Missiology Through Scripture – Psalm 59:12-13

“For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips, let them be trapped in their pride. For the cursing and lies that they utter, consume them in wrath; consume them till they are no more, that they may know that God rules over Jacob to the ends of the earth. Selah.” – Psalm 59:12-13

This psalm is set among the actions of 1 Samuel 19, where David’s wife helps him escape Saul’s persecution by climbing through a window. It is painful unless you love a sovereign and perfect Lord. Some seek their own version of God and look upon this psalm as evidence of a cruel and spiteful god. The disciples of the Lord must love him as he is, not as we want him to be. If you say God is all loving and sovereign, you must look at a verse like this and say, “I may not understand the punishment and justice God dispenses, but I know he is sovereign and I trust him implicitly.” We cannot love part of God, we must love all of him, and in this psalm he punishes the wicked.

The sins of the mouths are greatly heartful. Lies, exaggerations, gossip, slander, and malice are desperately hurtful. They wound the church and harm the saints. Those who sin with their mouth and speak poorly of others are distasteful to the Lord. God desires punishment for those who use their mouths for evil. John Owen said, “Some he will cut off and destroy, some he will terrify and affright, and prevent the rage of all. He can knock them on the head, or break out their teeth, or chain up their wrath; and who can oppose him?”[1] God does not wish liars and gossipers to escape lightly. Those who wickedly use their tongues will receive God’s justice.

Missionaries must not sugarcoat the Scriptures. God wrote in his Word exactly what we are to teach the lost. Do not downplay the wrath of God against sinners. The nations of the earth are to be taught of God’s wrath alongside his mercy and love. Our God is perfect and does not need us to forego the truth to make him seem more palatable.

 

[1] John Owen, The Works of John Owen, ed. William H. Goold, vol. 6 (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, n.d.), 269.

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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