By Shawn Bateman, Missionary to Argentina

“Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.”

Psalm 67:3

God’s intentions were global from the very beginning. God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 12:3 was that in him “all of the nations of the earth would be blessed.” We often think of missions as a New Testament thing, but it all started in the Old Testament in the very first book of the Bible. Missions is found all throughout the Old Testament.

Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. Psalm 96:3

O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. Psalm 117:1

God desires the worship of all people. The text says, “Let ALL the people praise thee.” God desires the praise and worship of all people. When you stand and sing next Sunday morning, know that God desires this worship not only from you but from every man, woman, boy, and girl throughout the whole earth. It is His desire that all may sing of His redemption and grace.

Know this, though: they are not all singing God’s praise. Nearly two billion people will pray to Mecca today and praise the name of Allah. One billion people will practice Puja, which is the prayer and devotion of the Hindus. Five hundred million Buddhists will offer up offerings to their idols today. The goal of our churches should be that all people might hear the gospel so that all people might participate in the worship of the one true God.