Missiology Through Scripture – Psalm 72:9

“May desert tribes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust!” – Psalm 72:9

The first part of this psalm talks of the prosperity of king Solomon, but it goes on to reference the anticipation of another king, the forthcoming Messiah. It proclaims the residents of the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula will ultimately bow down. Both rich tribes and far off rebellious tribes which dwell among the wild beasts. The loftiest and the lowest. This is a psalm of rule and submission. There is concurring and defeat ahead for the those who oppose God, but the result is a period where the foreign nations and all cultures will live together in the peace of the Lord.

There are those who do not wish to view God as one who will subdue his enemies. Scripture is very clear. The Messiah will bring a sword (Mat 10:34) and he does not come to bring peace (Luk 12:51, Rev 6:4). There will be a battle. We are called to first go peacefully into the world to bring God’s salvific message, but in the end,  God will rule or conquer all nations. Carl Friedrich Keil said, “The contemplation passes from the home relations of the new government to its foreign relations, and at the same time the wishes are changed into hopes. The awe-commanding dominion of the king shall stretch even into the most distant corners of the desert.”[1] One way or another, every nation will bow before God.

Our pastors and missionaries are to go forth with great boldness and mercy. We are to know beyond a doubt, our Lord will be victorious. With great compassion and great confidence, we are to take his message into the world, inviting the nations to follow the Lord. In the end God wins and is victorious over sin. Our invitation to the lost bears great urgency and compassion when we see God’s final cure for the earth is dominion.

 

[1] Carl Friedrich Keil and Franz Delitzsch, Commentary on the Old Testament, vol. 5 (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1996), 481–482.

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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