Emily Dickey | Choir & Orchestra Leader
“From one man He made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.” (Acts 17:26)
“’Worthy are You to take the scroll and to open its seals, for You were slain, and by Your blood You ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and You have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.’” (Revelation 5:9-10)
“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb!’” (Revelation 7:9-10)
“And its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations.” (Revelation 21:25-26)
The thread of all nations, tribes and languages worshiping the Lamb together at the end is clear in Revelation. All nations. All tribes. All languages. Can you imagine what it will be like?
Pastor Mike has spoken before about how our corporate worship on Sunday is a sort of rehearsal for what will one day be. We love Family Sundays, because we get to experience in a fuller way the inter-generational nature of the Body of Christ, with all ages worshiping together.
But this still pales in comparison to what it will be like when believers from all cultures and languages will worship together. Try not to imagine all of us singing “How Great Is Our God” in English. It’s clear from the passages above: God created language and culture, and that will not be lost in the end. We’ll retain it.
And still yet, imagine what it will be like to worship together: believers of all generations—from Abraham to Moses to the first century Ephesian church to the martyrs of the Reformation to our North Korean, Afghan or Somali brothers and sisters (the 2018 top three countries for persecution according to Open Doors), to yes, the brothers and sisters from The Chapel in Green, Ohio.
Followers of Jesus from every nation—cultures and languages intact—worshiping the One who has redeemed us, because He is worthy. All nations. All tribes. All languages. All generations.
If you would like a taste of how our brothers and sisters from other nations worship the Lamb, there are a few links below. You may wish to try worshiping along with them before Sunday. Then when we gather this Sunday, our final week in this series in Revelation, imagine this richness of the full Body of Christ—all ages from all nations across all time—as our local body together sings, prays, encourages one another and worships the Lamb Who was slain.
You Are God – Trilingual song in English, Korean, Spanish
Sun of Love – North African worship song (country not stated for security)
Psalm 23 – Southeast Asia, with translation (country not stated for security)