Is singing songs about declaring God's glory among the nations the same as actually doing it? Surely, the admonition to declare His name among the nations means more than just singing songs . God's people possess a knowledge others do not have. It is their responsibility to share this knowledge with others, even to those at the ends of the earth (outside of Israel). For the church, the meaning is clear. Boldly and enthusiastically declaring God's goodness and glory in the safety of our worship services is not declaring them to the nations.
I write this as I have been reading recent articles of how only a small percentage of donations given to churches actually are used to reach "the nations." Christianity Today notes that in the U.S., only about 3 percent of money donated to churches and ministries went to aiding or ministering to non-Christians. I suspect that things aren't much different here in Canada. I also suspect that many Christians bypass their church entirely and give directly to charities (like The Voice of the Martyrs) that engage in international work, but I have always been saddened by that.
So, the next time you sing a song about declaring God's glory and reign to the nations, pause and ask yourself just how you are involved in making sure that this is actually happening.
Psalm 96:1-3 (ESV)
Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!