I will praise you among all the people; I will fulfill my vows in the presence of those who worship you. The poor will eat and be satisfied. All who seek the Lord will praise him. Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy. The whole earth will acknowledge the Lord and return to him. People from every nation will bow down before him. For the Lord is king! He rules all the nations. Psalm 22: 25-28 NLT
This psalm moves us from our personal praise, to the praise of the community of believers, to world-wide praise of the living God. And in the midst of this the poor eat and are full.
We are reminded of the fact that God created the whole world and loves all the people in it. God wants all people to return to him and acknowledge him. In fact, God is looking for all the people of every nation to bow down before him. When that happens, all the world's poor will have plenty.
But before we get excited and start working on world-wide sovereignty and the end of poverty, we need to begin with ourselves.
How are you worshipping God lately? Are you praising God? How often do you bow before God? Do you acknowledge God all the time or do you find yourself returning again and again? Do you really see God as king in your life? And how often are you feeding the poor, by the way?
God, we praise you among all people. For you are our king! May we live like we mean it. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2011 Amelia G. Sims