Missiology Through Scripture – Psalm 72:11

“May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!” – Psalm 72:11

Christ has not come to serve only the lofty, but also the lowly. Every king and every leader is put in place by God, and is also a servant of the Lord. We don’t have to like our leaders, nor do we have to vote for them. However, every civil leader is appointed by God for his purpose. Even if that leader is not a disciple of Christ, he is subservient to our Lord. The world leaders and the governments they serve will all bow down before Yahweh.

There is nobody worthy of worship save Christ. The world’s monarchs and elected officials seek praise and adoration. None stands above God. Only to Christ will reverence be given in the end. No man is worthy to be blindly followed. Jesus is. Tertullian wrote, “To Christ alone was this given; whilst Solomon reigned over only the moderately-sized kingdom of Judah. ‘Yea, all kings shall fall down before Him.’ Whom, indeed, shall they all thus worship, except Christ? ‘All nations shall serve Him.’ To whom shall all thus do homage, but Christ?”[1] The governments of every tribe and every nation fulfills God’s will and does his bidding. No government need acknowledge Christ as king for him to be king. He is served by their actions whether those governments submit to him or not.

The nations and their governors serve our God not because of force or rule of law. The governments submit to God because he is completely sovereign. The psalmist desires a willful submission to Christ by the nations, but the reality is God is infinite and eternal and is the one true ruler of our lives and souls. Our missionaries obey the foreign governments in order to introduce their citizens to the one true leader.

 

[1] Tertullian, “The Five Books against Marcion,” in Latin Christianity: Its Founder, Tertullian, ed. Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson, and A. Cleveland Coxe, trans. Peter Holmes, vol. 3, The Ante-Nicene Fathers (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Company, 1885), 449.

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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