Then I will purify the speech of all people, so that everyone can worship the Lord together. – Zephaniah 3:9
The prophet Zephaniah tells us that God will one day pour out his judgment on the nations of the world because of their evil and rebellion against his people. During this message God tells the prophet of the end times where all people who love the LORD, the humble and the lowly, will be gathered together to be with him, and he would “purify” the speech (or languages) of all people. Why? So they can worship the LORD together in one voice.
IF there were any doubt as to what languages would be spoken in eternity future, it comes to a close in this verse. The book of Revelation speaks of the multitudes of people who will worship the LORD and sing his praises for eternity. However, it never speaks of the language(s) spoken. That book says that people of every tribe, kindred, tongue and nation will be in heaven, but does it say that many languages will be spoken? I’ve found no concrete definition of that in the book; however, Nahum says that God said, “Then I will purify the speech of all people, so that everyone can worship the Lord together.” Notice that God says he does so in order for ALL peoples (every tribe, kindred, tongue, and nation) can worship God together. It’s awesome to me that God would restore one language among all people as it was in the beginnings of humanity before the tower of Babel. What a thought!
Father, it amazes me that I learned today, for the first time, that you’d restore one language among your chosen children in order for us to praise you and worship you in one Spirit of Christ, one mind of Christ, and one body of Christ. I’ve read this passage more than once and never before noted that you’d chosen to bring one language back to humanity. We know of the dispersion and creation of the nations because of Babel and man’s self-worship, but this passage opened my eyes to the simple details often hidden plain sight of your word. Thank you for showing me such a simple detail and revealing to my heart the far-reaching impact it has on eternity. You are awesome. Thank you for stupefying me once again with your infinite power. In Jesus’ name, Amen.