Missiology Through Scripture – Psalm 33:12

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!” – Psalm 33:12

There are nations which are blessed and nations which are not. As a people group embraces the Lord he provides them the resources they need to better serve and glorify God. However, there are nations which are allowed to prosper, yet they have not turned to the Lord. A nation which has been blessed should not assume their blessings are a result of God’s favor for the depth of their faith or the quality of their worship. If a nation has been blessed, God did not provide for them, so they could lavish themselves with greater comfort and entertainment. God’s blessing were intended to be passed along and shared with the less fortunate.

Too frequently those blessed by the Lord horde God’s blessings for themselves and do not redistribute God’s resources as he envisioned. God’s blessing were not intended to be used to increase the comfort and security of the recipient. God desires all his elect to be served and for his mercy to be distributed to all. John Calvin said, “This is not for the sake of earthly happiness, but because he delivers them from death, he preserves forever and keeps in his everlasting mercy those whom he has chosen as his people.”[1] God sanctifies the giver and the receiver of his blessings.

God’s elect are his heritage. This knowledge should not increase entitlement or greed amongst the elect. The God of mercy has not saved the elect because they are worthy of saving, but because he is worthy of saving us. An arrogance in salvation by the elect is proof they do not truly understand God. God’s elect should attempt to reach the nations as a show of gratitude and worship of God. Election should not stifle global outreach, but it should intensify a desire to reach the lost.

 

[1] John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion & 2, ed. John T. McNeill, trans. Ford Lewis Battles, vol. 1, The Library of Christian Classics (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011), 435.

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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