May God be gracious to us and bless us and make God’s face to shine upon us, that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the people praise you, Oh God; let all the peoples praise you. Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Psalm 67:1-4
Psalm 67 reminds us that God’s saving power is for all. There is no limit to it. Furthermore, we are to be the messengers who will make that saving power known among all nations. That’s a different understanding from what we witness daily: from personal use of our own power to that wielded nationally and internationally – power often used to influence, control, and, often only available to some.
Recently, I’ve been involved in many conversations about that kind of power and the contrast with God’s ‘saving power’. God’s saving power is not a tool for shaming, or a set of rules for the sake of exerting dominion. God’s saving power judges with equity and is to be a guide for nations on earth. And the Psalmist asks God’s face to shine on us that we may make known that’s how things are to be.
So this is the question: What would it look like if we embraced and reflected God’s way, God’s saving power? What would it be like if we each committed to being messengers reflecting God’s grace in acts of generosity, advocating for equity, seeking God’s guidance for all our personal relationships and for all nations? The Psalmist says that this is our calling.
Prayer: God, be gracious to us and bless us with your power that brings equity and salvation for all. Guide us daily that we may be your witnesses and reflect your grace which causes all people to be glad and sing for joy. Amen
Deaconess Candidate Karen Hernes, Valparaiso, IN