Monday, June 15, 2009

This week is Psalm 67

Oh, I have some big thoughts about this psalm. But, really, John Piper is way smarter than me and a commentary I read includes this quote from Let the Nations Be Glad: The Supremacy of God in Missions by Piper in the notes for this psalm: "Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't...Worship, therefore, is the fuel and goal in missions. It's the goal in missions because in missions we simply aim to bring the nations into the white-hot enjoyment of God's glory. The goal of missions is the gladness of the peoples in the greatness of God."

Wow. The psalmist wrote that he wanted God to look with favor on us and to bless us so that people would know Him and praise Him.

Our goal and our purpose is to worship Him. To bring glory and honor to Him alone in all that we do.

What are your thoughts either on the psalm and/or the quote by Piper? What about the part of the psalm that states that God judges and leads the nations?

It's been a couple of weeks since I've posted a psalm of the week so I look forward to reading your responses!

Serving the King,


1 comment:

Kathy W said...

Well, it seems everything I hear/read the last few days has to do with taking God's word to the nations. I think every song we sang on Sunday morning had some reference to it. Hailey left Friday for a month working in the school in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. What normally would be a 6 hour plane ride took 2 days. Anyway, I think God is just re-inforcing to me His call on her life. While it is an amazing and wonderful feeling to know that your child is following God's call on her life, and I would want nothing less, it is quite another putting action to it and actually putting her on a plane, then wondering why the plane is being diverted, etc. Anyway, this Psalm and John Piper's quote, (Hailey has read that book more than once, by the way) both remind me that bringing all nations to know and worship Christ is the goal of each and every Christian. So I am trusting Him to honor her commitment to Him and remind myself daily that He loves her even more than I do!
In His Grip,
Kathy W