Psalms 96: Past, Present and Future
Psalms 96 has some interesting thoughts about missionaries. Of course, I believe that we are all missionaries on some level because we all have the same Great Commission to spread the Gospel wherever we go. This chapter provides two main reasons why we ought to tell the “heathen” (I love KJV English) about the one God that we do worship.
Psa 96:5 For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
One obvious contrast here is that the God of the Bible is a creator, and an idol is a piece of wood. There is a definite difference between those two types of beings. Interestingly, the creator question is still one of the most active discussions between Christians and non-Christians. The other week, we had a debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye (which was actually surprisingly disappointing), but it definitely shows that people care about this topic. As Christians, we believe that God is a creator. He brought the universe into existence. So, if there is a God like this as we believe there is, then we should be telling the world about it.
However, there is another reason why this chapter advocates sharing the Gospel.
Psa 96:9 O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
Psa 96:10 Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.
If it wasn’t enough that God is a creator, then what if I tell you that God is still actively involved in the world today? God is still the judge. It isn’t like He created the world in the past and let it run. I seem to be writing a lot about Deism lately, but God still seems to have some kind of interest in the world. In this case, God reigns, and He will judge in the future.
Look at this chapter. We hear about God in the past, present and future. That is what we need to be telling people. Christianity is not some kind of belief system that has no implications. It is definitely different than any other religion on earth for multiple reasons, but this chapter outline some of them.