Missiology Through Scripture – Psalm 57:5

“Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!” – Psalm 57:5

This lament of David represents his heart as he is hiding in the cave from Saul. This verse is identical Psalm 108:5. Our Lord is already exalted, and the author prays his magnificence is recognized. With this, we desire for Yahweh to receive glory over all the earth in lands which know him and those who do not yet worship him. This verse is the heart and purpose of missions. Christ’s disciples desire to expand God’s glory throughout the lands. We go to all the tribes and tongues, so his glory can be expanded.

Nothing in this world is more significant than knowing God and loving his son. Poverty, justice, and health are all important to God and therefore should be important to us. But, nothing sits paramount to the nations hearing the name of Jesus. We go into the nations not to make friends or teach VBS. We go into the nations, so our Savior can be worshiped. Don Carson said, “Here David meditates not on God’s sovereign power, but on God’s sovereign importance. More important, for David, than whether or not he gets out of the cave, is that God be exalted above the heavens.”[1] We are to subjugate our personal wellbeing and interests bellow the glory of our Creator. We are commanded to go into the nations and make disciples and teach them. We do this so Jesus Christ can receive glory.

The heart and the center of missions is to bring greater glory to God. We leave our homes and sacrifice our comfort so more in the world can claim Christ as Lord and hail his name. Our missions calling takes a toll on us and our families, but nothing is more important to a Christian than expanding the glory of God. Give all so the Creator’s name is known in the nations.

 

[1] D. A. Carson, For the Love of God: A Daily Companion for Discovering the Riches of God’s Word., vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1998), 25.

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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