Missiology Through Scripture – 1 Chronicles 16:23-24

“Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” – 1 Chronicles 16:23-24

These verses are a psalm of praise from David. This section comes from Psalm 96, which celebrates God’s rule over all the earth. The desire for David is the worship of Yahweh by every nation. The second king of Israel desired the entire globe to share the salvific message of the Lord. Like David, it should be the desire of every disciple of God to seek God’s glory among all the nations. Each of us should be doing our part to increase the worship of Christ among each and every people group.

The purpose of the church is to facilitate the worship of Jesus among the various people groups. It is our call to take the gospel to the nations and disciple them in the ways of the Lord. David Platt said, “They need to know His glory, that’s the purpose, the gospel, the glory of God preached to all people groups. We’re not just going after the world in general; we’re going after people groups. Groups of people in the world.”[1] This is not simply another ministry in the local church, but purpose the church exists. It is the worship of the Lord, through the sharing of the gospel, we are instructed to accomplish.

As we overflow with joy we are frequently dizzy with song. This type of uncontrollable giddy emotion is to erupt from us at the thought of being privileged enough to take the gospel to the nations. Instead, we often tremble with fear at the thought of crossing cultures to deliver the good news. King David instructed us to rejoice in song at the Lord’s command to declare his name. Let us pray for more missionaries who are bold and willing to experience the unmatchable pleasure of reaching the world’s lost with Christ’s perfect message of grace and mercy. The privilege of answering the call to go should bring us overpowering elation.

 

[1] David Platt, “Engage the Lost,” in David Platt Sermon Archive (Birmingham, AL: David Platt, 2009), 2299–2300.