Missiology Through Scripture – 1 Chronicles 16:31

“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns!’” – 1 Chronicles 16:31

This passage, which is also contained in Psalm 96, was delivered to Asaph. The author, king David, is celebrating God’s kingship over all of creation. This text talks of the desire for God’s majesty to be multiplied. Israel as God’s elect people embraced a desire to increase God’s glory. David seeks to spread God’s glory beyond the people of Israel, to be shared throughout the globe.

Like David, God’s elect today should not wish to selfishly keep God’s greatness only for themselves. The blessings of the Lord have proven bountiful for us and should be shared. As David calls his people to desire expansion of praise of the Lord, so too is the church today called to facilitate the expansion of the glory of the Lord. Yahweh did much for Israel and made them eager to rejoice. Donald Spence-Jones said, “David saw, in the restoration of the ark, a new and solemn resumption of his direct government by Jehovah; and of this glorious fact he bids the people make acknowledgment and render witness.”[1] God’s elect throughout time have been commanded to take God’s salvific grace to all the nations.

What a complete delight to know our obedient actions contain within them the ability to make the heavens glad and the earth rejoice. By conforming to the Lord’s call to take his name to the nations Christ’s disciples can bring him glory and help the lost of the world rejoice. God desires for his obedient elect to implement his sovereign will among the nations. For his dutiful followers the Lord has placed among our responsibilities to share with the lost the only way to eternal salvation. God’s glory is magnified when the lost call on his splendid name. The nations await goers and senders from your church to provide them the truth which will enable them to call out in the name of the Lord.


[1] H. D. M. Spence-Jones, ed., 1 Chronicles, The Pulpit Commentary (London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909), 266.