Missiology Through Scripture – 1 Chronicles 16:31

“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns!’” – 1 Chronicles 16:31

This passage, which is also contained in Psalm 96, was delivered to Asaph. The author, king David, is celebrating God’s kingship over all of creation. This text talks of the desire for God’s majesty to be multiplied. Israel as God’s elect people embraced a desire to increase God’s glory. David seeks to spread God’s glory beyond the people of Israel, to be shared throughout the globe.

Like David, God’s elect today should not wish to selfishly keep God’s greatness only for themselves. The blessings of the Lord have proven bountiful for us and should be shared. As David calls his people to desire expansion of praise of the Lord, so too is the church today called to facilitate the expansion of the glory of the Lord. Yahweh did much for Israel and made them eager to rejoice. Donald Spence-Jones said, “David saw, in the restoration of the ark, a new and solemn resumption of his direct government by Jehovah; and of this glorious fact he bids the people make acknowledgment and render witness.”[1] God’s elect throughout time have been commanded to take God’s salvific grace to all the nations.

What a complete delight to know our obedient actions contain within them the ability to make the heavens glad and the earth rejoice. By conforming to the Lord’s call to take his name to the nations Christ’s disciples can bring him glory and help the lost of the world rejoice. God desires for his obedient elect to implement his sovereign will among the nations. For his dutiful followers the Lord has placed among our responsibilities to share with the lost the only way to eternal salvation. God’s glory is magnified when the lost call on his splendid name. The nations await goers and senders from your church to provide them the truth which will enable them to call out in the name of the Lord.

 

[1] H. D. M. Spence-Jones, ed., 1 Chronicles, The Pulpit Commentary (London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909), 266.

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.
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