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Let the nations be glad and sing for joy.

Psalm 67:4

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I’m obsessed with gymnastics and figure skating. Obsessed. For two weeks, every four years. You know… like everyone else in America… when the Winter Olympics games come around. Pour me a bowl of Wheaties, hand me a flag with stars and stripes, and let’s get it on! Stick that landing! Land that triple salchow! You got this! USA! USA! USA!

And you can’t miss the opening ceremonies!

There’s just a beyond-ness to them! Bright colors. Epic music. Intricate costumes.

Athletes from every nation, coming together in harmony. The pride of each country celebrating their unique heritages, while at the same time vibrantly displaying the beauty of humanity that binds us all together.

Songs are sung, dances are danced, and joy rises to a climax as a well-traveled, flaming stick enters the arena. Eyes from all across the globe watch in wonder as the Olympic Torch ignites. The world melts together. One people. One celebration. A big ole’ global party.

And it feels right to love each other. To look beyond politics, religion, race and culture. To honor each life as valuable. To see and celebrate a different kind of beautiful.

But voices of division yell loud as I watch the news.

Differences spark flames of contention in conversations on social media, and fear tells us to look straight ahead, stick to what we know, and stay with our own.

And it feels wrong to spew venom and wound each other. To allow chains of politics, religion, race and culture to choke us into ungodly bondage that keeps us from His grace and perfect will. To keep us from living love – from reaching out – from coming together at the foot of the cross.

Psalm 67 calls for worship among all the nations. A prelude of sorts to the New Testament’s Great Commission, these verses invite all of humanity to gather around the Eternal Flame in praise. Red, brown, yellow, black and white. Vibrant beauty.

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!

(Psalm 67:1-3)

All the peoples.

One people.

One celebration.

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide the nations upon earth.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!

The earth has yielded its increase;
God, our God, shall bless us.

(Psalm 67:4-6)

A big ole’ God party, celebrating the One who rides on the very clouds He spoke into existence. Our personal, loving Savior who heals the brokenhearted, cares for the widows and wounded, and rescues the orphaned and abandoned.

God shall bless us;
let all the ends of the earth fear him!

(Psalm 67:7)

This is your invitation to a grand, global celebration. Sing a new song. A song of praise. Let it rise to the Maker of all the peoples – to the One who’s got the whole world in His hands.

Extend your hands and expand your heart beyond division… beyond that which seeks to limit God’s love, grace and power to save.

And worship wholeheartedly right where you are. I’m singing right beside you.

Let’s Pray

Holy Father, Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. Bind me to Your grace and help me to love well. Give me eyes to see beyond differences, and courage to speak life.
In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

What’s one thing that divides your heart from those around you? What’s on small step you could take today to move you forward? Tell me on the wall of my blog or on Instagram.

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4 Responses to “Silencing Voices of Division”

  1. carol says:

    Gwen,
    Thank You for this post. I’m overwhelmed with this subject, regarding our country’s division at this time.
    I find myself questioning God, in my prayer life, about how we have gotten to this point.
    I know in my heart, He wants the best for us, but, everyday there is something more outrageous coming from our seat of Government, that makes me wonder; Why?
    Thank You, for reminding me of David’s chapter 67.

  2. Angela Vance says:

    I don’t know how to start, but praying that peace comes to our family and to let it begin with me…I know I am a big part of the problem due to my disillusionment and bitterness toward the situation (and people) that have put me and my daughter in the situation we are in… Including myself for not doing what was necessary long ago to change things and still not being able to force it no matter how I try.

  3. rose says:

    sad to say its politics i am just being honest. anytime i bring up president trumps name family jumps down my throat. (no offense to anyone who reads this ) but this is how i feel. i cant be on the democrats/left no thanks……nothing will change my mind. i feel that God has put him in there for Gods purpose…… it is what the devil wants to do to divide this country/divide families/coworkers/etc. BUT we know that GOD wins in the end! also those who get “offended” easily, as a kid in the 80s we never dealt with stuff like this. if we didn’t agree on a subject (use politics as a example) if we had a DIFFERENCE of OPINION we didn’t argue about it/be nasty to each other. i know my reply prob. wont be the most popular one today. but this is how i feel. …..one small step could be just not even mention president trumps name around the family..just need to trust God. and i admit i need to pray mor spend a lot more time just alone with HIM. no “distractions”.

  4. Heather says:

    This is good stuff…thank you! There is a sense of peace and assurance when we do what God wants us to do. That is often easier said than done after listening to political news. One of my New Year’s goals last year was to limit my intake of it. (I renewed that goal this New Year’s as well)
    This was a great reminder…thanks again!

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