Missiology Through Scripture – Psalm 68:32

“O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; sing praises to the Lord, Selah” – Psalm 68:32

In this Davidic psalm Israel is praising God for his protection and provision. The focus is on God’s faithfulness to Israel and a recognition of his great majesty. The psalm does not, however, stop at Israel. The psalm seeks praise of Yahweh throughout the Gentile nations. The mentioning of God’s victory over enemy states is a foreshadowing of the glorious victory Christ will achieve over death.

The elect of Christ are to spread his victory over death among all the nations. The psalmist pleads with great emotion for all the nations to praise and sing to God. The good news of Christ was never meant to be kept only for the elect, but to be taken to the world so the nations can also sing of the great labors of Christ. Christopher Wright, “The good news of the kingdom of God that is to go out to the ends of the earth, to bring comfort and joy to all nations, is the good news of the living God who reigns, who returns to his rightful inheritance, and who redeems the whole world.”[1] We plead for the nations to know God, but we must first follow God’s commands and go out into the nations before they are to sing to God.

The elect are not to be discouraged in evangelism through God’s sovereignty. It is only God’s sovereignty, and not our own labors, which should give us confidence. The nations will not praise God if we refuse to sojourn into the world and share his name. Indeed, we are to pray for the lost to come to Christ, but God has sent us to be an answer to that prayer. Through the strength given us in the Spirit we have what we need to go into the nations and to help them launch their praises of Christ.

 

[1] Christopher J. H. Wright, The Mission of God’s People: A Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission, Biblical Theology for Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010), 186.