Missiology Through Scripture – Psalm 73:28

“But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.” – Psalm 73:28

This is one of the twelve Psalms of Asaph. It is a wisdom psalm where the author extols the benefits of following God. Certainly, it is good for all of humanity to be near to God. All of mankind, be they followers of Christ or not, receive blessings from the Lord. However, the focus here is the great benefit given to those who completely dedicate their lives to God. Disciples of Christ are not promised the benefits this world holds dear: wealth and possessions. That which the Christian covets is the grace and mercy found only in Christ.

What should be the result of the blessings found in Jesus for the Christian disciple? Our eternal salvation should focus our hearts outward. In unmeasurable joy for the love of Christ our response should be to think more of others and to pursue them for God’s glory. James Rosscup says, “He closes with the captivating fact that the God in whom he trusts will enable him to declare all of ‘Thy works.’ So, he has others in view, not now in self-pampering pity but in a passion to minister so that his life counts to help others.”[1] When Christ changes our hearts we should be less focused on our own wellbeing and instead have a great burden for the lost.

As followers of Christ are discipled and educated of the glorious works and grace of Christ the response should be to mercifully pass that news of great love onto others. We must tell the lost in all the nations of the great works of the Lord. It is cruel to hide such good news from others. To not share God’s name is a conscious and unnatural act of evil. The only loving response to such great knowledge is to share it with those who need it the most.

 

[1] James E. Rosscup, An Exposition on Prayer in the Bible: Igniting the Fuel to Flame Our Communication with God (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2008), 922.

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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