“I have seen, at different times, the smoke of a thousand villages—villages whose people are without Christ, without God, and without hope in the world.”

Robert Moffat

TODAY’S READING: Psalms 25, 29, 33, 36, 39

In the Psalms, our missionary God has provided us with a great missionary hymnbook. Paul York points out that

most Christians who read the Psalms say they are about the troubles we face in life and how God helps us in them. While the Psalms do discuss how God helps us in our troubles, to miss the missio Dei [mission of God] in the Psalms is to read them blindly. In the Psalms we find the nations, the peoples, the ends of the earth, the nobles of the nations, the coastlands, the distant shores and more… More than 40 psalms deal with the topic of salvation for the nations.[1]

Christopher Wright points out that Old Testament monotheism is directly connected to and centered on God’s sovereign rule over all peoples and all nations and that this theology is intrinsic to the Psalms. He broadly outlines Old Testament monotheism in these terms:[2]


Commenting on Psalm 33, Christopher Wright warns:

Ultimately, we pay the cost of putting ultimate trust in what can never deliver ultimate security. Ultimately, it seems, we never learn that false gods can never fail to fail. That is the only thing about a false god you can depend on. By contrast, after magnificent reflections on the sovereign power of the Lord and his word in redemption, creation, providence and history, the author of Psalm 33 warns us against investing our hope for salvation anywhere else.[3]

India has over 2,000 unreached peoples. There is no hope for India outside of the Sovereign Lord and His uncompromising gospel. The pantheon of gods has failed. The litany of human cures has faltered. The thousand mission projects, programs, and businesses cannot save or redeem one soul. The billions of dollars in government spending, foreign aid, and social programs have not provided answers or eternal help. There is only one hope for salvation for the unreached of India: the God of the Bible and the faithful undiluted gospel message. And what is true for 59 million Brahmin Hindu is true for us: We have nowhere to go, nothing to trust, and no one to save other than Jehovah.

Let us learn the lesson of the psalms—all “gods” cannot fail to fail. In mission, let us not make gods of our plans, projects, dollars, and programs. God, through Christ, is still the only true power of the gospel.

[1]  Paul York. A Biblical Theology of Missions. Springfield, MO: Africa’s Hope, 2008. 77-78. York lists 2, 9, 18, 22, 33, 45–49, 57, 65, 67, 68, 72, 76, 77, 79, 82, 83, 86, 87, 94–100, 102, 103, 105, 108, 114, 117, 118, 126, 138, 139, 144–146, 150 as the psalms that specifically deal with God’s salvation plan for the nations.

[2] Christopher J. H. Wright. The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2006. 104.

[3] Ibid. 169.

Prayer Focus: India (2,288 UPGs)

Today’s Unreached People Group: Brahmin
Population: 59,282,000
Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Evangelical: 0.01%
Estimated Workers Needed: 1,186

[Source: Joshua Project]

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