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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Jeremiah 35:12-14 “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?’ declares the Lord. ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab ordered his descendants not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather’s command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me.”
Psalm 78:70-72 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
Jeremiah 23:20-22 The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly. I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.