Every Tribe and Tongue

One of my (Helen’s) favorite things about outreach this summer has been the opportunity to worship with other believers. It’s such a beautiful thing to hear praises to God in Thai, Shan, Punjabi (that’s a long story…), and Nepali. Even though I don’t understand what I’m hearing, the heart and the passion with which believers sing transcends language. God is glorified no matter what language we use to sing His praises, teach His Word, or come before Him in prayer.

In Revelation, John writes of the vision he sees while on the island of Patmos – a vision of the things that will take place. Part of this vision includes “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). The opportunity to meet believers from other tribes and tongues really feels like a taste of this vision – a taste of heaven, when all believers will worship God together before His throne.

As we make our way home to Canada (we bus to Kathmandu on Thursday and then fly home Friday night, finally arriving in Calgary on Saturday evening), we say goodbye to many brothers and sisters in Christ who we will likely never see again on this side eternity. What a comfort to know that we will spend forever praising God together, every tribe united in worshiping the King of kings.

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