When we pray, we often say things like, â€œLet Your Kingdom come.â€ But what does that mean in the lives of God's people?
As we've seen--and will see more in Matthew--Kingdom people are called, given authority, instructed, and sent by Jesus to be Kingdom Proclaimers. â€œHe is here! The One we have been waiting for! His name is Jesus!â€
Kingdom people proclaim Christ. Thatâ€™s why the music we sing on Sunday mornings are Scripture rich and Christ centered. We are proclaiming the Kingdom, proclaiming Christ. But how could we do that if the lyrics weren't rooted in God's Word, the Word made flesh, His King & Kingdom come?
Consider the following from one we plan to sing Sunday.
Engages our hearts.
May Jesus Christ be known
Wherever we are.
We ask not for ourselves,
but for Your renown.
The cross has saved us so we pray
Your kingdom come
Godâ€™s glorious cause of making Himself known engages our hearts. It causes us to act. The Gospel makes us megaphones: proclaiming Christ wherever we are in order to make Him known. And we do this--not for our glory, but--for His glory! Only Kingdom people would pray for the knowledge of Christ among the lost, asking nothing in return as He becomes known. Why? Because as we share Christ with others, we're sharing the joy of our salvation from sin & death. He, or she, who has been forgiven much, loves much. And so we prayâ€¦ "Your Kingdom Come.â€
Let Your will be done;
So that everyone might know Your Name
Let Your song be heard
everywhere on earth
'Til Your sovereign work on earth is done
Let Your kingdom come
We are singing Scripture. The beginning of the chorus comes from Matthew 6.10: "Let Your kingdom come, Let Your will be done." Why are we singing this? So that His name might be known by everyone. We are participants in the sovereign work of God, and not just for a little while butâ€¦ "until His work on earth is done." Our entire lives are for the purpose of proclaiming the Kingdom... not as slaves, but as children who find their joy in the work of the Father.
In the next verse, we pray to God for things without which we cannot do what He's commanded. We request strength & courage. We ask Him to use us despite our frailties, and, by His grace, to preach His Gospel through us until our final breath.
And courage to speak;
Perform Your wondrous deeds
Through those who are weak;
Lord use us as You want,
whatever the test
By grace weâ€™ll preach Your gospel 'til
our dying breath
We don't sing on Sundays just because "thatâ€™s what you do at church." We are proclaiming Truth. We are preaching in song! The person sitting beside you may never have heard the Truth. In our worship in song, we live out our divine calling. We've been called & equipped to sing the Truth with authority. We are instructed & enabled to proclaim the Kingdom of God. Please, church family, let's not take this lightly. Let's pray that singing of our Savior would be our delight & joy.
And remember, when we walk into the bowling alley on Sunday morning, worship isn't about to begin. We are about to join in the heavenly chorus that has been going on from eternity past.
â€œPraise our God,Â all you his servants, you who fear him, small and great.â€ Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, â€œHallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pureâ€ -Revelation 19.4-8
Eager to proclaim Christ with you,