|Whenever we gather to worship with believers from many nations, as we just did at General Assembly, I feel it’s a glimpse of the coming reality when every tribe and tongue will worship the Lamb around the throne (Revelation 7:9-10).
Not only in heaven will the reality of every tribe and tongue worshipping Jesus come, but also on earth. Malachi 1:11 states, “‘My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me,’ says the Lord Almighty.”
In Scripture, incense is connected to prayer and worship (Psalm 141:2, Revelation 5:8, Revelation 8:3-5). So Malachi 1:11 speaks of the day that, in every place, there will be believers worshiping Him purely, which will be like incense rising up to Him. Each tribe has a unique sound in the symphony of praise and worship rising up to the Lord, pleasing to Him like sweet-smelling incense.
“From the ends of the earth we hear songs of praise, of glory to the Righteous One” (Isaiah 24:16). As we worship and pray across the earth now, we are part of the fulfillment of Malachi 1:11 and Revelation 7:9-10, and it does bring glory and pleasure to the One who desires all people to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4). Psalm 22:3 says that the Lord is enthroned on the praises of His people, so as His people praise Him, it also extends His rule and kingdom across the earth.
This month we have a special opportunity to come together as one Body of believers from the ends of the earth to worship and pray to our King in our native languages, in our unique ways, creating sweet-smelling incense across the earth day and night from 20-21 November during our 24/7 Global Day of Worship. I encourage you to sign up for a slot to lead worship and prayer with your team, or even by yourself, and to join in worshipping with other brothers and sisters around the globe.