The spread of the gospel among men of all nations had been the theme of sacred song in the days of the psalmist. We shall read two of the psalms which refer thereto.
Not Israel only, as in the olden times, but all mankind.
Psalm 96:2, 3
This was the business of Pentecost, and is the duty of all the saints at all times.
idols or nothings
Prayers and praises are to be presented by all mankind; the sacrifice of Jesus has ended all other offerings.
The reign of Jesus ends oppression, war, and crime, hence it is the cause of joy to all mankind.
Our Lord’s birth was obscure, and his doctrine was to the world’s judgment mysterious as though wrapt in cloud; yet is it perfect holiness.
The fire of his Spirit destroyed idols and false philosophies.
The truth lit up the nations, and amazed all people.
All difficulties vanished, all enemies were subdued, the gospel triumphed over all.
Under the whole heaven the gospel was published: it was as well known as if written across the skies.
Glad times are in store for us, the seed which shall produce them is already sown and will soon yield its harvest.
Joy is the privilege and the duty of a Christian, and he cannot have too much of it if it be of the right kind. Never let us give way to repining, rather let our holy cheerfulness cause others to inquire, “Whence comes their happiness?”
All that remains for me
Is but to love and sing,
And wait until the angels come
To bear me to the King.