August 13, 2020 Daily Devotion

The reading for today is Psalm 67, NRSV.

The Nations Called to Praise God

To the leader: with stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song.


May God be gracious to us and bless us

and make his face to shine upon us, Selah


that your way may be known upon earth,

your saving power among all nations.


Let the peoples praise you, O 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. Selah


Let the peoples praise you, O God;

let all the peoples praise you.


The earth has yielded its increase;

God, our God, has blessed us.


May God continue to bless us;

let all the ends of the earth revere him.

The reading for today is both a Psalm and song. The Psalmist is asking for God’s blessings so that God’s grace may be known by all the people of the earth. The word Selah, means a pause for reflection or perhaps a musical interlude. The Psalmist asks God to be gracious to us and to make his face shine upon us and then gives us the opportunity to think about that, meditate on it and let it soak into our hearts and minds.

The Psalmist asks that all the people praise God, that we be glad because God judges all the people with equity and guides all the nations upon the earth. Time for more reflection here. He asks for all the peoples to praise God, to come together in a unified song of praise. He finishes the Psalm by asking God to continue to bless us and in turn charges us to give God the glory, honor and respect that He deserves. This message seems to resonate with the current state of our world. May we as the body of Christ share this message with others so that we live out God’s promise in our world.

Dear God help us to live our lives to bring glory to you. Amen.

Kris Ward

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