and languages gathers to worship our God and the Lamb.

Until then, we participate in His mission as His called-out people. Jesus commissions us to be His ambassadors, taking this wonderful News to as many people as possible (Mat. 28:19; 2 Cor. 5:20). And for this reason, corporate worship on the Lord’s Day is absolutely indispensable for us. It re-orients our hearts and minds to the reality of God’s global purpose to unite all things in Christ, beginning with us (Eph. 1:10). In order to be sent, we must gather to build up one another for greater faithfulness and obedience to God’s mission. Great songs like this one enable us to accomplish that.

Therefore, as we sing it together, I am confident that Let The Nations Be Glad will serve to instill within us a greater passion for the joy of all peoples through the advancement of the Gospel. I pray it will adorn our worship with a missional impulse by causing Jesus Christ to be exceedingly precious to us. His fame is our highest priority. And we have been entrusted with His Good News. So let’s sing it exuberantly and share it faithfully, for the good of the world and the glory of God.

Liturgy for Sunday, August 09, 2015:

Call to Worship:

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.  (Psalm 67:1-4)

Let The Nations Be Glad

Our Jealous God

Reading for Pastoral Prayer:

It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD. (Isaiah 2:2-5)

We Will Feast in The House of Zion

Sermon

Oh The Scandal of Golgotha

Grace Alone

Benediction:

May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. (2 Thessalonians 3:5)

About Tyler Greene (155 Articles)
Tyler Greene is the Associate Pastor of Worship Ministries for LifePoint Church in Ozark, MO.

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