Missiology Through Scripture – Psalm 65:5-8

“By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas; the one who by his strength established the mountains, being girded with might; who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples, so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs. You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.” – Psalm 65:5-8

This is a psalm of thanksgiving by following for a fruitful harvest provided by God. The awesome deeds which God has done for his elect bring hope not only to Israel, but to all nations. The blessings lavished on Israel show the rest of the world Yahweh is the only one worthy of great praise. God reigns over, not just one people or geography, but the whole world. Every land which is touched by the rising and setting sun is ruled by God. Every nation is offered salvation in his grace and mercy. The mountains show God’s firmness and the waves represent chaos. Yahweh rules the world through the good and bad.

God created the whole earth for his glory. He controls all which occurs in the nations. Both, that which we call good and that which we call bad are at his disposal. Karl Barth said, “We hear continually that the earth as such is God’s, and therefore that all the blessings of creation come from God; but also that the lordship and the judgment over all and upon the whole world is God’s. Again and again the heavens, the sea, the storm, the mountains, the earthquake, the world of plants and beasts, the nations and their rulers, and in the height the angels, are all appealed to as the creatures, the servants and instruments and therefore the loudly speaking witnesses of God.”[1] Man need not like, nor approve of the chaos in the world. Natural and man-made pain brings forth God’s will and ushers in his glory.

Missionaries should not travel into the nations promising peace or wealth in this life. That was never guaranteed the elect. The turmoil experienced among the nations may bring us temporary ill, but it brings God eternal glory. Our suffering is good, if God is glorified in it.

 

[1] Karl Barth, Geoffrey William Bromiley, and Thomas F. Torrance, Church Dogmatics: The Doctrine of God, Part 1, vol. 2 (London; New York: T&T Clark, 2004), 107.

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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