Psalm 67:1-7

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by: FCC Staff

06/20/2022

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 1  May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah 

 2  that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. 

 3  Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! 

 4  Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah 

 5  Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! 

 6  The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us. 

 7  God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!     Psalm 67:1-7                                

I got the opportunity to prepare and deliver my first sermon in my junior year of high school. I don’t recall how it went. Maybe I blocked it out…I do, however, remember the passage I spoke on – Matthew 5:13-16: “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

The concept of salt and light is pretty incredible. As children of God, empowered by the Spirit, we have the opportunity to impact the world around us a great deal. In fact, I would argue that we are, whether we realize it or not, constantly influencing the people around us. Our words, actions, and attitudes nudge people in one of two directions- toward God or away from Him. 

As followers of Jesus, we should obviously focus our efforts on accomplishing the former! In Psalm 67, the Psalmist seems to recognize the role of God’s people to that end. “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.” (Psalm 67:1-3) 

Keep your interactions with others in mind this week. Recognize opportunities to share the Gospel through your good deeds and loving words. Help those around you experience Jesus in real and practical ways!

Prayer for Today: Lord God, thank You for allowing us to be your ambassadors on earth. Help us to be honest, caring, and loving to the people we encounter. Give us the power we need to shine Your light at the dark places of this world. Thank You for Your Son. Amen.

 1  May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah 

 2  that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. 

 3  Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! 

 4  Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah 

 5  Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! 

 6  The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us. 

 7  God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!     Psalm 67:1-7                                

I got the opportunity to prepare and deliver my first sermon in my junior year of high school. I don’t recall how it went. Maybe I blocked it out…I do, however, remember the passage I spoke on – Matthew 5:13-16: “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

The concept of salt and light is pretty incredible. As children of God, empowered by the Spirit, we have the opportunity to impact the world around us a great deal. In fact, I would argue that we are, whether we realize it or not, constantly influencing the people around us. Our words, actions, and attitudes nudge people in one of two directions- toward God or away from Him. 

As followers of Jesus, we should obviously focus our efforts on accomplishing the former! In Psalm 67, the Psalmist seems to recognize the role of God’s people to that end. “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.” (Psalm 67:1-3) 

Keep your interactions with others in mind this week. Recognize opportunities to share the Gospel through your good deeds and loving words. Help those around you experience Jesus in real and practical ways!

Prayer for Today: Lord God, thank You for allowing us to be your ambassadors on earth. Help us to be honest, caring, and loving to the people we encounter. Give us the power we need to shine Your light at the dark places of this world. Thank You for Your Son. Amen.

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