1God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.
2That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.
Tucked in between two much longer Psalms, is this short Psalm, just seven verses long, but filled with great depth and encouragement. The psalmist begins by pleading for God's mercy, His blessing, and that His face would shine upon us.
What is the value of life apart from the Lord? In truth, there is no life apart from the Lord. Unless our life is filled with God's mercies and blessings, it becomes just a bleak subsistence! Unfortunately, most of us tend to struggle for years, sometimes even decades, before we come to that understanding. In fact, some people never do come to that knowledge. Why is that?
The allures of this life are so tantalizing that we are convinced that our true happiness is just around the corner. Surely more things, more prestige, more power, more honor, etc. are all we need to satisfy the longings of our hearts. If this life is all there is, that would be true, but there is so much more than just our years of existence on this earth.
We are created beings with souls that long for fellowship with God, our Creator. That longing fills our life with emptiness until it finds its completion in Christ. However, when God is merciful to us, blessing us with the knowledge of Him, that emptiness is filled with all the blessings of Christ. When God's face shines upon us, we come to the understanding that Christ is everything. All of the needs of our souls are met in Christ.
Oh that the whole world might be filled with the knowledge of Christ! We speak of world peace, ending poverty, and conquering diseases, but none of these things are possible apart from Christ. None of these things can be accomplished politically, because man's sin will always allow greed, envy, and pride to intervene!
As Christians, let us take up the banner introduced by the writer of Psalm 67. Let us pray for the healing of the nations as the Word of God is proclaimed to all mankind. We may not have the ability to preach the Gospel in foreign lands, but God has given a personal ministry to each of us right where we are. That ministry to our families, our friends, and our neighbors is the whole reason for our existence.
What an amazing God we serve! Oh, how He loves us with a love beyond our comprehension!
God Bless You,Linda