Missiology Through Scripture – Psalm 72:17

“May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun! May people be blessed in him, all nations call him blessed!” – Psalm 72:17

This verse references back to the promise to Abraham (Gen 12:2-3). Here the psalmist is referring to a specific offspring enduring forever. It is the foretold Messiah whose fame will outlast the universe. The fulfillment of the promises made of the king are finally found in Jesus. Christ will outlast even creation itself and in the short time man is on earth we are called to reach the nations with his grace. Our merciful prayer is ALL nations worship God. Nothing could be more compassionate and loving.

The purpose of the missionary is not to force or trick following of Jesus Christ. However, the missionary must do all she can to give the lost tribes every chance to see Christ for what he is. The elect must love the lost enough to go to great extremes to show them Christ. Louis Berkhof said, “That He would give unto Him a numerous seed in reward for His accomplished work, a seed so numerous that it would be a multitude which no man could number, so that ultimately the Kingdom of the Messiah would embrace the people of all nations and tongues.”[1] The local church must burn so deeply for the lost they will send their number around the globe to find and teach them.

The disciples of Christ must be greatly concerned about the eternity of the lost. We must go into the nations to share with them the one who outlasts all of creation. The Creator is the reason and the burden of missions. How easy it is to share the truth of the only one who will outlast the stars and the planets. His glory is worthy of our efforts and should drive us to the lost nations. Local churches are the send missionaries who are willing to stand in front of the heathens and beg them to give their lives to the only one worthy of worship.

 

[1] L. Berkhof, Systematic Theology (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans publishing co., 1938), 270.

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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