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Your Salvation Among All Nations

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“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us; that Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.” (Ps. 67:1-2)

The psalmist here is explicitly asking for God’s blessing. He wants God to be gracious to him, to provide for him, to do him good and bring increase and prosperity to his life in some way. He wants more from God. If we just took the psalmist’s request by itself, we might be forgiven for thinking this is a kind of “health and wealth” request. “O God, give me, give me, give me!”

But then we read verse 2, and see the motivation behind the desire for blessing. The psalmist has only one reason for wanting more, for wanting increase and blessing. He wants to take what God gives and use it only to make known God’s way, His truth, on earth. He wants to advance, promote and contribute to God’s saving power going out and gaining the victory in hearts in all the nations of the earth. He has a desire for God’s saving power and glory that is global in scope. He is not satisfied with provincial or local salvation. He wants salvation among the people of China, Russia, Zambia, Australia, Argentina, Chile, Indonesia, Egypt, Sudan, South Africa, Canada, North Korea, Syria and Sri Lanka.

He does not want health and wealth. He does not want blessings so that he can simply care about he and his, or about his local community or country. He wants God to give him resources to do what God wants to do already, which is to bring the sheep from the “other fold also.”

May you so bless us, Lord, and may we desire to use your blessing for the salvation of the nations. May we thrill to such a prospect.



Written by Michael Duenes

May 10, 2017 at 3:55 am

Posted in Duenes, Psalms

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