Missiology Through Scripture – Psalm 18:49

“For this I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations, and sing to your name.” – Psalm 18:49

This royal psalm of David focuses on how the Davidic rule of Israel is proof of God’s love for his elect. This psalm is nearly identical to the text in 2 Samuel 22. This verse, at the end of the lengthy psalm, calls for praise to be given to God throughout the globe. Paul quotes this verse (Rom 15:9) when referencing how Jesus brought the Gentiles into the family of God. As disciples of Christ, we are to walk among the nations and praise his name for blessings we have been given.

Servants of Yahweh should never forget, it is God’s plan for him to call non-believers and practitioners of other religions to himself. We should not disregard any person, people group, or geography. The lost will hear us praising the Lord and ultimately praise him themselves. James Montgomery Boice said, “At first glance there does not seem to be anything unusual about the psalm, a song by a Jewish king thanking God for, among other things, his victories over the surrounding Gentile nations. But suddenly toward the end of the psalm David declares that he is going to praise God not merely ‘to’ but also ‘among the [Gentile] nations.’ This implies that the Gentiles are going to have a part in this praise, listening to it certainly but perhaps also praising God along with David.”[1] God will use his missionary minded elect to reach out to the nations, and they will hear us praising the Lord with wonderful results.

Oh, dearest servant of the Lord Most High, please do not disregard the lost people because of your biases or because of the difficulty to reach them. They will hear us praise God and they will respond. Run toward the nations. Send willing servants from among you. Pray for them and support them. The nations await your actions, and God rejoices in your obedience.

 

[1] James Montgomery Boice, Romans: The New Humanity, vol. 4 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1991–), 1829.

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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