Missiology Through Scripture – Psalm 33:12

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!” – Psalm 33:12

There are nations which are blessed and nations which are not. As a people group embraces the Lord he provides them the resources they need to better serve and glorify God. However, there are nations which are allowed to prosper, yet they have not turned to the Lord. A nation which has been blessed should not assume their blessings are a result of God’s favor for the depth of their faith or the quality of their worship. If a nation has been blessed, God did not provide for them, so they could lavish themselves with greater comfort and entertainment. God’s blessing were intended to be passed along and shared with the less fortunate.

Too frequently those blessed by the Lord horde God’s blessings for themselves and do not redistribute God’s resources as he envisioned. God’s blessing were not intended to be used to increase the comfort and security of the recipient. God desires all his elect to be served and for his mercy to be distributed to all. John Calvin said, “This is not for the sake of earthly happiness, but because he delivers them from death, he preserves forever and keeps in his everlasting mercy those whom he has chosen as his people.”[1] God sanctifies the giver and the receiver of his blessings.

God’s elect are his heritage. This knowledge should not increase entitlement or greed amongst the elect. The God of mercy has not saved the elect because they are worthy of saving, but because he is worthy of saving us. An arrogance in salvation by the elect is proof they do not truly understand God. God’s elect should attempt to reach the nations as a show of gratitude and worship of God. Election should not stifle global outreach, but it should intensify a desire to reach the lost.

 

[1] John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion & 2, ed. John T. McNeill, trans. Ford Lewis Battles, vol. 1, The Library of Christian Classics (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011), 435.