God Loves His People

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God loves His Creation! We read about this love in Psalm 87:

He has founded his city on the holy mountain.
The Lord loves the gates of Zion
    more than all the other dwellings of Jacob.

Glorious things are said of you,
    city of God:
“I will record Rahab and Babylon
    among those who acknowledge me—
Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush—
    and will say, ‘This one was born in Zion.’”
Indeed, of Zion it will be said,
    “This one and that one were born in her,
    and the Most High himself will establish her.”
The Lord will write in the register of the peoples:
    “This one was born in Zion.”

As they make music they will sing,
    “All my fountains are in you.”

Here the psalmist describes this city of Zion. Some say that this is an analogy for the future kingdom where all the nations will come together and worship the Lord. You can see in Genesis where God created the world, and how much joy and pride He took in His creation. Some of us have been able to travel and meet some of the nations. Others have only seen pictures or videos, or read stories.

Today, pray for the nations. If you know of a friend or family member, who is on long-term or short-term missions, pray for them. If not, pray for a country that comes to mind. Maybe it’s a country that’s been going through war, and needs healing. Maybe it’s a country that’s had terrorist attacks, and needs peace. Maybe it’s a country that’s so successful that it has been turning away from the Lord. We all need prayer. Pray for them now.

Have more time? Want to go deeper?

  1. Read Genesis 1-2. Note where God positively talks about His Creation. What adjectives or nouns does He use? Based on that, how do you think He feels about you?
  2. Pray for the Christians in the Middle East, where there is persecution daily.
  3. Pray for the new believers and churches that are growing at a rapid pace in Asia. Pray for protection over their leaders, and that God would continue to have His Gospel grow there.

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