Missiology Through Scripture – Psalm 82:8

“Arise, O God, judge the earth; for you shall inherit all the nations!” – Psalm 82:8

This is a lament psalm focusing on injustices. Judging is an act which is done by a ruler. God’s judgment is just. All nations already belong to God and in his pure justice it is desirable to God to be the one doing the judging. The psalm points to the future when the Messiah is seen to inherit the nations. It is Jesus who will rule over all the tribes and nations. How beautiful to know our sinful and unjust world will be inherited by Christ, the perfect judge. Our human leaders fail to implement fairness and therefore our psalmist clamors for righteousness from God’s rule.

This is a request for God to pour out his justice and mercy as he sees fit, to rule in his perfect way. The result will be mercy on the elect and well-deserved justice for the wicked. Christian disciples seek God’s reign because only he is good, maybe not good by worldly standards, but perfectly good and full of grace. David Platt said, “We ask God to judge, and then we anticipate God to come—to come and claim his inheritance. To come and establish a new heaven and a new earth where evil and injustice will be no more … and goodness and justice will reign forever. This is what we do. We plead for God’s justice to reign, and we keep pleading with anticipation in our hearts, because we want God’s kingdom to come.”[1] God will reign over all and bring glory to himself.

Christ can inherit the nations without the help of his elect. However, he has joyfully conscripted his church to train and send broken missionaries to bring the nations to him. Certainly, Jesus does not need missionaries, but he desires, for his own glory, to use his laborers to enter the sinful world and take with them the perfect grace of Christ.

 

[1] David Platt, “A Plea for Justice,” in David Platt Sermon Archive (Birmingham, AL: David Platt, 2014), 4395.

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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