A Missionary Hymn –
Blessed Is the Nation Whose God Is the Lord
This outline is from July 21, 1977 in my Personal devotions Journal for 1977;Scheduled Bible-In-A-Year reading for that day, Ps 33-34. On the previous day, Tuesday, in Chattanooga, TN, in an evening revival service, in between two summer school sessions of 30 days each, I responded to an invitation by the evangelist, Ron Comfort, that I would be willing to be a missionary, should God lead me in that direction.
The very next morning I read: “Psa 33:8 “Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.” I had been focusing of missions verses in a Bible reading schedule that ran for 1 year.
A Missionary Hymn
I. A Prelude in Praise vv. 1-3
[prelude=a preceding event…introduces what follows, thus:]
Psa 33:1 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. Psa 33:2 Praise the LORD with the harp; Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Psa 33:3 Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.
1) v.4[a] [the] Word of God. 2) v.4[b] [the] Works of God.
Psa 33:4 For the word of the LORD is right, And all His work is done in truth. Psa 33:5 He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD. Psa 33:6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. Psa 33:7 He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses. vv. 4-7
II. Worldwide missionary call to Fear God.
A. v. 8 [the call]
Psa 33:8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
B. v.9 [the] Source of Power.
Psa 33:9 For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. 1. v10 Because of the heathen’s evil counsel. Psa 33:10 The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.
2. v11 Because God has given us correct “counsel,” v11 “to all generations.” Psa 33:11 The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations.
Universal observation of man, and his works: 12-15
Psa 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance. Psa 33:13 The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. Psa 33:14 From the place of His dwelling He looks On all the inhabitants of the earth; Psa 33:15 He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.
3. Because He delights in using the weak and powerless. vv 16-17
Psa 33:16 No king is saved by the multitude of an army; A mighty man is not delivered by great strength. Psa 33:17 A horse is a vain hope for safety; Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.
4. Because He promises us deliverance and preservation if we trust in Him. vv18-22.
Psa 33:18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy, Psa 33:19 To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine. Psa 33:20 Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. Psa 33:21 For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name. v21 – You cannot be happy unless you are trusting in Him, doing His will. Psa 33:22 Let Your mercy, O LORD, be upon us, Just as we hope in You.
[Post message, What I did as a result of the previous evangelistic message in 1977…] “Actions:”
1. FMF [Foreign Missions Fellowship] Meetings
2. Pray for Missionaries Daily
“By Faith” [This could become a foolish use of much needed time every night! I was beginning the next Monday a second 4 week summer school session in which a week’s worth of regular class assignments was to be done nightly and FMF meetings were 30-40 minutes nightly, thus ONLY ‘by faith’ would I be able to attend the meetings!]
Evening reading: Romans 8:1-11 [I was reading through the Bible in one year in both morning and evening sessions.] THIS WAS ONE OF THE MOST ENCOURAGING PORTIONS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT TO BE READING. God knew!
Here is a missionary prayer bulletin board I prepared in 1978 on our Sunday School Class at Highland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN.