“Write” - July 1, 2020
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.”
Marking today as Canada Day may remind us of two things we’ve noticed during this pandemic. One: there are many elements of life in Canada that point to our citizenship as being a privilege and a gift. Two: the threat of Covid-19 is no respecter of countries; any and every nation of the world has faced its threats and most continue to.
Psalm 87 speaks like no other in the Bible’s collection of poetry. It looks into the future and sees a multitude of nations being gathering into God’s city. Everyone is welcome. It’s as if all nations are arriving home. Even nations that were considered fierce enemies are being named by the poet. All of them are being registered, written down as citizens of the one nation that counts, God’s nation.
We recently read of Paul reminding his audience in the city of Philippi that their “citizenship is in heaven.” (Philippians 3:20). Paul is helping the Philippians to see beyond any current national distinctions and reminding them that they are first of all ‘kingdom of God’ citizens. Their first priority is to pray, ‘Lord, your kingdom come; your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.’ (Matthew 5:10)
As we mark Canada Day during this pandemic, let us be mindful of our true citizenship through Jesus Christ and especially of our responsibilities to be good neighbours to our fellow citizens and good global neighbours to all nations.
PRAYER ENCOURAGEMENT: O God, help us see one another as the image-bearers of you that you have made us to be. Foster in us a welcoming spirit in every relationship. Open our hearts to all the nations of the world, recognizing that the one citizenship that truly matters comes through Jesus Christ. AMEN.
Links to the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, “Revelation 19:1”
AND the Newsboys “God of Nations”