Missiology Through Scripture – Psalm 46:10

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” – Psalm 46:10

Psalm 46 is a song of triumph. It was the motivation for the Martin Luther hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” In this verse the Sons of Korah proclaim a dual command, to be at peace and to acknowledge Yahweh is God. God should be envisioned saying these words. Knowing our sovereign God controls all should have a natural calming effect on mankind. Verse 10’s command for the nations to “be still” is a direct contrast to verse six’s proclamation the nations are raging. Only the Lord can reverse the tumultuous world with a word.

The factual and future tense statement “I will be exalted” is made twice by God. God is outside of time and his knowledge of these future outcomes is certain. Made by man, similar claims would be foolish hubris. The certain result of God’s statements should produce an unequaled peace from his disciples. Charles Spurgeon said, “Here is the command, and here is the reason which will help us to obey it. Judge not the Lord hastily; murmur not at his providential dealings with you. Be not hurrying and scurrying hither and thither, but “be still.” In silence and in confidence shall be your strength.”[1] Knowing our Father is at the helm of the universe and the result has already been set in stone provides an unrivaled calm. There is no better confidence in battle than knowing the outcome before the conflict commences.

As local churches contemplate their involvement in global evangelism it is reassuring to know our labors are certain and the outcome is victory. God “will be exalted among the nations.” The church receives boldness and a knowing calm when presented with the results before the game has even started. Our churches should send missionaries out with boldness and cocksureness about their efforts. We serve a Savior who has already proclaimed victory among the nations.

 

[1] C. H. Spurgeon, “The Vine of Israel,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, vol. 57 (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1911), 156.

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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