Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Extending the Kingdom of God...

Earlier this month I read this in Spurgeon's Morning and Evening, and it has continually come back to my mind... Here it is... I will write more later on how I have been affected by what it says...(I added the bold emphasis)

"Let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen." (Psalm 72:19)

This is a great request. There are times when a prayer for one man is enough to stagger us. But how far-reaching was the psalmist's intercession! "Let the whole earth be filled with his glory." It does not leave out a single country, however crushed by the foot of superstition; it includes every nation, however barbarous. For the cannibal as well as for the civilized, for all climates and races, this prayer is uttered. The whole circle of the earth that it encompasses omits no son of Adam. We must be up and working for our Master, or we cannot honestly offer such a prayer. The petition is not asked with a sincere heart unless we endeavor, as God helps us, to extend the Kingdom of our Master. Is this your prayer? Turn your eyes to Calvary. Behold the Lord of Life nailed to a cross, with the crown of thorns upon His brow, with bleeding head and hands and feet. Can you look upon this miracle of miracles, the death of the Son of God, without feeling a marvelous adoration that language never can express? When you feel the blood applied to your conscience and know that He has blotted out your sins, you are not a man unless you fall to your knees and cry, "Let the whold earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen." Can you pretend to love your Prince and not desired to see Him as the universal Ruler? Your faith is worthless unless it lead you to pray that the same mercy which has been extended to you may bless the whole world.

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