• W. Austin Gardner

Thy Kingdom Come!




Psalm 67:1 God be merciful unto us, and bless us; And cause his face to shine upon us; Selah. 2 That thy way may be known upon earth, Thy saving health among all nations. 3 Let the people praise thee, O God; Let all the people praise thee. 4 O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: For thou shalt judge the people righteously, And govern the nations upon earth. Selah. 5 Let the people praise thee, O God; Let all the people praise thee. 6 Then shall the earth yield her increase; And God, even our own God, shall bless us. 7 God shall bless us; And all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

  • This is the great missionary psalm, notice the words, all nations, all the people, and all the ends of the earth

  • This is the text preached for the first white American Baptist missionary to leave for the field, Adoniram Judson

  • The preacher said this psalm was a prayer to God that the world might know God’s way and His saving health

  • He was being sent forth to seek the salvation of all mankind because of the truths included here

  • Jesus tasted death for all men Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

  • Jesus is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world I John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

  • Whosoever will come make take of the water of life freely Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

  • The preacher told the congregation that they were very likely looking on the preacher for the last time as Judson went out to preach the truth that gave them comfort in life and hope in death

  • He said that God was about to do a marvelous work

  • This is also a millennial psalm

  • Notice the words judge and govern Psalm 67:4 O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: For thou shalt judge the people righteously, And govern the nations upon earth. Selah.

  • The Christmas verse you use promises a future time for the Messiah Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: And the government shall be upon his shoulder: And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, Upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, To order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice From henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

  • This hasn’t happened yet, but will in the millennial kingdom, 1,000 year reign of Christ

  • The government has not yet been on His shoulders

  • He has not yet been the Prince of Peace, the first time He came, He brought a sword and not peace

  • He has not set up the throne of David yet

  • When you read Scripture you will often see two events very closely stuck together but one has happened and the other not, we call them mountain peaks of prophecy

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; Because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all that mourn;

  • Jesus used this text as He began His ministry

  • He left off the last part about the day of vengeance because the verse speaks of two times

  • Jesus came as suffering servant but will return as a reigning king

  1. The great need Psalm 67:1 God be merciful unto us, and bless us; And cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

  2. This is obviously a prayer from Israel to God

  3. They needed God to work in their lives

  4. They are and have always been completely surrounded by enemies

  5. When Jesus comes back and sets up His kingdom they will experience the greatness of having His face shine on them

  6. All the world needs mercy

  7. People are dying without hope

  8. Can you imagine being Hindu

  9. They fully expect to die and come back to earth, reincarnation

  10. How they are born and live is due to what they did in their last life

  11. Their goal is self knowledge

  12. Their lives are lived out based on karma, whether they have been good or bad

  13. They can come back as a fly or a cow or wealthy and healthy

  14. Can you imagine being a Muslim

  15. They do not believe in reincarnation

  16. They will live in their grave very likely looking towards their final destination

  17. Their eternity is based on their complete obedience

  18. Heaven will be a place of sensual pleasures

  19. Hell is boiling water and fire.