May His Face Shine Upon Us

Yesterday, we looked briefly at Psalm 67 because of its clear mission of God.  However Psalm 67 is not the only Psalm speaking of God’s mission.  Over and over again the psalmists called on all the peoples of all the lands and nations to praise the Lord.  So for today and tomorrow, we will be continuing to look at this Psalm.

May God be gracious to us and bless us

and make his face to shine upon us, Selah

       that your way may be known on earth,

your saving power among all nations.

       Let the peoples praise you, O God;

let all the peoples praise you!

       Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,

for you judge the peoples with equity

and guide the nations upon earth. Selah

       Let the peoples praise you, O God;

let all the peoples praise you!

       The earth has yielded its increase;

God, our God, shall bless us.

       God shall bless us;

let all the ends of the earth fear him! [1]

This Psalm is much more than a benediction sometimes offered at the end of a worship service.  It shows God being intentional concerning the mission of God’s people while we are here on earth.

First of all in verses one through three it is a prayer for God’s blessing and the inclusion of the Nations.  Another meaning of nations in the Bible is heathen or unbelievers.  But notice, the method of reaching the unbelievers is that the psalmist requests that God would make his face to shine upon us with his blessing.  This was originally a priestly benediction and the Psalmist encourages God’s people to make it personal for themselves.

God is the source of all benefits. His grace is the basis of his blessing, an undeserved expression of his love for his children. The blessing of God makes life on earth not only possible but even enjoyable. I can’t help but believe that unbelievers observing believers who are enjoying the life of God’s face shining upon us might just start asking us what we are up to.

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ps 67:1–7). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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