Daily D – Psalm 67:1-2
Psalm 67:1, 2 May God be gracious to us and bless us; may he make his face shine upon us so that your way may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. (CSB)
The tendency among some people of faith is to ever-more rigidly define who is in and who is out and what standards must be met to be considered In. Circles are drawn smaller and smaller this way. Control becomes stronger and stronger this way. This way leads away from Psalm 67, Luke 2:10, and John 3:16.
God’s purpose in selecting one people group for unique relationship and fellowship was to bless the whole world, including every people group everywhere. Racial, ethnic, language, and cultural barriers among and between people groups all fall down because of what Jesus has done for us. Listen to Ephesians 2:13, 14:
But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility.
Psalm 67:3 says, “Let the peoples praise you, God; let all the peoples praise you.” These words are repeated in verse 5.
The main verses and the refrain of God’s Word, the Bible, is that he loves everybody and so should we. He wants all people to be saved and no one to perish (John 3:17; 2 Peter 3:9).
Christmas is a message of beautiful, wonderful unity among all who joyfully declare and freely confess that Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. He is our Savior, Redeemer, Healer, Friend. He is the Gift of all Gifts for All People Everywhere.
How could we not join the angels in singing his praise?
“Let the peoples praise you, God; let all the peoples praise you.”
I will praise God for loving people even like you and me.
Our Father, yours is a bold love. Your love is all-inclusive. Your love extends to everyone everywhere. Outcasts and outsiders, by your love, are welcomed and included in your forever family. How could we not declare this truth? How could we not sing your praise? Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.