Cross Training

A Parade of Nations

I can’t wait for the Summer Olympics. Nation after nation will parade in the opening ceremonies. Athletes will proudly carry their country’s flag and wear their country’s colors. Some large, some very small, all will be present for the XXX Olympics in London this summer.

Long ago, God singled out a group of people, a small nation, to be his and to represent him to the world. He began with one man, Abraham, and through Isaac, Jacob, and the twelve tribes, built the Jewish nation of Israel. They alone were chosen as his.

However, when you look at the book of Psalms, the Jewish songbook, you find something interesting in Psalm 117:

“Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD.”

Psalm 117 tells us there is a place for everyone in God’s kingdom, every nation, all people. All are called to praise and exalt the One who created the earth on which we live. As great as the opening ceremonies will be, picture the parade of nations in heaven as believers from around the world give allegiance to God. As you watch the Olympics this summer, pray for the believers in the other nations. You’ll stand shoulder to shoulder with them one day.

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