Missiology Through Scripture – Psalm 71:24

“And my tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long, for they have been put to shame and disappointed who sought to do me hurt.” – Psalm 71:24

This is a rare psalm in that it has no title. This song of lament is concerned with old age and of the daily life of the psalmist. The author speaks of his trials, but concludes the psalm acknowledging the joyous desire he has to praise the Lord. Leading up to this final verse the author foretells his singing and playing instruments in praise of the Lord. The last pledge of the author is to tell others of God’s victory over those who wish harm upon him. He commits to share the grace of God all the day long.

This unceasing level of verbal praise to Yahweh is something God is certainly worthy of. However, how often do Christian disciples truly tell of their love for God. The psalmist talks of a continuous level of telling of the Lord, but how many of us even talk of the Lord’s glory at all? Stephen Lennox said, “With such a perfect and personal God who has shown His love by rescuing the psalmist, praise can only be continual. His confidence in the righteousness of God in spite of difficulties, his eager expectation of the fullness of God’s blessings in spite of the ‘reality’ which age can bring, and his reliance upon God’s Word provide a model for Christians of any age.” [1] We who commit our lives to the glory of the Lord must certainly praise him continuously to the world. Sharing God’s name with the lost is a practice we should participate in unceasingly.

Disciples of Christ are indeed called to praise our Father because he has put to shame death and the evil which plots to control us. The sting of death has eternally been suppressed through the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus. To this fact, his elect are to rejoice and speak of his greatness, not occasionally, but all the day long.

 

[1] Stephen J. Lennox, Psalms: A Bible Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition (Indianapolis, IN: Wesleyan Publishing House, 1999), 218.

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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