Missiology Through Scripture – Psalm 7:7-8

“Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you; over it return on high. The Lord judges the peoples; judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me.” – Psalm 7:7-8

David is pleading for the Lord to rise and judge the world. The singers of this psalm are submitting to the fact all men are answerable to God, not just the elect. David, in not pointing to his own righteousness and integrity, but that which is in him from his Father. This psalm calls for the judicial righteousness which can only be experienced in God judgement.

If, as disciples of Christ, we choose to sing this psalm we must do so with urgency. Not simply urgency for the judgement, but urgency for the reaching of the nations. To call for judgment on one hand and do nothing towards bringing grace to the lost on the other hand, is simply a cruel act. Only God is worthy to judge. Walter Zorn said, “Yahweh God must do what the gods do not do: bring justice to the nations.”[1] Before the righteous judgement of justice is to be brought upon every tribe, those dedicated to God’s glory must take the truth of Christ to those tribes.

The mercy of Christ cannot be selfishly kept by Christians. The Lord’s disciples must show the compassion found in the blood of Christ to the world, as it has been shown them. It is despicable and reprehensible to keep the truth from the lost. Taking no action is choosing sides. As we decide to do nothing to reach the lost we swing the axe no less than the executioner does. Our call for judgment and lack of evangelism is repugnant to the Lord of the harvest. Certainly, we want our Father to judge. Only he is worthy and capable of doing so. His judgement is not harsh, but full of justice. The disciples of Jesus must pray for that judgment to come quickly, but not one moment before we have done all we can to take his love to the nations.

 

[1] S. Edward Tesh and Walter D. Zorn, Psalms, The College Press NIV Commentary (Joplin, MO: College Press, 1999), 116.

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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