A Gracious and Known God
Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 66-69
Key verses: Psalm 67:1-2
There is a lovely benediction of sorts at the beginning of Psalm 67:
“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us – so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.”
It reminds me of two things about God.
First, that He is a gracious God – not one that we must appease with offerings, like some pagan deity that threatens to blow the top off a volcano. Our God is the One who understands us deeply and intimately, warts and all, and still loves us beyond our limited imagination’s ability to comprehend.
Second, as we receive – and pass on – that divine grace to others, others come to know God as we know Him.
The gift we receive is also the burden we bear – to spread God’s love in simple, sometimes small, but always profound ways.
Perhaps I should not use the word burden. It conjures up images of hardship; of a debt being repaid. The fact is, Christian faith has always proclaimed that we could never “pay off” the debt we have to God.
No, maybe we should stick to words like privilege; opportunity; joyful prospect – that’s what we have each day – the chance to merely express our love and praise of God by passing on the love and grace He so freely showers on us.
So, may God’s face shine on us brightly. Not so that we can just sit back and reap the benefits of our relationship with Him.
But so we may find those who live in darkness – and show them the way – to the light.
Prayer: Merciful, loving God, help me to be a beacon of light, in your name. AMEN.