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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Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”