Language. Confusion. Worship.

Language.  There was a time in this world that we all spoke the same language.  Have you ever traveled to a country that speaks a language you are unfamiliar with?  Now imagine you are from the US and you travel to France and can order fine cuisine right off the menu.  Or you are traveling to Germany and you need directions back to your hotel and you ask someone on the street and they respond and you understand them.  Imagine how much more simple life would be.

In Genesis 11 we are told that we did indeed once all speak one language.  But we used that simplicity in our lives to rebel against God in a way that caused Him to react by confusing us through languages.  We would no longer easily be able to communicate with one another.

As we press forward with learning Gikyode, the language of the Akyode people we’ve been called to minister to here in Ghana we are reminded how confusing different languages can be.  It’s hard work to learn another language, not impossible, but hard.  And to add to the confusion there are multiple different languages being spoken in the small village we live in.  It’s common to hear three or four different languages spoken within a few minutes of one another.

Today we visited a local church to encourage some of the young people we’ve connected with here.  In the service we attended we heard three different languages being spoken simultaneously.  Hard!  But as we sat in the three hour service trying to understand what was happening I was suddenly overwhelmed with the knowledge that God understood.  He understood EVERY SINGLE WORD.  This was a worship service for Him and He wasn’t confused by the multiple different languages.  The One who created language understands them all.

And this knowledge led to worship, even though I didn’t understand what was happening.  I worshiped as I realized we were seeing a tiny glimpse of the future Kingdom we read about in Revelation 7:9-12.  One day we will be part of an even larger worship service where more than three languages will be spoken simultaneously.  And it will be marvelous!

There is really only one language.  It’s the language of hope; of love; of redemption; of purpose; of worship.  It’s the language of Jesus Christ.  Through Him we are one.

 

Psalm 67

May God be gracious to us and bless us

and make his face to shine upon us,

Selah

That your way may be known on earth,

your saving power among all nations.

Let the peoples praise you, O God;

let all the peoples praise you!

 

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,

for you judge the peoples

with equity

and guide the nations

upon earth.

Selah

 

Let the peoples praise you, O God;

let all the peoples praise you!

 

The earth has yielded its increase;

God, our God, shall bless us.

God shall bless us;

let all the ends of the earth fear him!

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