Words & Music by H. Ernest Nichol

Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
Revelation 15:4

"A story to tell. A song to be sung. A message to give. A Savior to show." Here is a concise summary of the task of worldwide evangelization--a gospel that must be demonstrated as well as proclaimed.

Evangelism began well because it was so strongly opposed. The early Christians, though often fiercely persecuted by the Romans, were successful in getting the gospel out to many nations. But around A.D. 380, Christianity was recognized as the official religion throughout the empire...Christianity mixed with the multitudinous false gods worshipped by Constantine. And for the next 1,000 years and more, the flame of true Christianity and evangelism burned low. It was not until the 18th Century that Biblical Christianity made a serious and successful attempt to organize worldwide missionary work again. The evangelism of the 18th and 19th Centuries was clearly connected with the waves of revival that were sweeping across Europe and North America.

Since the close of World War II, the cause of world missions has again grown markedly. It is estimated that presently more than 250,000 missionaries are sent out ever year, with many of these workers coming from Third World countries. But the task is far from finished. More than two-thirds of the world's population is yet unreached with the good news of Christ! The Wycliffe Bible translators reported that there were still 723 tribes without a Bible translation when this book was published in '90.

"We've a Story to Tell" was written and composed by an English musician, H. Ernest Nichol, in 1896. These words are still widely sung by young and old alike and represent the missionary zeal that should always burn in our hearts.

We’ve a story to tell to the nations,
That shall turn their hearts to the right,
A story of truth and mercy,
A story of peace and light,
A story of peace and light.

We’ve a song to be sung to the nations,
That shall lift their hearts to the Lord,
A song that shall conquer evil
And shatter the spear and sword,
And shatter the spear and sword.

We’ve a message to give to the nations,
That the LORD who reigns up above
Has sent us His Son to save us,
And show us that God is love,
And show us that God is love.

We’ve a Savior to show to the nations,
Who the path of sorrow has trod,
That all of the world’s great peoples
Might come to the truth of God,
Might come to the truth of God.

CHORUS: For the darkness shall turn to dawning,
And the dawning to noonday bright;
And Christ’s great kingdom shall come to earth,
The kingdom of love and light.

*For Today*: Psalm 67:2, Matthew 22:14, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:47, John 12:46

Take time to write a letter of appreciation to a missionary from your church. Let this musical message be an encouragement, both to you and to them.

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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