Missiology Through Scripture – Psalm 68:32

“O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; sing praises to the Lord, Selah” – Psalm 68:32

In this Davidic psalm Israel is praising God for his protection and provision. The focus is on God’s faithfulness to Israel and a recognition of his great majesty. The psalm does not, however, stop at Israel. The psalm seeks praise of Yahweh throughout the Gentile nations. The mentioning of God’s victory over enemy states is a foreshadowing of the glorious victory Christ will achieve over death.

The elect of Christ are to spread his victory over death among all the nations. The psalmist pleads with great emotion for all the nations to praise and sing to God. The good news of Christ was never meant to be kept only for the elect, but to be taken to the world so the nations can also sing of the great labors of Christ. Christopher Wright, “The good news of the kingdom of God that is to go out to the ends of the earth, to bring comfort and joy to all nations, is the good news of the living God who reigns, who returns to his rightful inheritance, and who redeems the whole world.”[1] We plead for the nations to know God, but we must first follow God’s commands and go out into the nations before they are to sing to God.

The elect are not to be discouraged in evangelism through God’s sovereignty. It is only God’s sovereignty, and not our own labors, which should give us confidence. The nations will not praise God if we refuse to sojourn into the world and share his name. Indeed, we are to pray for the lost to come to Christ, but God has sent us to be an answer to that prayer. Through the strength given us in the Spirit we have what we need to go into the nations and to help them launch their praises of Christ.

 

[1] Christopher J. H. Wright, The Mission of God’s People: A Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission, Biblical Theology for Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010), 186.

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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